Gabriella’s Kitchen skinnypasta: Grain Free, Gluten Free Italian Food

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I found Gabriella’s Kitchen skinnypasta foods in the freezer of one large supermarket in my city. I live in a large city in the US. I haven’t run across these products anywhere else. They are made in Canada.

Gabriella’s Kitchen skinnypasta Gluten Free 3-Cheese Spinach Ravioli

The ravioli are made of tapioca and arrowroot starch. For me there are almost no problematic ingredients. I am concerned about the xanthan gum. I wonder if it stops absorbtion of other nutrients? Gabriella got the taste and texture of the noodles right. Good job. The ravioli fillings are only about 1/3 of normal size. I did not like that. Maybe the fillings were skimpy because this is diet food? I wasn’t on a diet; just seeking to avoid grain and chemicals. The freshness and purity of the fillings is good. If I remember correctly, I could barely taste any seasoning in the sauce. This is probably considered traditional, but I would have liked more spices.

The directions said to pull up the corners of the plastic cover to let the steam out. That was impossible. I ended up pulling up the whole cover and placing it back on the container. The same thing happened with the Gnocchi in Pomodoro Sauce below.

Ravioli Ingredients [from their website]: Filtered Water, Tomatoes, Ricotta Cheese (Enzymes), Liquid Whole Egg, Tapioca Starch, Arrowroot Starch, Spinach, Mozzarella Cheese (Enzymes), Olive Oil, Xanthan Gum, Carrots, Onions, Parmesan Cheese (Enzymes), Sea Salt, Garlic, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Black Pepper.

CONTAINS: Egg, Milk.

More about this product from their website: “vegetarian…all-natural and contains no GMO, additives or preservatives…rice-free, corn-free, soy-free, and nut-free.”

Gabriella’s Kitchen Gluten Free skinnypasta Gnocchi in Pomodoro Sauce

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Gnocchi are like a cross between pasta and tiny dumplings. They are often made from potatoes. I’ve read people raving about how magical and fluffy gnocchi are, like pasta kittens. I haven’t had that experience. Gabriella’s is about the third gnocchi I’ve tried, and the best of the three. They seemed light and fluffy to me based on limited experience. The other gnocchis I tried before this were leaden and gluey. Even though this was the best gnocchi I’ve tried so far, I still don’t see what people love about them. I could barely taste the seasoning in the pomodoro (tomato) sauce. The sauce was sparingly applied. The package implies that these things are traditional. This particular product was dairy free for allergies. Personally, I’m not allergic to dairy, and I missed the cheese. I added some. I’m not a gnocchi expert but I would rather have this potato-based dish with something other than tomato sauce. Something like wild mushrooms in a white wine cream sauce? I prefer the ravioli anyway.

Gnocchi Ingredients: [from their website] Crushed Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Water, Salt, Citric Acid), Water, Potato Flakes, Tapioca Starch, Arrowroot Starch, Olive Oil, Xanthan Gum, Carrots, Onion, Sea Salt, Garlic, Basil, Oregano, Thyme Black Pepper.

According to their website, this dish is also “vegan…all-natural and contains no GMO, additives or preservatives…egg-free, rice-free, corn-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut free.”

I am learning that grain free prepared foods are rare and grain free Italian food is even rarer. For me living grain free has often meant being hungry. Although they differ from what I want in a number of ways, I have already purchased these products a second time. They are pure, fresh and truly grain and gluten free. They are vegetarian too (though I’m not).

Watch out, this company makes other products with different ingredients than these two. Their other products can contain teff which is a grain. They may have other differences too.

I think they sell their products by mail order. Find the items I reviewed on their website:

://gabriellas-kitchen.com/product/skinnypasta-3-cheese-and-spinach-ravioli/

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