Although I like pasta made with white flour more than I do pasta that is made with whole wheat flour, I know that the whole wheat versions are better for me. I always try to buy whole grains when I can, and my spaghetti noodles are no exception. We are starting to get used to the flavor of whole wheat pasta, and now even crave it over the other versions at times.
My favorite type of spaghetti noodles are the “Angel Hair” variety, which are very thin noodles that cook very fast in boiling water. I have yet to find an Angel Hair pasta available that is made with whole wheat flour, but my local Walmart store sells a product that is close, they sell Great Value Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti. When I see a product that is labeled “whole wheat” I always check the ingredient labels. I have been burned too many times buying “wheat bread” that contains white flour and some brown food coloring! Yes, this Great Value Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti is made from whole wheat flour, it is the very first ingredient listed on the ingredients list!
The box contains 13.25 ounces of pasta and it was marked at a low price of only $1.32! Talk about a great value. Whole wheat based products are often found only in the “health food” section of some stores, and you are going to pay more money for them, but not this time. Thank you Walmart (have I mentioned that I love shopping at my local Super Walmart!).
There is a small clear window on the box so you can see what the spaghetti noodles look like, and you can see how thin the pasta is. This is important to me, because I want it as thin as I can get it. This brand is not quite as thin as my favorite Angel Hair pasta, but it is close. Compared to regular spaghetti, it is much thinner, and it cooks faster too.
Looking at the nutritional information, I can tell you that this box of spaghetti will serve 7 people, and each serving has the following: 210 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of both saturated and trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, o mg sodium, 210 mg potassium, 41 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.
I also have a box of Great Value Thin Spaghetti on hand, and the whole wheat version contains 3 more grams of fiber than the regular version that is made from surum semolina. More fiber is a good thing! It is healthy for the body to have a lot of fiber in the diet, and whole wheat products are just healthier for the body.
Normally, whole grains take longer to cook, but this Great Value Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti takes only 9-11 minutes to cook, where as the original Great Value Spaghetti takes 8-9 minutes. Not to much of a difference there. It cooks faster than the regular spaghetti.
If you have never eaten whole wheat pasta before, it might take some getting used to because it is a more dense pasta, and I feel there is a slight nutty flavor. When the noodles are thin like these are and you serve a spicy spaghetti or marinara sauce over it, the taste is very mild and you might not even notice the difference.
All of the Great Value foods come with a guarantee. The box states that this product is “as every bit as good as the national brand”. If you don’t agree, you can return it with the receipt and Walmart will give you your money back or replace it, whichever you prefer.
To conclude, it is great to find a thin spaghetti that is made with whole wheat flour. I love choosing foods that are high in fiber, and I can do so at very little cost with the Great Value brand. This is a delicious product.