Pasta is a staple food of most Americans’ diets and one of the hardest losses felt by celiacs and people with gluten intolerances. You know the feeling.
Since starting my gluten free diet in 2009, there has been a huge increase in the amount— and variety— of gluten free pastas now available. Although we can now find every type of pasta from brown rice, corn, quinoa and legumes, in every shape and style— penne, rotini, angel hair spaghetti, fettuccini, elbows, farfalle, rigatoni, etc.—it is still extremely rare to find homemade pasta and ravioli that is both fresh and flavorful.
Now, that is where I want to introduce you to the Nantucket Pasta Goddess.
Seeing the need for a better gluten free pasta that didn’t skimp on taste or texture, Liliana began experimenting and working on recipes. After many attempts, she finally found a recipe that works really well, and the taste is pretty amazing.
Liliana introduced her pasta to the world in 2010, and it is now available in over 250 retail and restaurant locations in New England – , and can be found as far west as California and as far south as Florida. For a complete list of retail and restaurant locations, click here.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Liliana to talk about her company and what makes her products so different from the rest of the gluten free pastas we see at the supermarket. Liliana’s pastas are fresh, not dried. Fresh pasta is often locally made and uses, well, fresh ingredients, while dried pasta comes in a box, is shipped over long distances, and has been sitting on shelves for an unknown period of time. Fresh pasta contains egg, and therefore texture of fresh pasta is more delicate than dried pasta.
Liliana’s line of Nantucket Pasta Goddess gluten free pastas includes: four different types of ravioli, lasagna noodles, gnocchi, goddess waves, and tagliatelle.
All of their products are made in a gluten free facility. Naturally free of wheat, gluten, corn, soy and nuts, all pastas are also non-GMO.
When Liliana asked if I would like to try some of her pastas I said yes and quickly ran home and made ravioli for dinner!
Nantucket Pasta Goddess’ signature cut pasta is called Goddess Waves. The long wavy tubular shaped pasta is an “S” shape that holds on to sauces so you get an explosion of flavor with each bite. The pasta is thicker than what I was expecting, and has an incredible fresh and dough-like flavor, unlike any other pasta experience I’ve ever had.
Butternut Squash Ravioli was my favorite. It had great flavor; butternut squash, sage, and freshly ground spices. Some of the raviolis were broken in the bag, and lost their fillings while cooking, therefore the inside was a little watery, but it did not take away from the taste.
The Lemon Ricotta Ravioli is filled with real Ricotta and a little lemon twist. The overwhelming lemon flavor was unexpected. It was a little too much for us. The ravioli, like the butternut squash, also fell apart a bit while it was cooking.
Made from a unique blend of fresh locak ricotta, asiago, mozzarella, parmiggiano, provolone, and fontina cheese, sprinkled with nutmeg, salt, and pepper, the Sei Formag Ravioli is also bursting with flavor. Jeremy loved this cheese ravioli and said, “This shouldn’t only be for people who are gluten free. I would eat this all the time!” The ravioli held together well while cooking and it was delicious paired with a hearty tomato sauce.
The Mushroom and Goat Cheese Ravioli is made with oven-roasted mushrooms, shallots, garlic and red wine with, fresh thyme. This ravioli was just bursting with mouth-watering flavors and just the right amount of cheese. This ravioli also held together while cooking; it must have something to do with the cheese…
The Rosemary Lemon Gnocchi had great flavor, the lemon was not nearly as overpowering as the ravioli, and we really enjoyed it. We didn’t have good luck cooking the gnocchi though; it was a bit mushy, but incredibly flavorful and tasty nonetheless.
The lasagna sheets were great for making lasagna and cannelloni. I loved the freshness my lasagna had; not something I’ve experienced in a long time.
FINALLY gluten free ravioli and homemade pasta that I can enjoy at home!! Liliana has found a way to create and package the freshest pastas that are easy to prepare, with all the benefits of a gluten free pasta without sacrificing the flavor and texture of a great pasta.
I highly recommend trying it, it really does speak for itself and you will not be disappointed.
Nantucket Pasta Goddess products can now be found at the Whole Foods in Jamaica Plain, as well as over 250 locations throughout New England, and can also be purchased online. Prices range from $6.75-$10.25.
Disclaimer: I received this product free to sample and review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.