A company called TOLERANT Foods contacted me to see if I’d try their gluten free pasta so I could review it on this site.
Do I want to eat some pasta that won’t make me sick?
I love pasta, and that was one of the hardest foods to give up when I discovered I was gluten intolerant. It was like the food fairies were smiling down on me.
So I checked out TOLERANT’s website and I really liked what I read. Besides being gluten free, their pasta products are organic, non-GMO and made in the USA. All the things that matter to me the most.
That’s not all. From their website:
TOLERANT, the revolutionary single ingredient, gluten free, organic, Non-GMO, vegan, low-glycemic, legume products were developed with everyone in mind, made to enjoy by anyone with food allergies. We welcome all celiacs, diabetics, vegans, and anyone suffering from any or all of the 8 top food allergens! Welcome to TOLERANT. Here to bring health and wellness to the world.
That’s pretty cool.
Now I was just hoping that the penne actually tasted good.
So on to the review. It goes without saying, my opinion is 100% honest. I only promote products that are valuable to my readers.
TOLERANT Organic Red Lentil Penne
The pasta I tried was the red lentil penne. It comes in a 12-ounce box and makes four servings.
When I read the nutrition information, I was really impressed. Particularly, the 21 grams of protein caught my eye as well as the 40 % iron. Wow!
And the ingredients: Non-GMO Organic Red Lentil Penne
You can check out all the facts for this penne below. (Click on the image for a bigger view.)
Cooking the Penne
As is typical for most pastas, the instructions said to boil the noodles anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes. The directions on the box use the metric system, so if you use the standard system like I do, a simple conversion is necessary to figure out the ratio of pasta to water. In case anyone’s interested, 1 liter equals 4.22 US cups.
So after I figured out my measurements, I proceeded to boil the penne. I was immediately struck by the earthy, lentil-like aroma. It smelled really good!
And like other pastas, I had to periodically stir it all to make sure it didn’t stick together.
I tasted the pasta after the 8-minute mark and noticed that it was a bit too hard for my taste and very “chewy.” So I boiled the full 10 minutes and that was much better. I definitely recommend 10 minutes, if not a minute longer, to get the best results.
Upon my first bite, I was surprised because it doesn’t taste much different than a traditional pasta. After chewing it awhile, I also noticed a slight bean-like, peppery flavor. It created a nice, subtle aftertaste.
And this is hard to put into words, but it almost felt like I was getting more of a satisfying chew. I could tell that the penne had more bang for its bite, meaning that I was getting a lot more nutrition with this food as compared to noodles made out of a flour mix.
This gluten free pasta not only reminded me of traditional penne, but to me, it tasted a lot better. I wasn’t expecting that. Oftentimes, when I hear that something is free of this or that, I wonder if I’m going to feel like I’m missing out when it comes to taste — TOLERANT definitely backs up their pasta with flavor.
My Gluten Free Pasta Dish
So are you wondering what I made with the penne? I was in the mood for alfredo. Here’s an image of what the finished penne alfredo looked like.
I hope this picture does it justice because this pasta was delicious! Oh my gosh, I could have eaten so much more than that one plate.
Something else I really enjoyed was that I felt full after my meal, but it wasn’t the usual uncomfortable bloating I get from gluten pasta. This full felt more satisfying as if I had just had a protein shake.
So I only have praises for this red lentil penne. The only thing that came up is that the pasta can clump if you don’t stir it regularly while it’s boiling. When the penne was in the finished alfredo, there was slight clustering on the plate, but that could have my error because I allowed the pasta to sit for a few minutes before adding the sauce.
Purchasing TOLERANT Foods Pasta
If you want to try this product, it might be easier to order online. As of this writing, TOLERANT Foods is only available for purchase in a few locations. But if you buy on their website, you get FREE shipping!
Currently, their product list consists of black bean or red lentil in rotini, penne and mini-fettuccine. For me, that covers any type of pasta dish I’d like to make.