Pasta has many uses, such as accessorizing a tuxedo, toupeeing winged-beings, or inspiring awe after it rains. Enjoy the satiating function of unleavened dough with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet pasta from Gourmet Texas Pasta at Austin Healthy Cooking on Wells Branch Parkway.
Gourmet Texas Pasta fills bowls and covers plates with all-natural, handmade whole-wheat pasta in 28 varieties. Gourmet Texas Pasta's pasta creators stone-grind durum wheat into a fine dusting, then mix in real vegetables and herbs to create linguine, fettuccine, and lasagna free of artificial colors and lead paint. Supermen and women, whose kryptonite is gluten, can carbo-load on four flavors of gluten-free pasta ($8) before shimmying into tights and running a marathon sponsored by a crime-fighting organization. Roasted habanero linguine burns hunger into a pile of ash ($7), and artichoke heart flavors are obtained by opening an artichoke's chest cavity ($7). Lasagna noodles receive a makeover with varieties such as spicy Cajun, roasted red pepper, and spinach basil garlic ($7), and ravioli packs goodness with flavor trios such as chocolate genach, pecans, and dates and scallops, bacon, and chives ($12). Carb-cowboys who need a little more length in their lassos can order custom pasta work ($10/lb.), which can create noodles up to 60 inches long.
Austin Healthy Cooking allows visitors to get their palms on Gourmet Texas Pasta and meet real chefs and professional bakers. Patrons can watch pasta being made and gawk at strings of noodle-intimates hanging out to dry on racks. A large promoter of healthy cooking and training humans to out-chef computers, the store offers free cooking classes to show that it is possible to cook healthy meals without sacrificing flavor.