black bean pasta
heirloom tomato, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, olive oil
The noodles are marketed as “Organic Black Bean Spaghetti Shape” but the shape is actually closer to a cross between linguini and capellini. A long flat skinny noodle. The flavor is definitely reminiscent of beans, and the tooth is chewy in a pleasant way.
I was not expecting to be impressed, but it turns out that this pasta substitute is actually good. Really good. Love the creamy black color, al dente texture, mild sweet bean-y flavor, and earthy aroma. I think my gluten-free friends will be extra happy at our next Italian-themed dinner party…
black bean pasta recipe
There seems to be some controversy regarding the nutritional facts on the package which claim to provide 27% daily value of protein, 48% of daily value of fiber and 36% daily value of iron per 2 oz. serving.
Explore Asian Authentic Cuisine Organic Black Bean Spaghetti Shape is sold at Whole Foods Market, and is a product of China. Whether or not the percentages of the nutrition facts are completely accurate, the product is still high in protein, iron, and fiber, lower in carbohydrates. Gluten-free. Sodium-free. Low fat. Vegan. Organic. Kosher. And tasty.
UPDATE 12/15/2014: Explore Asian has confirmed with me that the nutritional facts have been tested by three independent sources and all three have verified the data to be accurate.
Given the shape of the pasta, I decided to prepare this dish in the classic combination of capellini with tomato and basil. Noodles are cooked just like traditional pasta. Heirloom tomatoes are seeded, diced and tossed with good quality olive oil, ribbons of fresh basil, minced garlic, salt and red pepper flakes. My basil plant just happened to be flowering, so, of course, that made the garnish.
Be sure to check out more recipes for super-tasty gluten-free bean pasta…
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(read about edamame spaghetti, made exclusively from green soybeans here)
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Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, Kale, Cabbage
Parmesan and Chives
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