A delicious g-free ravioli hailing from Saskatchewan

LSCicchirillo ravioli

Among my bag of goodies from last week’s Gluten Free Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre were finds from the Saskatchewan company, Celiac Choice.

Stuffed pasta has always ranked high on my list of favourites, and since going gluten free, I actually haven’t had any. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten excited after hearing a restaurant can make any of their pasta dishes gluten free. But alas, the gluten free version of their original dish is always a rice pasta penne. While I am grateful for the g-free option, there is always some disappointment when the restaurant’s original dish is a ravioli or tortellini.

The lineup for this booth at the Gluten Free Expo was long, but the samples were worth the wait. I ended up forking money over for two bags of frozen ravioli and one bag of frozen perogies.

A long line of hungry people at the Gluten Free Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, May 4, 2014.

A long line of hungry people at the Gluten Free Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, May 4, 2014.

Thus far, I’ve only cooked the ricotta-spinach ravioli at home (there is a four-cheese version waiting in my freezer to be prepared next). I followed the bag’s instructions (bring water to a boil and immerse ravioli for approximately 9 minutes), and when they were done I was happy to find they did not break easily as other gfree pastas do. At one point I had the boil on too high, which caused a couple of the raviolis’ filling to ooze out a bit, so I lowered the temperature.

Just as it was at the expo, the dish was delectable at home. Delectable and filling. I thought I would be hungry after splitting the small bag with my husband, but the raviolis are quite large and a full meal can be made from four pieces.

Samples from the Gluten Free Expo were in demand.

Samples from the Gluten Free Expo were in demand.

In researching the company further, my heart sank as I found only retailers in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba carry my new frozen finds. I am left wondering how long till this Canadian company cater to the rest of our country. Till then, I might have to hold off on cooking those last two bags I have sitting in the freezer.

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