As someone who can’t indulge in “regular” pasta, but who has made/tried many delicious and also gross alternatives (below)… I still am always curious when I find new options. So when black bean pasta came up on my radar- after checking out the ingredients and reviews I didn’t hesitate to buy.
The good news is we can add them to the delicious list. A couple of reviews said they were chewy- I disagree. None of the alternatives are going to have the exact same taste as regular spaghetti/pasta/noodles, because they are not the same- but they can come pretty close and this one does. Kelp noodles are chewy- meaning you can chew and chew and they don’t break down. These black bean noodles are made up of only: organic black beans 92%, water 8%. And as you can see in the images they expand quite a bit. They are a brownish-green colour.
– Sautee chopped garlic and tomatoes.
– Finely chop (used mini Cuisinart) a couple of garlic cloves, olives and fresh basil.
– Add black bean spaghetti to boiling water and time for 6 minutes. Drain.
– Add a dash of olive oil and sea salt with all of the above and toss.
Being black beans this spaghetti is high in protein, fiber and rich in iron. The only thing that gave me pause… they are made in China.
Other alternative options…
Zucchini: So good. Seasonal. You can find the recipe here and pictures on instagram. Made and enjoyed many many times.
Quinoa/ Brown Rice: Also good- but they are not grain free so I cannot eat all the time- once in a blue moon. Trader Joes has a good version as does Andean Dream.
Spaghetti Squash: Delicious as well. Seasonal- but nature’s natural pasta. Recipe here.
Miracle Noodles: didn’t even get to try these- as soon as I opened the package I gagged. Smells like horrid chemicals.
Kelp Noodles: I know many people like these, and though they look like “pasta/noodles”- they are disgusting. My imagination likens it to eating rubber. Gross.
Do you have a favourite alternative “pasta” you like? Please share.