Pasta, Grains, & Beans

28 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Israeli Couscous
Israeli Couscous
We tasted five supermarket products, plain and in our Cook's Illustrated recipe …
Published: July 2015
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Dried White Beans
Dried White Beans
We’ve always been a little prejudiced in favor of dried beans over canned. But i…
Published: May 2014
Canned White Beans
Canned White Beans
Think canned cannellini beans are no match for dried beans cooked from scratch? …
Published: May 2014
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Jasmine Rice
Jasmine Rice
We put six brands of jasmine rice—from supermarket varieties to high-end mail-or…
Published: March 2014
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Wild Rice
Wild Rice
Who knew wild rice was actually an aquatic grass? See which brand swam to the to…
Published: January 2013
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Supermarket Hummus
Supermarket Hummus
This creamy chickpea spread has gone from health food obscurity to the No. 1 ref…
Published: January 2013
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Dried Rice Noodles
Dried Rice Noodles
We gathered three national brands, tasting them plain and in our Thai noodle sti…
Published: September 2012
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Spaghetti
Spaghetti
Our tests proved that once pasta is topped with sauce, flavor differences from b…
Published: January 2012
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Supermarket Cheese Ravioli
Supermarket Cheese Ravioli
Store-bought cheese ravioli offer convenience, but would any pass muster?
Published: January 2012
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Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles
Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles
When last year’s whole wheat spaghetti tasting turned up more than one pasta tha…
Published: September 2011
Dried Black Beans
Dried Black Beans
Canned beans may be convenient, but their flavor and texture never measure up to…
Published: March 2011
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Whole-Wheat Pasta
Whole-Wheat Pasta
Whole-wheat pasta used to be awful, with mushy texture and a cardboard taste. Ha…
Published: January 2010
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Steel-Cut Oats
Steel-Cut Oats
Judging from the brands and styles cramming supermarket shelves, there's an oat …
Published: July 2009
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Stone-Ground Oats
Stone-Ground Oats
We tested one brand of stone-ground oats. Could they please our tasters' palates…
Published: July 2009
Arborio Rice
Arborio Rice
Arborio rice makes the best risotto, but does the best Arborio have to come from…
Published: May 2008
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Penne
Penne
Are the specialty brands and Italian imports worth the extra price?
Published: July 2007
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Supermarket Tortellini
Supermarket Tortellini
Is store-bought tortellini any good?
Published: April 2012
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Long-Grain White Rice
Long-Grain White Rice
Since white rice is neutral in flavor, does it matter which kind you use? We tas…
Published: February 2010
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Farfalle Pasta
Farfalle Pasta
Can American brands compete with pricey Italian imports?
Published: November 2003
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No Boil Lasagna Noodles
No Boil Lasagna Noodles
We first tested brands of no-boil lasagna noodles, and then cooked two lasagnas,…
Published: September 2002
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White Sandwich Bread
White Sandwich Bread
Which slice is best?
Published: April 2006
Canned Baked Beans
Canned Baked Beans
A sweet discovery helped us see which baked beans are best.
Published: June 2009
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English Muffins
English Muffins
Are there real differences among the four major national brands of English muffi…
Published: February 2009
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Brown Rice
Brown Rice
Trust what’s in the bag, not on it.
Published: February 2015
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Multigrain Bread
Multigrain Bread
At the supermarket, these loaves range from pale and fluffy to dark and hearty, …
Published: October 2012
Ready Rice
Ready Rice
It’s called “ready rice” for a reason: Microwave it for less than two minutes, r…
Published: August 2012
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Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
We tasted 25 boxed and frozen versions of mostly clumpy, gloppy, wimpy mac and c…
Published: April 2011
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Canned Black Beans
Canned Black Beans
While salt can be both friend and foe, mush is always a foe.
Published: February 2010
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