Our favorite whole-wheat pastas the entire family will enjoy.
Credit: Photo: Brian Woodcock

It's easy to sub in whole-wheat pasta for white, but it's not always so easy to convince the family they'll love it. Whole-wheat pastas can sometimes be gritty and grainy in texture, with a pronounced earthiness that may not suit a bright tomato sauce. Here are our favorites for flavor and texture:

1. Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti: Great for whole-wheat pasta beginners. A subtler flavor for delicate sauces.

2. Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti: The earthy, whole-grain nuttiness comes through nicely without being too intense. The hearty, solid texture will stand up to bolder sauces.

3. Bionaturae 100% Whole Wheat Spaghetti: A nice al dente chew without being overly wheaty.

4. Jovial Brown Rice Spaghetti: This gluten-free brown rice pasta has a traditional semolina pasta flavor with a mild wheat taste. No gummy texture—a problem with other GF versions.