Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question?

Lilly’s has an answer! Whether you have a general inquiry on pasta’s health value or a specific question on Lilly’s ingredients, we’re here to serve up some knowledge.

  1. Why is fresh pasta better than pre-cooked pasta?

    Fresh pasta has a better flavor and more satisfying, rustic texture than precooked pasta, while still being fast and easy to cook. It’s truly the closest you can get to homemade pasta without rolling out the dough yourself. Plus, since no water weight is added before the pasta is sold, you get more pasta bang for your buck – just one and a half pounds of fresh pasta can serve four people generously!

  2. How can you tell if pasta is fresh?

    Fresh pasta will always be either in the refrigerated section or the freezer, since it has a shorter shelf life than dried pasta. Try to avoid products labeled as “precooked” or “parcooked” – though they might a couple of minutes on preparation, they lose that delicious and hearty “bite” that makes fresh pasta such a treat in the first place.

  3. What are the health benefits of pasta?

    Pasta provides beneficial carbohydrates, which serve as a primary source of fuel for your body. Specifically, pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which helps sustain energy.

    Enriched pasta is also fortified with folic acid, which is essential for women of childbearing age. New evidence shows that folic acid may protect against heart disease and some types of cancer. Pasta is also a good source of B vitamins, iron, and niacin.

    Plus, pasta is generally eaten with nutrient-dense food partners such as fiber-filled vegetables and heart healthy fish, which all contribute to a healthy diet.

  4. I’m trying to lose weight. Should I be worried about eating pasta?

    Pasta is a fat-free, low sodium food that can fit right in to your weight loss plan. One cup of cooked pasta contains just 200 calories, along with valuable vitamins and minerals. It’s also filling, since semolina is a high-protein grain, which can help support dieting efforts.

    A half-cup serving of Lilly’s pasta contains a mere 99 calories, less than half a gram of fat, and less than 5 milligrams of sodium.

  5. What is the shelf life of Lilly’s pasta?

    Lilly’s fresh pasta has a shelf life of about 16 to 20 days, refrigerated.

    Frozen fresh pasta can stay in the freezer as long as 12 months until it is ready for preparing. Once thawed, it has the same 16 to 20 day shelf life.

  6. What type of flour is used in your pasta products?

    Lilly’s pasta is made from 100% Semolina flour shipped from the North Dakota flour mills, which is known for producing the best flour in the country. Semolina is a delicious, all natural grain that contains less than .05% gluten, making it easy to digest and unparalleled in flavor.

  7. Are there gluten-free options?

    Yes, Lilly’s currently offers three gluten-free Pasta cuts: Gemelli, Mafalde, and Rigatoni.

    Is precooked pasta costing you dough?

    As someone in the food business, you always want to make sure you’re serving your customers the best tasting products while improving your own bottom line. In this free PDF, explore the nuances between fresh and precooked pasta to figure out which is a better fit for your kitchen.