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Rao's Pasta Meltdown

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Rao's Pasta Meltdown

lisa | Oct 12, 2005 08:45 PM

I was so, so aggravated on Saturday night. I had purchased 30 dollars worth of gorgeous jumbo shrimp, arugula, and radicchio, and was intent on making a lovely sidedish for my company of rigatoni with garlic and olive oil and the aformentioned sauteed ingredients. For whatever the reason whilst at Fairway, I chose to get a bag of Rao's rustic, lined rigatoni instead of my fave Del Verde or DeCecco. I had heard Rao's pasta was excellent and thought why not.

Anyway, I added it to my boiling salted water as I have done with every other pasta brand literally thousands of times ( we eat pasta everyday) and within minutes it had all come apart into what amounted to a pile of shreds. It looked like white ropa vieja :(

I was besides myself as I had no other pasta other than pastina and orzo in the house and not nearly enough,,,,

Any experiences like this? Any scientific reason for it?

Thanks,
lisa

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