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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Dreamfields Pasta

(There’s no doubt that I’m a big fan of Dreamfields pasta! But new information about Dreamfields has come out since I chose it as one of my picks in 2011. Dreamfields has now removed the words “Low-Carb” from their packaging, but this pasta product still has more fiber and protein than most pasta on the market. However if you’re concerned about  carbs and blood sugar, you may want to do some research to decide if Dreamfields is suitable for you. And although the glowing review below was written some time ago, I am still eating Dreamfields sparingly like I always did.)

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I love Dreamfields low-carb pasta, made with a special process that makes the glycemic index and digestible carb count lower than regular white flour pasta.  I even order it by the case from Amazon.com when I can’t find certain shapes in my local stores!

I’ve been eating Dreamfields for so long that I can hardly believe I’m just now making it one of my Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks, where I recommend products I’ve tried and loved so much that I would happily buy them over and over.  There’s no doubt that Dreamfields has been one of my favorite products for a long time now, but even so this post has an important caution about Dreamfields (especially for people who need to monitor their blood sugar for health reasons) so if you’re a Dreamfields fan, please read on.

I recently started following Dreamfields on Facebook, and on that page I discovered something I had never known about Dreamfields.  Apparently if the pasta is overcooked, re-cooked, or reheated it raises the glycemic index above the low levels that Dreamfields promises on the box.  When I heard this, I immediately went to the Dreamfields website, and read about it for myself.   (Look on the bottom of the page and read Can I Reheat Leftover Dreamfields Pasta and Does Overcooking Dreamfields Increase the Pasta’s Digestible Carbs.)

I have been eating Dreamfields for about six years now, and have never had trouble with it causing me to gain weight, so this news doesn’t worry me too much for myself.  But I’d never want to mislead anyone who reads this blog, especially if they’re eating low-carb pasta for health reasons, so I’ve just spent a couple of hours adding that information to all the recipes and recipe index pages where I’ve mentioned Dreamfields.  
For South Beach Dieters, I’d now say if you’re using Dreamfields in a recipe where the pasta is going to be cooked, combined with other ingredients, and then baked, those dishes are probably only for phase three. (This doesn’t apply to lasagna which is made differently so it doesn’t break down as much during baking.) For other pasta dishes, if the pasta is reheated it’s also probably only for phase three.  (I hope I found all the mentions of Dreamfields on the blog where the dish might be baked or reheated, but if anyone finds a recipe where I didn’t include that caution, please let me know so I can fix it.)
Luckily, there are still plenty of good options for using Dreamfields, even if you decide you need to avoid it for baked or reheated dishes.   I love using it for pasta salads, and for pasta-and-sauce dishes you can just cook the amount of pasta you’re going to eat.  If you have extra sauce, reheat that separately and cook fresh pasta to go with it.
Pasta Salads with Dreamfields
Easy Pesto Pasta Salad with Olives and Red Bell Pepper

Macaroni Salad with Fresh Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and Feta

Shrimp and Macaroni Salad

Pasta Salad with Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Grilled Zucchini, and Basil

Pasta and Sauce Dishes with Dreamfields:
Penne Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Spinach

Penne Pasta with Tomato, Herb, and Feta No-Cook Pasta Sauce

Penne with Sausage, Beans, and Broccoli Rabe

Spagetti with Italian Sausage and Arugula

Penne Pasta with Wilted Arugula, Basil, Ricotta, and Parmesan Sauce

I purchased all the pasta in the photo myself and Dreamfields has no idea that I’m writing about their product.  (Everything featured for Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks is a product I’ve tried myself and loved. Nearly all of my picks  are products I purchased myself, and if I ever feature a product I first tried as a sample, I will always disclose that information.  You can be sure I won’t ever be writing about a product unless it’s something I would have happily purchased myself.)

You can see the complete list of products I’ve chosen to feature under the tab Kalyn’s Picks below the blog header.
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    27 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Dreamfields Pasta”

  1. i make a lasagna in my crockpot using uncooked lasagna noodles which turns out great without the bother of cooking noodles first. i was about to try my lasagna with Dreamfields lasagna noodles. i believe they should work the same.

    However after reading this i am wondering about the reheating leftover lasagna in the microwave. Possibly it would be ok as it would be like cooking the noodles first and then baking? Would appreciate your input.

    • I’m not completely clear about what you’re asking me. If you want to keep the lower-carb aspects of the Dreamfields lasagna, I think cooking in the slow cooker and then microwaving will probably make it so they aren’t as low in carbs.

      If you’re simply wondering if the pasta will cook in the microwave and then reheat the same any regular pasta would, I think that it will. However I don’t think I’ve ever cooked this type of lasagna in a slow cooker so I can’t be 100% sure how that type of long cooking will affect it.

  2. Kelly, I don't think so but I don't really know.

  3. I'm just finding this out and perhaps this is a silly question but are you aware on if it would cause the calorie count of the pasta to change?

  4. Anonymous, if you believe Dreamfields is really not lower in carbs than regular pasta, then you should definitely not use it. I think if you check on the internet more fully, you will find "experts" on both sides of the question. I judge by how it impacts my body, and I know I can eat Dreamfields in moderate amounts without gaining weight. I'm not diabetic, so I feel it's a good choice for me.

  5. I don't know how that would work with Dreamfields pasta, but if anyone from the company responds I'll be happy to publish their response.

  6. The latest issue of that illustrated cooking mag from the state of Vermont suggests that if one has no room on a busy stovetop to parboil pasta for a baked dish, soak the stuff in the proper amount of (salted-for seasoning) water for 90 minutes and 'the starches will be hydrated just enough'. What do my heroes (I'm not joking) at Dreamfields say to that, hey?