unsolicited review of Andean Dream's yummy quinoa cookies, they were kind enough to send me some organic, kosher, gluten-free, quinoa pasta to try.
The first thing I want to note is that Andean Dream's pasta is not simply rolling around the cardboard box like most brands. Instead, it is neatly encased in a sealed bag within the box, which I think is a nice touch. Additionally, the pasta pieces generally appear considerably "cleaner" and less brittle than regular pasta. I don't know if this is because they are lighter in color, shinier, or whether it's just a figment of my imagination; judge for yourself.
I started out with my fave: spaghetti (actually, my favorite is angel hair, but they don't make that). The package says to cook for 13-15 minutes, but I had to do so for almost 25 in order for it not to be al dente. Throughout the cooking process, I had significant issue with the strands sticking together in stiff clumps of 5-8 rods. I tried to pry them apart while the pasta boiled, but some still made it to the final dish; it's not so easy to separate boiling hot strands of partially cooked spaghetti: with your fingers, a fork, or a knife. Note: I do boil pasta with a pinch of salt and a splash of EVOO in the water, so I never have sticking issues; not sure what went wrong. *Andean Dream has informed me that, judging by my pictures, I "needed to use a slightly bigger pot with more water to prevent the pasta from sticking together."