Whole wheat pastas are a bit tougher and denser than semolina varieties, but that's because they have less carbs and more fiber. Try making slow-cooked lasagna to soften up the noodles while still getting all the benefits of the whole grain pasta.
What to try: Bionaturae Organic Whole Wheat Pastas ($3) are made in Tuscany, Italy. These pasta makers offer a wide variety of pasta shapes using antique bronze dies to create the shapes in a traditional manner. The antique bronze dies punch out pasta with a rougher surface texture to help absorb more sauce.