You know those moments in life where you experience something for the first time and you’re like, “How in the world did I ever live without this?!”
Some examples: the first time you fell in love, the first time you got a bikini wax (after the initial pain of course), the first time you tried a Victoria’s Secret push-up bra – Oh, hello! Where did you two come from?
As only a healthy foodie might understand, trying black bean pasta was one of those moments for me.
At the Natural Foods Expo West a few months ago, I had my first run in with this miracle food.
Black Bean Pasta is exactly what you’d think it was, spaghetti noodles made from black beans. That’s it.
No add-ins, preservatives, nothing – just black beans. Seriously.
When I tried them at the expo, they were mixed with a heavy cream, curry sauce and they tasted fantastic — as you would expect of anything drenched in a delicious curry cream. I was skeptical though if that same orgasmic experience would transfer when I whipped them up in my own kitchen with a simple, healthy marinara.
Well, it did.
The noodles were the perfect chewy, but not rubbery, consistency. They really don’t taste like anything, just like regular wheat and brown rice pasta, making them the perfect vehicle for your sauce.
And believe me, if you’ve eaten slimy, fishy Shirataki Noodles, then you know that bland is best for pasta. I really don’t want to smell the ocean when I’m munching on macaroni.
The most impressive part about these noodles though is their nutritional content.
I’m just speaking about the brand I used, but I’m sure all pure black bean pasta is about the same.
One 2 oz serving (the same size as traditional wheat pasta) contains 12 grams of fiber, 36 % of your RDA of iron, and 25 grams of protein — holy peptide!
All that for only 180 calories.
Black bean pasta is a wonderful source of plant-based protein and it’s obviously gluten-free. The beans’ high fiber content helps with digestion, and because it’s digested slowly, it keeps you fuller longer, which has been shown to help with weight loss.
It has a low sugar content, so it doesn’t spike your glucose levels, making it a great choice for people with diabetes. Black beans are also on the list of the top 40 foods with the highest antioxidant content.
In addition to all that amazing stuff, researchers think black beans may also play a large role in heart health, promoting antihypertensive properties.
So yeah, black beans are pretty much the bomb.
Want to reap all these amazing benefits? Grab a bag of black bean pasta and try the easiest recipe ever.
I whipped up this simple dinner in about 10 minutes using Uncle Steve’s Tomato Basil Sauce — my new favorite organic pasta sauce. It was positively scrumptious.
Black Bean Pasta w/ Spinach & Marinara
2 oz Black Bean Spaghetti
1/2 C. Uncle Steve’s Tomato Basil Sauce
1 Handful Spinach
1 T. Parmesan Cheese (optional)
1. Boil pasta according to directions.
2. Pour out water. Stir in sauce and spinach. Top with parm.
Total Calories: about 265
Note: I did not receive these noodles for free, I’m just an obsessed fan.
I did receive the pasta sauce; however, I was not compensated for it. Again, I’m just totally obsessed with the delicious simplicity of this tomato sauce.
Uncle Steve’s, which was created by former Sopranos‘ star Steve Schirripa, is made solely from organic tomatoes, onions, extra virgin olive oil, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. No sugar, 60 cals a serving, it’s amazing.
Happy Meatless Monday!
Looking for more alternatives to regular pasta? Try these:
Cheesy, Creamy Avocado Pasta aka “Zoodles”