When I got a message from Ben at Cappello’s, a Colorado based company specializing in gourmet gluten free & grain free pasta, asking if I would review their products, I think my heart skipped a beat. Even though I have been gluten free for 3 years, I still hadn’t found a noodle that I could cook at home that wouldn’t end up being slimy, chewy, & just plain weird-looking. So, when I checked out Cappello’s website, I knew I was going to have a life-altering, gluten free experience!
When I got the package in the mail, the first thing I thought was “How cute is this packaging?!”, and I snapped pics left & right on Instagram. I was also impressed at the quality of the products, even before I opened the package. I received gluten free fettuccine noodles, lasagna noodles, and gnocchi. Each were fresh, and would only need to be cooked in boiling water for less than 2 minutes!
The first thing I decided to cook was the lasagna & fettuccine. Now, you may remember that I am not the household chef , but I put on my big girl pants this time & decided to make everything myself!! For the lasagna, I of course cooked up some ground turkey & sauce, mixed some ricotta cheese, and got our 9″x13″ pan ready for what was going to be the most amazing thing it had ever held.
The nice thing about the lasagna noodles coming fresh was that I didn’t have to cook them before it was time to lay them! After I arranged all three layers in the pan, I had an extra noodle so I dipped it in the leftover sauce and ate it. All I can say is, before cooking & everything, this noodle was better than any other gluten free noodle I had ever had!! This made me so excited for the meal we were going to enjoy in just an hours time.
After putting the lasagna in the oven, I got everything ready to cook the fettuccine noodles. Once again, these came fresh, so we simply had to boil 3-4 quarts of water & cook the noodles [we found 1 minute was perfect]. After they were cooked, we poured them out & rinsed them in cold water.
Just looking at the noodles [sans sauce] I knew we had hit the gluten free jackpot. They looked so fresh – not slimy, or chunky as other ones usually are! My mom & I then ate a few noodles, with NOTHING on them by the way, and they tasted GLORIOUS! We made my stepdad, Craig [the gluten eater in the house] try them too & he was very impressed as well!
After both the lasagna and fettuccine noodles were ready, we plated the food.
As good as these gluten free meals look, they tasted even better! The noodles were “melt in your mouth” good! The lasagna tasted better than I can remember gluten-filled ones tasting! The fettucinne noodles were amazing as well. I don’t have the traditional sauce for fettecinne noodles, because I personally don’t like it, but I still got the jist of the yummy noodles! Words really can’t describe the quality of these products. I don’t know how Cappello’s does it! The almond flour they use is straight out of Heaven.
What’s even better – these products tasted just as good reheated for leftovers! I had the world’s best lunch the following day. I’m pretty confident everyone was jealous of the smell coming from my office.
After being thoroughly impressed with the fettuccine & lasagna, I couldn’t wait for the gnocchi we cooked a few days later. Now, I had never had gnocchi before, even in my gluten days, so I was excited for what it would taste like! My mom took the wheel on this meal, and we found a meat sauce to use to pour over the gnocchi, filled with tomatoes & carrots [nomnom].
Once the sauce had simmered, we were ready to get the noodles ready. Once again, they only needed to be cooked for about a minute, making it very fast & easy to do. After a long day of work, and then smelling the sauce simmer for an hour, I couldn’t wait to dig into this!!
Not that I was surprised, but the gnocchi was amazing! I don’t know how to describe them because it was so good. Soft, fresh, and “light” almost. You don’t need a lot of sauce on these, as I imagine you would with other gluten free brands, because it doesn’t give you that dense feeling known to GF products.
I recommend Cappello products to EVERYONE. They will please all palates [including gluten eaters]! Follow Cappello’s on Twitter @Cappellos, & visit www.cappellosglutenfree.com to purchase what will soon be your favorite gluten free products.