Al Dente History 35 Years for Blog

35 Years of Pasta, Passion & Perseverance

The year was 1981, and in the world of pasta, the times they were-a-changin’. Almost overnight, Americans went from thinking of pasta as “spaghetti and meatballs” to seeking an array of shapes, flavors and recipes.  This was also the year that Monique and Dennis Deschaine started Al Dente Pasta Company with the $6,000 they borrowed […]

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a spring time pasta saladMemorial day pasta salad with cucumber and peas

Last week I got a last minute shout out to celebrate a friend’s birthday on her beautiful screened porch. It was going to be a wonderfully warm evening so decided I should whip up a quick pasta salad. Since I always have peas in my freezer, pasta in my pantry and usually at least one […]

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al dente spring time gluten-free pasta recipe

Al Dente Pasta with Spinach, Cannellini Beans and Sundried Tomatoes Gotta say, I love mentoring passionate, talented young people. Great example: Elaina Lee, a student at Washtenaw Community College, who created this super simple recipe, which is delicious, too! It features our new Al Dente Gluten Free Pasta. Ingredients 8 oz Al Dente Gluten Free […]

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spring pasta with asparagus, goat cheese and lemon

Spring means asparagus!  Combine those tender stalks of goodness with Al Dente Pasta, goat cheese and lemon zest for a super simple pasta recipe. Cooking the asparagus in the same pot with the pasta puts it into my “3 in 3” category: 3 ingredients in 3 minutes.  This recipe is also a great example of […]

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Squid Ink and Shrimp

watch us make Squid Ink Pasta for The Food Factory!

Our Squid Ink Fettuccine is a true attention grabber in every way! We LOVED the fact that it caught the eye of the Food Factory producers from Toronto and, of course, jumped at the chance to have them come to our pasta factory and document how we actually make Al Dente Pasta. So, for all […]

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Monique, Nanette and Al Dente's awesome pasta makers!

behind the scenes at al dente

Our hardworking employees rolling out and cutting Spinach Fettuccine pasta! Packaging up Al Dente’s Spinach Fettuccine!   Have you ever wondered all that happens behind the scenes to make Al Dente’s artisanal pasta? We are excited to share a glimpse into our factory and the people behind our small batch crafted pasta! We are proud […]

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Al Dente Gluten Free Pasta

introducing our new gluten free pasta!

Free of Gluten, Full of Flavor! Let me tell you. It’s not easy to make Gluten Free Pasta! Especially since we have very high standards and we are adamant about not putting our name on a product that did not meet all of our criteria. But finally, after 2 years of experimenting, look what we […]

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Bonachia Stores

AL AK AZ Rigatony’s Italian Restaurant, Tempe, AZ 85284 AR CA Orchard Nutrition Center, Redding, CA, 96001 CO CT DE FL Baily’s Produce, 4301 N. Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL, 32503 Northwest Seafood, Gainesville, FL 32605 GA Strippaggio, Atlanta, GA, 30329 HI ID IL IN Purple Co-op, South Bend, IN, 46624, IA KS KY LA ME MD Williams […]

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Canada’s Rock Star Chef

Windsor, Canada is just one hour from us so I would have thought I would have been more aware of what is going on in the food scene in a country so close. That’s why I was shocked to not have Stefano Faita on my radar screen. Afterall,  this guy is BIG! Chef/Cookbook Author/Restaurant Owner/TV […]

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peace, love and pasta for all!

Every year we look forward to ringing in the New Year with our friends and family. One of our traditions has become making bouillabaise which we serve over Egg Fettuccine. I want to take this time to wish Peace, Love and Pasta for all in 2015. Health and Happiness, too!! 

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HOLIDAYPASTAGIFT

dinner in a colander

Any last minute pasta lovers on your list? There’s still time for us to ship gifts anywhere in the USA (48 states).  To get 15% off of any of our gifts enter HOLIDAYPASTAGIFT at time of checkout.   Expires December 18th so no time to dilly dally! If you are looking for very best value, then […]

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thankful for super easy tetrazzini!tetrazzini super facil

Easy Tetrazzini! Fun to say, make and eat.  This is the quickest of all “baked/make-ahead” pasta dishes. It is heading straight to the top of my list of “Perfect Pasta Recipes”. Because it is so simple,  it will help provide you time and opportunity to sit down at the table with friends and family during […]

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