LOOKING for: looking for: best macaroni shells brand

mangomoonFebruary 20, 2008

Are all macaroni shells the same, or does anyone have a preference for one brand over the other? I am looking for elbow macaroni shells for mac and cheese and cold mac salad, but instead of buying and experimenting with several brands, I thought I would ask if anyone uses a brand that is best, in their opinion. Thanks

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woodie2

I always use Barilla brand pasta but I can't honestly say if any other brand is better or not! Just my habit, that's all. They now have a "plus" style pasta that's supposed to be healthier than plain white pasta - so that's what I usually buy - I don't know if they have shells in that style but it tastes good to us.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2008 at 5:19PM
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ginger_st_thomas

I don't notice a huge difference. I use Barilla of Ronzoni a lot but used to use Creamettes for my macaroni salad. I just look for the size I prefer. I try my best to stay away from anything labeled "healthy." :)

    Bookmark   February 20, 2008 at 6:55PM
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woodie2

LOL Ginger - you can always add a cream sauce to anything labeled 'healthy' should you feel the need!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2008 at 7:48PM
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lindac

Elbow macaroni and shells are 2 different things.
For all pasta I prefer R and F....but not sure if they are still in business. Barilla is a little "flourey" to me....but since it's made just up the street from me, it's what I see mostly here.
Linda C

    Bookmark   February 20, 2008 at 9:38PM
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lisbet

For pasta salads and mac & cheese, I like the Creamette !
It's a brand of elbow macaroni that has been around for years and years, and I find it best for the recipe uses mentioned. Otherwise, our regular choice is DeCecco.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2008 at 9:41PM
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teresa_nc7

When buying elbow macaroni, Creamette is a good brand. But I have a bunch of FREE Barilla coupons so that is what I have been buying for spaghetti.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 6:41AM
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obxgina

A personal trainer once told me that Creamette brand is actually the healthiest by ingredients. Growing up it was the only brand my Nana would use for Mac and cheese or macaroni salad.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 12:39PM
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tom_k_mo

Lindac, Yes R&F is still in business. Great pasta.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 10:46AM
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eileenlaunonen

Barilla fan here!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 11:41AM
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khandi

Never heard of these brands before! LOL

Here, we have Primo, Catelli, Italipasta, Lancia

    Bookmark   February 23, 2008 at 11:58AM
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tom_k_mo

"Never heard of these brands before! LOL
Here, we have Primo, Catelli, Italipasta, Lancia"

R&F Pasta Company is located in the "Hill" area of St. Louis MO. It' a midwest favorite. R&F stands for Ravarino & Freschi. The Hill is the section of the city where the majority of the Italians migrated to when they came to St. Louis. It has a strong Italian presence to this day. Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra grew up on "the Hill".

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 12:21PM
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bbqbear

Barilla or DeCecco...

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 10:50AM
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disneyginger

It has depended on where I lived. Not on any other factor and that is weird when I think of it.

When we lived in Montana, it was Creamette.
When we lived in Virginia, it was Barilla.
When we lived in California, it was Lunardi Homemade.
When we lived in Washington, it was Angelina's
When we lived in New Mexico, it was DeCecco.
Now, I buy Barilla and DeCecco most of the time, and I love Creamettes too.

I have a friend who cannot eat wheat products and at her home, she uses rice and other grains that make the pasta. She gets one that is a mix from a local natural foods store that is delicious! It is buckwheat, and rice.. and soemthing else. The color is ugly, the flavor is delicious!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 11:16AM
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