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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 28, 2013
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I don't know why everyone doesn't get this pasta. Seriously, it doesn't taste like whole wheat, which I can admit is not as good as regular pasta. If anything this tastes better than regular pasta, but if you've got a picky eater don't tell them and I bet you they'd never know that this was chock full of fiber and protein, which it is, literally, tons of fiber and protein. Pasta is typically an indulgence, empty calories, not so with this, these calories are anything but empty.

My only issue with it is that I can only ever find a few shapes. I wish it came in all shapes, bow ties, ears, maybe a ravioli, etc. I can only ever find spaghetti, thin spaghetti, elbows, penne, and rigatoni.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
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I have been using Barilla Plus pasta for quite a while. My favorite has been farfalle, the bowtie shape. I was happy to try my favorite pasta in a new shape. I have become a fan after my first try. The Barilla Plus pasta cooks in about ten minutes, a few minutes longer than ordinary pasta. However, the taste is really much better. This pasta is really good.

A big plus is that this pasta is actually good for you. The multigrain list of ingredients includes: Semolina, Grain and Legume Flour Blend (Lentils, Chickpeas, Egg Whites, Spelt, Barley, Flaxseed, Oat Fiber, Oats), Durum Flour, Niacin, Iron (Ferrous Sulfate), Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid. Contains Wheat and Egg Ingredients. The spelt and oats add a nut-like flavor. Try it for yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The past few years I have been going more and more to whole grain products whenever, wherever possible so this was an easy choice for me and I was anxious for it to arrive. [It says "Pack of 10" but I received one 14.5 ounce box.] Following the cooking directions exactly except for using half a pound rather than a whole pound for one person, this spaghetti was done in around 7 to 8 minutes. The box says 10 to 11 minutes "due to the higher protein content." Maybe their larger quantity kept the water from returning to a boil for a longer period? Maybe it is because I'm at 2,800+ ft. elevation? Or, it could be that it is an angel hair-type of spaghetti which is naturally going to be done faster. Whatever the case, I suggest watching it very carefully the first time you make this product to see how long it takes to reach your preferred degree of done. The taste is a mildly nutty grain flavor. The ingredients list is short and lacks anything processed (that I can read -- the Vine label was right over the ingredients!! ;-{{ )... "semolina grain and legume flour blend (lentils, chickpeas, flaxseed, barley, spelt, oats," then something that looks like oat fiber, and another flour I am unable to decipher due to label damage, "niacin, iron, ______, thiamine, ______ , riboflavin, and folic acid," followed by "Contains wheat and egg ingredients." "Product of USA." "Bannockburn, IL, (Zip Code ending 0015)" There is also a phone number to the company "with any comments or questions." This product contains 17g protein, 360 mg Omega-3, and 7 g fiber per 100 mg portion (approx. 1/4 Box)." The spaghetti did not stick together when cooked as directed, did not turn mushy or bland. It held the sauce very well; I made both a mildly spiced marinara sauce and a butter/parmesan cheese sauce to allow the spaghetti flavor to be more dominant. This is a product I enjoyed; digestion-wise it worked good for me ("twice the fiber of traditional pasta.") very pleasant grain flavors. This is a product I recommend and will definitely be purchasing in the future!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My family loves Barilla's noodles. Both the regular type, and that which is fortified with Omega-3s.

This spaghetti takes about 10 minutes to make and is good with just butter, or the sauce of choice. (My 10 year-old likes to make Pizz-ghetti, which involves Pizza Sauce and pepperonis.)

INGREDIENTS W/COMPARISON:

REGULAR Barilla noodles are made from Semolina wheat, Durum Flour, with Niacin, Iron, Thiamine, Riboflavin and Folic Acid added.

BARILLA PLUS is made with Semolina wheat, grain and legume flour (which includes Lentils, chickpeas, flaxseed, barley, Spelt flour, oats, egg whites, and oat fiber). It also has Durum flour and the vitamins mentioned above.

Neither have transfats, but the PLUS has a bit of mono & saturated fats due to the flaxseed. But that's okay for us, because that's where the Omega 3's come from.

As far as calories the Plus has an addition 10 calories per 56gram serving. But for that 10 calories you get 10% more Folate, and 5% more Iron -- both of which I consider very good for Tweens and Teens and we old folk. There's also 2% of the daily requirement of Calcium provided in the PLUS.

BUT THE IMPORTANT part is the flavor. I don't know about your home, but in mine the kids won't eat anything that isn't delicious. And they gobble this down, so it gets our good seal of approval.

Pam T~

note: for those with Allergies. All kinds of Barilla noodles contain WHEAT. The PLUS contains EGGS. The regular noodles can be contaminated with EGGS because they come off the same line.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 4, 2013
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Nothing can trash a diet like the fear of having to give up pasta! Fortunately, many companies have started to produce healthier options so those of us who worry about our health can continue to enjoy our favorite foods. Barilla Plus is one of those options. I have no complaints about the taste or texture of this product. However, it is not the healthiest of the options available. Here is a side by side comparison to Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Linguine Pasta 13.25 oz

Barilla
Calories (2 oz) 210
Total Fat 2 g
Sodium 25 mg
Total Carbs 38 g
dietary fiber 4 g
sugars 2 g

Ronzoni
Calories (2 oz) 180
Total Fat 1 g
Sodium 0 mg
Total Carbs 41 g
dietary fiber 8 g
sugars less than 1 g

Healthy Harvest has fewer calories, no sodium, and more dietary fiber than Barilla. Healthy Harvest has more total carbs, but those are more from good carbs (twice the dietary fiber) than sugar and other carbs. The nutritional value of the vitamins and minerals is slightly in Barilla's favor (for example, 15% RDV of iron in Barilla compared to 10% RDV in Ronzoni). But assuming you are eating balanced meals at breakfast and lunch, the slight difference in vitamins doesn't justify the higher calories and additional sodium.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 30, 2013
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This is delicious, and in spite of being full of protein, fiber and omega-3 it's more similar to regular pasta in taste and texture than it is to the sometimes grainy/gummy whole grain varieties. With its pleasing heartiness I actually like it better than the regular pasta. Perfect for vegetarians but not vegans since it contains egg whites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 5, 2013
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I've only used Barilla Spaghetti Plus Multigrain once, but it seems to be a decent product. It is similar in texture and tenderness to white flour pasta and it has no noticeable flavor, at least not with the relatively light sauce (basil, olive oil, lemon juice, capers, salt, garlic) that I used. It does not have the chewy texture and nutty flavor associated with whole wheat pasta. Nutritionally, it has more fiber and protein than Barilla's white flour product, but less fiber than their Whole Grain (51% whole wheat) product. Calories are the same for all three products. None have a lot of fat, but multigrain has the most. Some people would argue that the whole grain product is healthier than the more heavily processed product. I don't know, but multigrain does appear to be a better nutritional choice than white flour and a more palatable choice than whole wheat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
Our family has tried several different "healthy" and high protein pastas. Every variety we tried had an odd taste to it and our 4 kids would mostly not eat it -- until we discovered Barilla PLUS. It tastes totally "normal" and it passes the taste test of our 4 finky eaters. The "PLUS" must mean "good for you PLUS it tastes good", a rare combination. Highly rated!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My wife and I have some kind of pasta meal once or twice a week. We've used different brands of pasta, including some Barilla products like their Angel Hair Pasta and their very convenient no-boil Lasagne noodles. We recently tried Barilla Spaghetti Plus Multigrain, and we're sold on it for both taste and nutrition. I compared the numbers for a two-ounce serving of the Barilla Spaghetti Plus Multigrain with some Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti that we've been using, and another brand of spaghetti that we've used in the past (Ronzoni), and I was impressed with the differences, especially in the amount of protein.

* Barilla Spaghetti Plus Multigrain:
Calories - 210
Fat - 2 grams
Carbohydrates - 38 grams
Dietary fiber - 4 grams
Protein - 10 grams

* Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti:
Calories - 200
Fat - 1.5 grams
Carbohydrates - 41 grams
Dietary fiber - 6 grams
Protein - 7 grams

* Ronzoni Thin Spaghetti:
Calories - 210
Fat - 1 gram
Carbohydrates - 42 grams
Dietary fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 7 grams

The Barilla Spaghetti Plus Multigrain has slightly more fat than the other two pasta products, and slightly more calories than the Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti. The biggest difference is that the Barilla Spaghetti Plus Multigrain has 43% more protein that the other two pastas.

We love the taste of the Barilla Spaghetti Plus Multigrain. We both like spaghetti to be well done, and we did have to boil the spaghetti longer (about 3-4 minutes) compared to regular pasta. We prepared part of the cooked spaghetti with a little butter and grated parmesan cheese, and it was delicious. We mixed the rest with a store-bought spaghetti sauce, and it was also very good.

The bottom line: we're sold on the taste and nutritional benefits of the Barilla Spaghetti Plus Multigrain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2010
I originally tried out this spaghetti with a manufacturer's coupon at my local supermarket -- and am hooked. We now eat so much of this pasta that I plan to use Amazon's "Subscribe & Save" feature to save money on regular shipments.

I am very picky about the taste and texture of my pasta. The Barilla brand, and Barilla Spaghetti Plus Multigrain in particular, is a favorite -- it's delicious and always cooks up al dente.

I admit that I am weak-willed when it comes to eating healthy if it requires sacrificing flavor and mouth-feel. But I'm thrilled that I can enjoy this spaghetti without guilt. I even served it to dinner guests recently, when I normally would not consider using a "healthy" product. (I do care about the well-being of my friends -- but entertaining is often a special occasion that calls for pulling out the health-conscious stops.)

Highly recommended!

My only complaint is that Amazon.com's packaging has been inconsistent -- one shipment arrived in perfect condition, while another contained some squashed boxes due to inadequate cushioning.
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