I'm always on the search for pasta alternatives like zoodles, whole wheat pasta, and spaghetti squash, and you guys . . . I might have discovered another one: black bean rotini. On my weekly trip to Trader Joe's, I came across an endcap full of organic black bean rotini pasta; after seeing there was only one ingredient — black bean flour — I had to give it a try.
These noodles are packed with double the amount of protein and 650 percent more fiber than your average semolina flour pasta for the same serving size.
|Nutrition||Trader Joe's Organic Black Bean Rotini (serving size: 56 grams)||Traditional Rotini Pasta (serving size: 56 grams)|
|Fat||1.5 grams||1 gram|
|Protein||14 grams||7 grams|
|Carbohydrates||35 grams||42 grams|
|Dietary Fiber||15 grams||2 grams|
|Sugar||2 grams||1 gram|
Tips on How to Prep These Noodles
According to the cooking instructions on the package, al dente noodles should be boiled for 8-10 minutes. I pulled mine at six minutes in hope that the noodles would finish in the sauce but they were already a little past al dente in texture. Next time (and there will be a next time), I'll try at the five-minute mark and let them finish in my sauce. I served mine with just roasted chicken, marinara sauce, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. These noodles would also make a great cold Summer pasta salad with fresh corn, tomatoes, and a sprinkle of feta cheese. Just be sure as you cook them to check the firmness more frequently than traditional noodles.
Does It Taste Exactly Like Pasta?
No, there is a faint black-bean flavor, and the texture is a little chewier than traditional pasta. Unlike zoodles and spaghetti squash, they actually soak up the flavor of the sauce. Don't have a Trader Joe's in your neighborhood? You can order Trader Joe's Organic Black Bean Rotini ($19 for 3-pack) on Amazon.
Prices and products may vary by Trader Joe's location.
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes