Catelli Gluten-Free Pasta Contest!

Catelli Gluten Free Macaroni

I recently had the pleasure of attending the launch of Catelli’s new gluten-free macaroni at George Brown College. Hosted by the very charming Chef John Higgins, the school’s esteemed director, judge on the Food Network’s Chopped Canada and former chef for the Queen Mother – the event was a friendly gathering of food bloggers in one of the George Brown test kitchens. Setup like a Tepenyaki table (only with some seriously heavy duty appliances and much more space in which to manoever), the chef and his staff worked their magic in a beautiful kitchen surrounded on three sides by bar height counters topped with lovely place settings, and of course delicious gluten-free tastings.

While most higher quality gluten-free pastas can generally fool most people (the first time my dad had brown rice pasta, his skepticism quickly turned into delightful surprise!), it does take close monitoring and some specific steps. If overcooked, even just for a couple minutes, or not rinsed, it can easily turn into a mushy and starchy mess.

Now I’ve put Catelli to the test before (yes, it was a “test,” and not a mistake because I started watching TV and forgot it was on the stove…). I left the pasta in a pot of hot water significantly longer than it should have been. To my surprise, this stuff held up really, really well. It was still very palatable, and still held good structure without sticking together and surprisingly, did not require a cold water bath. Catelli is the only pasta that I have tried thus far that has been able to withstand this torture test!

The pasta likely gets this unique quality from its blend of four grains – white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa. Produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility, Catelli’s pasta line (including spaghetti, penne, and my favourite, fusilli) has earned the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification – so we can all enjoy without worry!

While I was at George Brown, Chef Higgins shared some great pasta cooking tips which I’ll be sharing in tomorrow’s post. I love the tips on finishing your pasta in sauce, and when you should and should NOT put oil in your water (check back for more!)

To celebrate the launch of this product, I’m also happy to announce that I’m hosting a contest for a 1 Year Supply of Catelli Gluten-Free Macaroni! That’s 60 boxes with an approximate retail value of $170! The contest closes at 11:50pm EST, Friday June 27, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents (except for residents of Quebec) who have reached the age of majority.

You can submit three (3) entries for your chance to WIN! You must use the Rafflecopter form below to register your entries!

1) Post a comment on this blog by clicking here.

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3) Tweet “@victorayeh Enter for a chance to WIN 1-year supply of #CatelliGlutenFree pasta!”

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101 Responses to Catelli Gluten-Free Pasta Contest!

  1. Victoria Yeh says:

    Tell me your favourite way to enjoy pasta! A classic tomato sauce? Green pesto? A special family recipe? Comment below and register your entry in the contest form for a chance to WIN a 1 year supply of Catelli gluten-free macaroni!

  2. lcantkier says:

    What a generous and exciting giveaway. Looking forward to hearing about Chef Higgins’ cooking tips! Lisa Cantkier,

  3. Melissa Stiles-O'Connell says:

    My 6 year old son is gluten free and this would be amazing to win!

  4. Cindy Nietmann says:

    Catelli Macaroni makes a great tuna pasta salad for the summer months. Great pasta, great taste!

  5. Annmarie says:

    I love this pasta, it isn’t heavy, which is fabulous, as I gradually make my way to a gluten free life style change, I am so grateful that there is a variety of companies, bringing in new foods and it is nice to know that Catelli, is on the top for having gluten free pasta, just need lasagna noodles now

  6. Kelly Francis says:

    My favourite way to prepare pasta is the traditional Gluten-Free spaghetti (love spinach flavour) with meat balls and tomato sauce covered in mozzarella cheese. Yummy! I have this every Sunday and you can tell I love spaghetti by my email address!

  7. Lisa says:

    Gluten free Catelli Pasta is the best gluten free pasta I have had. Before I couldn’t have gluten I loved Pasta we had it at least 2 a week. I thought that being gluten intolerant it was the end of my pasta days and after trying different kinds I was disappointed but when I tried the Catelli gluten free pasta I was amazed that it tasted like regular pasta and didn’t get soggy like the rice pasta did. Now I eat it just like I did before and my family who are not gluten intolerant like it too.

  8. SUMMER PLEWES says:

    We love Macaroni, tomatoes and hamburger baked with cheese on top!

  9. Mary F Campbell says:

    I love a macaroni and diced tomatoes with onion… so good!

  10. Meg A says:

    Puttanesca with grape or cherry tomatoes is the best. It takes more time and effort to prepare but the taste is worth it. I sometimes bake garlic with olive oil for dipping with bread to go with the pasta, too. Lastly, I pair it with Lemon Iced Tea recipe from Real Simple that just elevates the whole experience with Earl Grey decaf as the black tea base. With the tanginess of the tea contrasting with the sour sweet of the puttanesca and subtle sweetness of the garlic, it beats dining out anytime!

  11. Mark V says:

    love baked ziti

  12. BlessedTA says:


  13. Nicole B says:

    I love pasta with a alfredo sauce with seafood!

  14. Michelle Snook says:

    My favorite way to prepare pasta is with an good tasting speghetti sauce…plain and simple – Comfort food. I’m also trying to learn new recipes for pasta salads as a great option for potlocks

  15. Janis Ilekys says:

    My favorite way to prepare pasta…fresh dill, steamed peas & good olive oil ♥

  16. Maggie K. says:

    Lately we have been having pasta with sausages. Soon the chard will be ready and I love to add that to tomato sauce.

  17. Victoria Yeh says:

    Wow that sounds like such a wonderful meal!

  18. Victoria Yeh says:

    I would even love a linguine too… I haven’t seen a gluten-free version of that yet!
    If you’re looking for a good gluten-free lasagna recipe, check out the one I shared in Vitality Magazine here

  19. Yuen C says:

    I bake the pasta with cheese.

  20. whitney says:

    very good pasta thanks for making this product.

  21. tanyab79 says:

    Carbonara or lasagna.

  22. Tamara says:

    Pasta salad because it is summer time

  23. Lori O'Brien says:

    What a great blog! I have discovered so many ideas here that I no longer have to wish I didn’t require gluten free products for my daughter! Catelli has always been my favourite pasta, and now she will be able to enjoy it as well. Victoria thank you for posting the gluten-free lasagna recipe – I will definitely have to try it!

  24. My favorite way to prepare pasta is to put a layer of ground beef fried with garlic and onions in the bottom of a roast pan.My next layer is cooked macaroni to which I have added about 1/2cup of cheese whiz.Next I cover this with canned tomatoes and layer the top with cheddar cheese and bake until the whole dish is bubbly and hot.My family and friends love it!

  25. rose says:

    Lots of thick bolognese sauce.

  26. Gina Hildebrandt says:

    We love pasta with just tomatoes and garlic!

  27. Cheryl Germain says:

    Four Cheese sauce on fettucine is my favourite

  28. Debbie S says:

    Nona’s homemade miranara sauce

  29. OLGA SAULNIER says:


  30. darcy arsenault says:

    I love penne noodles with ground beef and tomatoes with green peppers and onions and can’t forget the garlic.

  31. Victoria Yeh says:

    Thank you Lori! You are so sweet! Hope you enjoy that lasagna recipe, I’ve had a lot of very positive comments about it :)

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  33. Monique L.S. says:

    I like spaghetti with tomato sauce with lots of veggies – mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes.

  34. Claudette LeBlanc says:

    I use only Cateli pastas for all my sauces…it’s the only one i can truly trust. I especially love making spaghetti and lasagne…my two favs!

  35. Dawn says:

    I love this pasta…I can finally eat something that doesn’t make me feel unwell. :)

  36. Vivian S says:

    I enjoy pasta with mushrooms and tomato sauce.

  37. Deborah Kelly says:

    Gluten Free! WoW! I can finally enjoy Pasta again. Thanks Catelli.

  38. Deborah Kelly says:

    I used to enjoy Pasta with mushrooms and shrimp and a little olive oil. Now I can again.

  39. Josh S says:

    I am all about the classic tomato sauce.

  40. andie says:

    With Rose sauce and cheese.

  41. Terry Perron says:

    My favorite Pasta would be Shrimp Fettuccine, with dice mushroom’s and spinach

  42. louise l says:

    I love making pasta with ground beef

  43. Arielle S. says:

    My favorite pasta sauce is homemade tomato-spicy sausage with three (or four) cheeses, and I make sure to add lots of diced veggies to the meal – works for every family member.

  44. Sarah says:

    Love this pasta!

  45. ash says:

    Catelli gluten free pasta tastes great!

  46. deanna king says:

    would love to win!

  47. Kaj Lobner says:

    Love pasta and gluten free so much the better

  48. SCOTT HAYES says:

    Love it.

  49. Bonnie says:

    Spaghetti and meat sauce, meatballs, macaroni and cheese.
    Whoever wins, remember the boxes for the food banks; 800,000
    thousand Canadians are hungry sadly

  50. Jeannie says:

    My favorite way is penne with oven roasted tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar.

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