WIN-It-Wednesday: Conte’s Gluten-Free Pasta

Remember Stuffed Shells, Cheese Tortellini, Pirogues and Raviolis? If these are the type of cravings you are dreaming about on your gluten-free diet than check out Conte’s Pasta… this week’s WIN-It-Wednesday sponsor on

Conte’s Pasta Company is a family run business that makes phenomenal Italian specialties the old fashioned traditional way. Since 2007 they have offered a selection of gluten-free choices to their product line, including gluten-free raviolis, stuffed shells, lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs and gnocchi. I have tried them all and they are remarkable!

Conte’s makes traditional Italian meals like I remember.

I am so thrilled that Conte’s Pasta Company is this week’s WIN-It-Wednesday sponsor!
Two (Yes 2!) LUCKY BeFreeForMe members will win a goodie box full of an assortment of Conte’s gluten-free pasta.

How can you win?

Reply to this blog and tell us what family traditions you had/have. (Me? Dad’s Flourless Chocolate Cake for birthdays; fish & chips from Bessie’s Seafood; summer clam bakes on Cape Cod; and long walks with the extended family after big holiday dinners).

All entries must be received by Tuesday, 03/23/10 at 12 midnight EST. 

Good Luck, Keep those traditions going…. And as always,

Be Free!

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61 Responses to “WIN-It-Wednesday: Conte’s Gluten-Free Pasta”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    It seems odd, but somehow I started taking my daughter for donuts on the days she goes to the dentist. Donut day just sounds better than dentist day. We just tried making our own gluten-free donut holes, and they actually turned out great!. Hooray for dentist day!

  2. Mikki Says:

    These look delicious and boy do I miss good pasta!
    A family we have is our Friday night pizza nights. I think we’ve only missed a handful through all these years.

  3. Cindy Says:

    Had to pick this tradition on St. Patrick’s day. As a child we always had corned beef sandwiches on St. Pat’s Day to celebrate our Irish heritage. I carried on the tradition with my three children and talked to my youngest daughter last night who told me she and her husband bought a corned beef to cook today. The tradition carries on (:.

  4. Francine Says:

    In our family, if it is your birthday, you get to pick what is for supper!

  5. WENDY KNAPP Says:

    My favorite family tradition occurs at Easter,My husband draws clues on little pieces of paper and hides them all over our house and sometimes the yard and the kids have to follow the clues to find the Easter baskets.They have ended up in strange places such as the dryer,the microwave ,a vehicle,even tied up in a tree.My kids are now 14 and 17 but they still enjoy Dads clues and look forward to them.Have a great day!!!

  6. Michelle Eaton Says:

    Oh I miss Raviolis and Tortellini’s

  7. Cindy Says:

    Eating zeppoles on St. Joseph’s Day, which is a few days after St. Patrick’s Day.

  8. Marilyn Says:

    When I go to visit my family, for dinners, etc., they expect me to bring something with quinoa in it. Only once I brought just enough for me. They all tasted it and fell in love with it. Now they expect a different recipe and lots of it!

  9. marie Says:

    I have eaten the ravioli. They are great. I am Italian and I missed real ravioli. These are close to perfection. I can’t wait to try the others

  10. Anne Rod Says:

    Hiding plastic colored Easter Eggs outside for the “children” to find on Easter Day – Each child gets his/her own color. My two grown children, aged 25 & 20 still love finding their colored Easter eggs! It is a great tradition and we plan to keep it going……

    Other Family Traditions – Friday fish fries during Lent –
    The making of an Italian cookie called “roquitta’s” every Christmas with my husbands family!

  11. Kat Says:

    Our traditions – a big breakfast on Christmas day, cupcakes with buttercream frosting for holidays, and summer BBQ’s ending with grilled pineapple and nutella.

  12. sarah Says:

    One of the traditions that my Mom has always carried on is telling us the story (extended version) of the day we were born on each of our birthdays. It has become one of those things that you get excited to hear and makes you feel so special. After all, a lot of events have to happen before you can bring a baby into the world. I don’t know…some people think it’s cheesy but I don’t mind. I hope to carry it on when I have children.

  13. Elizabeth Says:

    My grandmother always made us a rainbow cake for our birthday. She would do 4 layers and each layer would be a different color.

  14. Lisa Says:

    One family tradition we have is to have our family lake party every year. We all gather at a designated lake where we enjoy swimming, skiing, food, games and just quality time together.

  15. Phyllis Says:

    Christmas morning my husband make omlets. The children are all grown but always make it home for dad’s omlets on Christmas.

  16. Dawn Says:

    My family is very small and my favorite tradition is no cook holidays like Valentines and birthdays. We have an indoor picnic with GF foods and a yummy bottle of bubbly.

  17. Maria Says:

    One of our family traditions is Prime Rib on Christmas. We do it every year! YUMMY

  18. Tina Borchardt Says:

    My husband makes me a yummy gluten-free cake for my birthday every year!

  19. Marianne vadney Says:

    Our family tradition is everyone being togather christmas morning eating a huge dinner and exchanging presents at my parents. All other holidays can be at different houses or not celebrated at all but christmas morning is important to my father and we all cram in my parents house to celebrate

  20. Susan C - AZ Says:

    Our family traditions show up at the Jewish holidays, latkes for Hannukah, chicken fricasse and corn beef at Passover, as well as many desserts made with potato starch and eggs. On Thanksgiving, we always have a fabulous turkey and roasted vegetables with a big salad filled with all kinds of delicious goodies. Never a boring salad at my familyi dinner table.

  21. Gluten Free Betsy Says:

    My favorite family tradition that I can no longer partake in was the Lemon Fluff cake from Wolf’s Bakery when I was younger. We’d get that cake for every party, whether it was a birthday or First Communion celebration. It was so delicious!

  22. Paula Says:

    We try to have an true ethnic meal at least once a month…Rouladin, Paneer, Pollo en Mole, Bangers & Mash. We also talk about the culture that the meal was derived from. It’s our way of traveling the world, while staying home.

  23. Cassandra Gee Says:

    We have lots of swimming and barbecues during the summer!

  24. Marina Says:

    Oyster stew in the winter, banana pudding in the summer. And corned beef and cabbage on St. Paddy’s. 🙂

  25. Katie Says:

    On St. Patrick’s Day we let our twin daughters skip school for the day and my husband takes off work. The 4 of us enjoy a day full of irish dancing shows (which my girls perform in), special snacks, drinks & G-F treats in the car, and fun meals in between. It’s always a special day!

  26. Denise Says:

    This sounds great…………….. really miss using the pasta I grew up with.

  27. Pamela Stickney Says:

    One tradition we have in our house, is on Friday nights, we make popcorn and homemade milk shakes. My 7 yr old loves chocolate milk shakes. We do not use microwave popcorn we like to have popcorn that we can pop ourselves.

  28. Alissa Says:

    Coffee cake on xmas eve, irish soda bread on St. Pat’s (both before going GF), walks after dinner

  29. Faith Pavkovich Says:

    I make layer cakes with 7 minute (fluffy) frosting for our family Birthdays. Those yummy cakes sit on the pedestal cake plate that my mother (mom died when I was just 7 years old) used for our Birthdays when my siblings and I were kids. I bring out that beautiful heiloom cake plate for all (3) of my grown kids Birthdays and now, as the tradition continues, I do it for my (3) grandchildren too!

  30. Stephanie Says:

    My Grandmother’s birthday is New Years Eve, so every year our family congregates at the house for a party (you’d be surprised how hip my Grandparents are!)

  31. Kristina Says:

    I love Contes Raviolis!! So happy when I found these products. One tradition I have is I bake a dessert and a breakfast item, muffins, banana bread or streusel cake with my daughters, 5 and 31/2 for the upcoming week. I used to love to bake before getting celiac and now enjoy it with my girls.

  32. Gwendolyn Says:

    My family in Virginia had traditions, but I’ve since moved and have started a family up here in the north. One thing we are doing is having dinner together every night. Something I want to have now that I didn’t have before. We’re also going to walk every night after dinner now that the weather is nice. The dishes can wait.

  33. cindy Says:

    One of our family traditions is homemade ravioli. These yummy ravioli are made with chicken, veal, spinach and parmesean cheese. At Christmas we eat them in a delicious chicken broth and all my relatives would come to our house to have a bowl . Only a small region of Italy makes them this way and they are truly a delectable family favorite Growing up I watched Grandma make them, then my parents. My husband and I have made them over the years and my daughter recently joined in. My goal as a newly diagnosed celiac is to learn how to make them gluten free!!!

  34. Linda Says:

    We always have 12 green grapes for each person along with ham and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.

  35. Christine Says:

    One of my favorite traditions is every Easter morning my dad makes an “Easter Frittata” or omelet, with eggs, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and italian sausage…delicious. He carried on this tradition from his mom, and though I can’t always be with my mom and dad on Easter morning, I have been making this specialty at my house for my husband and children. One tradition that carries on that I miss out on is zeppole for St. Joseph’s day, March 19th. Someday I am sure someone will come up with a gluten-free version…one can only hope!!

  36. DEBBIE Says:


  37. Kathy Bunn Says:

    Playing cards at all family gatherings. Lots of laughs.

  38. Lindsey Says:

    Every christmas my mom and I would make Chex Mix to leave for santa. New Years was “olympics.” We would do several events throughout the day/evening such as go bowling, card games, stupid human tricks, etc. Whoever collected the most points was awarded the grand prize at midnight and was the reigning champ for the year. We had a blast, good family fun. 🙂

  39. Theresa Watson Says:

    I am Italian and our holiday family tradition was to always have some type of past dish before the main entree, i.e. raviolis, lasagna, baked ziti. Thank you for this opportunity to win!

  40. Michie Page Says:

    Getting up early with Mom on Thanksgiving to start the Turkey and watch the parade, watching the Oscars with Mom, Sunday family dinner night

  41. Janet LaRue Says:

    Oh, I love Conte’s pasta! We don’t really have a distributor around here and I would love to try these products again…anyway…I digress…
    One of the traditions that my family has had is homemade Easter Eggs for easter. My father’s parents made them, then my father, and now I carry on the tradition. Hopefully my children will take an interest someday and continue this tradition as it brings such wonderful memories each year I make them!

  42. Esther Fraser Says:

    Truro in Cape Cod every September (sometimes you just have to take your children out of school for the week) – it’s fun and educational (and Ptown has a small restaurant with the BEST GF made to order crepes); the Polar Express in North Conway, NH winter (and can I tell you that North Conway has FABULOUS GF restaurants such as Raffertys and Bellinis) and Story Land in the summer (no matter how old my daughter is she loves going back every year)! I am semi newly diagnosed with Celiac disease (3 1/2 yrs) but we have been able to maintain our family traditions without my having to juggle meals around my restrictions!

  43. diane Says:

    Every Christmas we get together and make homemade gnocchi. We successfully made it GF after my two children were diagnosed with celiac. However during the year when I’d make storebought frozen gnocchi I could no longer do that because there were none that were GF. Same goes for the ravioli. Now we can finally have these again!
    Thank you!

  44. Cathy S Says:

    Wow I tried the Conte’s pasta and it is terrific, but cost prohibitive so it would be great to win some!
    A tradition I started when my boys were young was to have a Chinese food “picnic” on a blanket in front of the Christmas tree. My husband did not care for Chinese food in those days so we would pick a night when he worked late and lay a blanket on the living room floor and eat our take-out with just the tree and Christmas carols playing. It was the best!

  45. Terri Peters Says:

    xmas at the in-laws. would love some great pasta.

  46. Kim Hahm Says:

    Barbecueing in the summer with my family. Good ol’ barbecued chicken or porksteaks on the grill with corn on the cob and baked beans. Its not a true family event if we haven’t gone through a whole packet of napkins between all of us (from the messy barbecue sauce). We dont care we love to dig in and enjoy! Looking forward to that this summer!

  47. pj Miller Says:

    Our Christmas tradition is that each child’s gifts (from Santa) are wrapped in their own wrapping paper. We try to save the paper year to year to save money. We also have a dinner time tradition…. Each night one person eats from a different (shape, color, etc) plate. That person recieves postive compliments from everyone. This discussion puts a smile on everyone’s face, especially the one with the different plate.

  48. April Says:

    We really have a ton of traditions here! On St. Patricks Day we have green gf pancakes, green eggs, green grapes, and green milk for breakfast. On Valentines Day we have pink heart shaped gf pancakes (we always use Pamela’s). Thanksgivings we always have all of the family over and I will prepare an entire gf feast for everyone. Christmas Eve we do the same thing! We are starting homeschooling this year, too, and have already decided on Field Trip Fridays where we’ll most likely be bringing a lunch that is themed toward where we’re visiting. Traditions bring us parents back to childhood, I think, as well as create memorable experiences for the kids!

  49. Virginia Says:

    Since discovering I have celiac disease, my tradition has been to take a gluten-free sour cream coffee cake to share with family on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Everyone looks forward to my “special” cake and can’t believe it is not a “normal” cake! If I hear about a newly diagnosed celiac in my community, I make a special effort to take them a cake as well.

  50. Sarah S Says:

    We celebrate the entire week prior to someone’s birthday. They get to choose their favorite meals and we make it special for them. We also enter the state fair every year. It is a great way for our children to see the fruits of their hard work.

  51. Julie Says:

    My favorite traditions have always been our Thanksgiving time with extended family – the food is good, the company is great & there’s time to enjoy both! Now we have a gluten filled table & a gluten free table – and sometimes the gluten eaters are surprised when ours tastes better!

  52. Aearl Says:

    Our family traditions seem to revolve around food. I’m a new Celiac and am already feeling like I’m going to miss out on our Polish Easter – missing the pierogies!

  53. dawn Says:

    Since my husband and i got married we’ve gradually started some family traditions… the most prominent is pancake Sunday. Every Sunday at home is an opportunity to sleep in, have pancakes, and relax.

  54. Jen M Says:

    We always make hot cross buns at Easter. 🙂

  55. Sue Says:

    Thanksgiving at my house is special as it is one of the few times we all are able to get together. Most years I have to work in the morning so I start chopping and doing prep a day early. Lots of work but so rewarding.

  56. Amanda B. Says:

    We always have the tradition of eating with family once a week, usually Friday nights, this way we get to see everybody at least once during the week. If it’s a busy month, we might only get together every other Friday, but we still try to see each other often, we eat dinner and play cards every Friday night, it’s fun.

  57. elicia Says:

    a giant bowl of pasta to celebrate past trips to italy and to remember my surrogate grandmother!

  58. Barbara F Says:

    As soon as the weather gets warm we pack a picnic lunch of hummus, cucumbers and yogurt, chips- and head for the park, taking the dogs with us.

  59. Amanda Says:

    Pancake (Shrove) Tuesday! I always loved having pancakes for dinner that day!

  60. Randi Says:

    Growing up in our Italian home, Sunday dinner at 2PM always included one of these delicious pastas! We would sit and discuss how to solve the worlds problems, what we were learning in school and how Grandma Tillie made made ‘such n’ such’. Every major holiday included something different. If it wasn’t tortellinis it was cannolis! Once (at 23) I was diagnosed with Celiac, that world ended, rather abruptly. I have tried one Conte’s Pasta and its so close to the real thing, I thought I was eating the real thing! Woo-Hoo!

  61. Kathleen Reale Says:

    The winners of the Conte’s Pasta giveaway are….

    1.) Barbara from NM
    2.) Marilyn from MA

    ENJOY & as always…

    Be Free!

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