I really enjoy a nice pasta every once in a while – lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs, or a good ‘ol basic fettuccine.
But, lately I’ve been exchanging the pasta noodles, for veggie noodles or other alternatives. About once a month I try to look for a new pasta alternative to try out.
I was grocery shopping at the Co-op in Calgary (the Midtown location) and they have a pretty decent selection of gluten-free pasta. The one brand that had a lot of really neat alternatives is Explore Cuisine. There was a black bean spaghetti, a red lentil penne, edamame & mung bean fettucini and chick pea fusilli. I checked out their company online – and they have a few more products too that look fantastic. I was going to make a burrata & basil pasta that night and I thought the color of the black bean spaghetti would be a perfect contrast to the burrata, basil, and the chili pepper flakes.
So I picked it up as well as the Garofalo brand corn, rice & quinoa spaghetti, which a lovely older woman recommended to me.
My review of the black bean spaghetti – I would say it’s a solid 4/5. It didn’t have a ton of flavour, which was nice as it allowed the noodles to absorb the flavours that I incorporated – same as regular pasta. The texture was a teeny bit chewy – but not in a bad way; plus the texture stayed consistent as time went by. Plus they cooked super quickly. I do think the next time I try it, I might throw it in the boiling water for 2-3 min. and then quickly fry it in a pan with a little olive oil.
One thing I will mention is that the box said to boil the noodles for 6-8 min. I would say 4 min. is more than enough – they cooked really quickly and I did the whole box at once.
The verdict is I would absolutely use these noodles again. I love the pop of color the spaghetti adds to the dish, and I think I could come ups with some really tasty recipes using this product. And, my favourite thing of all – the ingredients are: organic black beans, that’s it!
Let me know you’re thoughts if you happen to check out this product – I’m interested to hear what other people think about it.
Till next time.