Product-Related Questions

What is durum wheat and why is it used to make Barilla pasta?

Durum wheat is a hard wheat that when milled properly produces high-quality semolina. It is high quality because semolina has proteins in it that contain elevated quantities of gluten. These attributes, along with the compact structure of semolina, allow Barilla Pasta to maintain its cooking consistency, delicious flavor, and al dente texture.

How do you judge good quality pasta?

The quality of pasta is very dependent upon the kind of wheat used and the manufacturing process. Barilla uses a blend of the finest durum wheat to produce the semolina that makes our pasta. Barilla's innovative milling process and methods assure the high quality and excellent cooking properties of our pasta.

Are there other ways to tell good quality pasta?

Yes, you can tell just by looking at it. Good pasta will have a unique yellow color. Properly grown, stored, milled, and dried, pasta will have very few defects such as black specks, white spots, or cracks. During cooking, the pasta will not clump together or form surface stickiness, and it should have good texture and elasticity upon chewing. Visually the pasta should be an amber yellow color, uniform in size and shape, and without grayish or reddish shades. Quality pasta will have a pleasant taste and aroma, and always cook al dente.

What is a recommended serving size, and is this for cooked or uncooked pasta?

The recommended serving size is 2 ounces of uncooked pasta, which equals approximately 1 cup of cooked pasta.

How should pasta be stored?

Pasta should be stored in a cool, dry place such as a cupboard or pantry.

What does "best if used by" mean?

This is the date on our packaging that Barilla recommends the product be consumed by. Past this date, Barilla cannot guarantee the product's freshness.

What is the shelf life of Barilla Pasta?

For the very best quality and taste, Barilla recommends using our pasta by the "best if used by" date found on our packaging.

Does Barilla Pasta contain dairy products?

Barilla's durum wheat semolina pasta does not contain any dairy products. The lines used to produce our pastas are not used to make any products containing dairy products.

Does Barilla Pasta contain nuts, nut products, or soy products?

Barilla's durum wheat semolina pasta does not contain any nuts, nut products, or soy. The lines used to produce our pastas are not used to make any products containing nuts or soy.

What is the refrigerator life of an opened jar of sauce?

Barilla recommends storing an opened jar of sauce in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. There are no preservatives added to Barilla Sauces. The remaining sauce may be frozen at any time during the 3-5 days; simply transfer the sauce to a freezer-safe container and it will be good for up to 3 months.

Which Barilla Sauce goes best with which Barilla Pasta shape?

Barilla's tomato-based sauces are "flexible" and diverse; they go very well with either long or short pasta shapes. For a detailed explanation, please click on the Barilla Pasta & Sauce Pairing Guide.

Are there preservatives in Barilla Sauces?

Barilla Sauces are completely preservative free. The special processing method that Barilla uses for our sauces guarantees an absolutely natural product.

Do Barilla Sauces contain MSG?

Barilla Sauces do not contain any form of MSG.

Is Barilla Sauce gluten free?

Barilla does not add gluten to the raw materials used to make our sauces. At the present time, however, we cannot guarantee that our sauces are absolutely gluten free.

What is the difference between Tortellini and Tortelloni?

The only difference is the size of the pasta. Tortelloni are slightly larger (5 grams) than the Tortellini (2 grams). Tortellini comes in Three Cheese and Cheese and Spinach flavors. It was made smaller so that it would be versatile in making meals for young children as well as adults.

The difference between the two shapes also really depends on usage. Traditionally, tortellini is often cooked in a simple broth – "Tortellini in Brodo." Tortellini is also great with just a little olive oil and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Tortelloni, due to its larger size, can be used with more substantial butter-based, dairy-based, or smooth vegetable-based sauces.

What is the origin of Tortellini?

Legend claims that Tortellini was inspired by the goddess Venus' navel. An Italian medieval legend tells how Venus and Zeus, weary one night after their involvement in a battle between Bologna and Modena, arrive at a tavern in a small town on the outskirts of Bologna. After eating a hearty dinner and becoming slightly drunk, they decide to share a bedroom. The innkeeper, captivated after watching them, creeps to their room and peeks through the keyhole of the bedroom door. However, all he can see through the keyhole is the naval of Venus. This vision leaves him spellbound – so much so that he immediately rushes to the kitchen and creates a pasta inspired by Venus' navel…and so was born the Tortellini.

What are the natural flavorings in Tortellini?

Our latest pasta product is an exquisite new line of Tortellini, with sophisticated Italian flavors. Inside every mouth-watering bite, you will find distinctive natural flavor notes of Parmesan, spinach, or asparagus all perfectly blended with the smooth texture of the richest ricotta cheese.

Is the cheese in Tortellini pasteurized?

Yes. The process used to prepare our Tortellini involves pasteurization of the cheeses in our fillings.

How is Barilla Tortellini different from other tortellini products?

Barilla's shelf-stable Tortellini is a perfect balance between a thin, delicate layer of pasta and a flavorful, authentic Italian filling. The pasta complements the filling and does not overpower it. Barilla Tortellini is not chewy or doughy, and does not break or fall apart during cooking.

Is it safe to consume Barilla Tortellini filled with spinach and cheese?

Please be assured that Barilla Filled Pastas containing spinach are perfectly safe to consume. The spinach we use in our Cheese and Spinach Tortellini comes from Italy where our filled pastas are produced. (The recent outbreak of E. coli from spinach was found in crops produced in the United States.) Furthermore, our Tortellini processing requires the spinach to be fully cooked, preventing the growth of harmful bacteria, like E. coli. Barilla's Filled Pastas are a great way to feed your family the foods they love, including spinach.

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