Feel Free for Gluten Free Pasta Range

feelfree-logoHere’s the first of a number of belated reviews. Sorry for the delay, just one of the joys of having a busy full-time job! 😦

This review is about Feel Free for Gluten Free and their range of 100% corn pastas. I’m a big fan of all things pasta, so to have another brand to review was ace!

If you don’t know much about Feel Free for Gluten Free, here’s some more information about them taken from their website:

Our Managing Director Sally Allister started the company in 2004 following her own experiences of living a gluten free lifestyle. A diagnosed coeliac, Sally understands the demand for high quality, great tasting products made without wheat and gluten.

Sally says, “We launched our Feel Free brand to give gluten free consumers just like me the choice and variety of foods that they’re entitled to – and with the quality to match. We’re proud of our products and feel that they are good enough to be served up on the plates of the whole family and not just to those who avoid wheat and gluten in their diets.”

Following the success of our savoury items, we’ve expanded the Feel Free brand to include sweet bakery products, Eastern inspired savouries, and a range of wholesome pies. More products are coming to the Feel Free range in 2014, including some exciting breakfast and snacking options.

We’ve developed the products in the Feel Free range using only the finest naturally gluten free ingredients. Our enthusiastic team have carefully created and perfected their recipes until they are confident they’ve come up with products you’ll love.

DSC04315I was kindly sent a selection of pastas from the range including penne, fusilli, spaghetti and alphabet pasta. I don’t have children myself, but I’m sure the alphabet pasta would be a winner for kids!

As well as being wheat and gluten free, the dried pasta is also free from dairy, egg and soya and is also low in fat.

There are obviously lots of different uses for pasta, but we used the fusilli pasta to make a sausage and vegetable bake, which included onions, tomatoes, peppers and courgettes and a generous helping of a cheese to create an amazing topping! Yummy! 🙂

I’m always fussy with my pasta as I’d much prefer it to be soft rather than al dente so I do tend to cook my pasta longer than the instructions suggest. The instructions on box stated a cooking time of 10-12 minutes in slightly salted water, but for personal reasons I don’t add additional salt to anything, so the pasta was cooked in plain water.

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I think that the corn pasta worked brilliantly in this dish and it certainly didn’t seem to be as ‘stodgy’ as many other pasta brands on the market.

A press release from the brand also comments on the cooking ability of the pasta, commenting that it is ‘impossible to over cook, Feel Free for Gluten Free’s 100% corn pasta holds together well during cooking, unlike some free from pasta’.

DSC05614One final comment I must make about this brand, is regarding their image. The brand is instantly recognisable due to its green and black packaging, but I have to see their alphabet pasta is ace!

If those cute lions don’t grab the attention of kids, nothing will! 🙂

If you’d like to find out more about Feel Free for Gluten Free, you can visit their website, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

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