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I have two brands of spaghetti, and I'm wondering if anyone can shed insight into which one of them has better quality.

I have been cooking a certain brand X of spaghetti for some time. When cooking, the noodles sort of float and play around near the top of the pot, making it easier for me to grab a piece and test for firmness. The resulting pasta water is pale or off-white.

On the other hand, another brand Z of spaghetti seems to be denser and sticks to the bottom during cooking. At the start, upon dumping into boiling water, the pasta softens/flexes much sooner than brand X. Finally, the resulting pasta water is more yellow in color. Because brand Z spaghetti sinks at the bottom of the deep pot, it has to be stirred constantly, to avoid overcooking and fusing of noodle strands.

As cooked, the Brand X spaghetti is thicker than Brand Z - both cooked to my own standard of al dente, around 9 minutes.

Without knowing the price of the two brands, would anyone be able to tell any tell-tale factors of quality for store bought spaghetti noodles?

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    Do they have the same ingredients listed on the packaging? – Stephie Sep 22 '17 at 17:09
  • Are you sure brand X is actually real pasta? Spaghetti shouldn't float. – GdD Sep 22 '17 at 17:20
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    By what criteria do you measure quality? – rumtscho Sep 22 '17 at 18:27
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    Which one do you enjoy more? Go with that one. – mrog Sep 25 '17 at 19:13
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    @mrog seems to have the only real criteria for that assessment. If Anthony Bourdain tells me Chicago style pizza is horrible, in his expert assessment, and it's my favorite kind, then that makes it the best, not horrible. For food I eat, my own opinion counts the more than any general consensus in the eating world. – PoloHoleSet Sep 26 '17 at 14:28
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Are these fresh pastas or dried? That might explain the differences in cooking "behaviors"- however, I agree completely with mrog- I would just go with which ever one you like more.

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  • Hi @NavajoDreamchild. These are the dry, factory kind. – wearashirt Sep 27 '17 at 8:53

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