Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be sure my favorite flavor will be available?

By ordering online by Thursday by 10am, you can be sure your favorite pasta is ready and waiting for you at your preferred weekend Farmers Market.

What are the ingredients in your pasta?

All of our pastas start with whole wheat and water. Non-vegan varieties include eggs. And any flavor listed in the title, such as basil or garlic, is also in that variety.

Are your pastas organic?

We chose the name Garden of Esther because the herbs in our very first herb-flavored pastas were (and still are) from Esther's own home garden, a garden she tends to using organic-based practices.

Is Esther a real person?

Yes! Esther began making pasta with her own two hands in her kitchen, and although she now has some helpers and uses a commissary kitchen, she is still the one making most of the pasta. You can read more about her life story here.

Is there anywhere else I can find your pasta?

Garden of Esther is available in quite a few places these days. For the most current list of restaurants, retailers, and farmers markets, please take a look at the Where to Find Us section of our website.

What is "pepperoncini"?

Pepperoncini are hot peppers grown in Esther's garden and they make this pasta variety a little bit zingy!

What's the best way to preserve the taste and texture of fresh pasta?

Esther's pasta is made fresh every week. To maintain that freshness, she immediately packages and freezes it. Fresh pasta loses its flavor and texture when stored at room temperature or even in the refrigerator. Freezing is recommended by food scientists as the best way to store freshly made pasta. You can read more about it here in a short article by Cook's Illustrated. The only way to get fresher pasta is to make it yourself!

Won't eating pasta make me fat?

No! Of course, eating too much of anything might make you gain weight, but pasta is absolutely part of a healthy and balanced diet. Consider this from an October 2018 Consumer Reports article: "Despite pasta being blamed for weight gain and maligned as a source of empty calories, it is not a diet derailer. 'Pasta doesn't deserve its bad rap for being unhealthy or fattening,' says Amy Keating, R.D., a dietician in Consumer Reports' food lab. Cutting pasta out of your diet isn't the magical path to a slimmer you." You can read the entire article here.