Dell’Ugo is a UK pasta brand that has been in existence since 1929, and now has a gluten free offering. The main thing that makes Dell’Ugo stand out from the crowd is that their pasta is fresh, along with the unique chickpea fusilli.
I have to admit, I had not heard of this brand until I was sent samples of their penne and chickpea fusilli, but I was particularly keen to try the chickpea pasta as it is something I had never seen before.
The pastas are hand made and fresh, so they need to be refrigerated, or they can be frozen (and cooked from frozen – just add an extra 1 minute to the cooking time).
The low GI chickpea fusilli won the 2013 Free From Foods Innovation award. The first thing you notice about it is the size – it is much larger than a standard size fusilli and it does expand slightly with cooking.
The pasta held together well after cooking (4-5 mins) and I really enjoyed the taste – it is slightly nutty but the chickpea taste is not overpowering, even though it made of just chickpea flour and water. I think you may even be able to trick youngsters into getting their fibre if you have a tasty sauce! I whipped up a sauce just using things I had in the fridge – a red pesto, chorizo pieces and rocket, along with some grated cheese on top. I wasn’t sure if cheese would taste right with chickpeas, but the meal felt like a traditional pasta dish. You can find some other recipe suggestions here.
The penne is obviously a more traditional pasta and it compared very well to the dry pastas I would usually buy. It cooked in 4-5 minutes and it tasted similar to what I am used to, just fresher! It is made of cornflour, rice flour and water.
I will definitely buy these pastas again as the taste is great and both are a lot lower in calories than the dried pasta I usually buy. The chickpea fusilli is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrate than other pastas, and there is a whopping three times as much fibre.
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Dell’Ugo gluten free pastas are 300g per bag, which will serve three people (or two with large appetites!). They are egg free and suitable for vegans.
The fresh pasta has a fridge life of around one month and once opened needs to be consumed within 48 hours. If frozen, it can be kept for 3 months.
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