What is that little haystack you just clicked on? Well, first of all, it’s not my hair. And it’s definitely not my dog’s fur. It’s black spaghetti!!
Okay, that sounds weird, but it’s not just any spaghetti. It’s completely made out of black beans! So does that mean this spaghetti is…
- High in protein
- Gluten free
- Low in carbs
- Low in fat
- High in fiber
- High in iron
- Plant based
- Completely healthy??
To answer all that mumbo-jumbo: YES.
Feel like you’re dreaming yet? To be exact, this is Explore Asian’s organic black bean spaghetti that is 92% organic black beans and 8% water. That sounds absolutely insane–how do they do it? Well, in my opinion, the real question is what crazy yum recipe am I going to use with this first? 😉
Cooking the noodles are simple–boil them for 7-8 minutes and simmer gently in hot water. Rinse the ready-to-eat noodles in cold water and soak up the liquid (GENTLY, as these noodles are thin and delicate) and serve accordingly. For our first trial my sister and I boiled two servings worth of pasta and made a simple pepper basil tomato sauce dish paired with leftover broccoli, carrots and tilapia.
Finished meal! 😀
Second trial: my favorite combo!!–Peanut Sauce with Broccoli and Kabocha
Firstly, let’s talk texture. It’s something you have to get a bit used to–chewy, dense and not as soft as gluten-laden pasta, of course. But you can’t expect that anyways. They’re slightly chewier than buckwheat soba noodles and have a very mild but at the same time distinctive flavor. I personally think that they should be cooked a little longer than what is said on the package. In fact, when I cooked them in the microwave in 3 minute intervals for 9-10 minutes, they turned out much softer.
Secondly, flavor-wise it’s a bit bland, so you definitely need some sauce. The noodles are not as moist as the average wheat noodles, so to make flavors much more absorbent, squeeze in some lemon juice along with your sauce. When I did with a tablespoon of spicy peanut sauce, the pasta tasted incredible! Hot and peanuty–without too much sourness!
Lastly, the macros are almost too good to be true. For one serving you get 180 calories, 2 grams of fat (one saturated), no cholesterol, 2 meager milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbs, 12 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 25 grams of protein! It may not seem super low in carbs, but the fiber helps to deactivate the majority of them, so you don’t get a sugar spike unlike regular pasta. Micros aren’t bad either, with 13% of the calcium RDA 36% of the iron RDA.
Want a packet fo yoself? Check out the link here where you’ll also find more bean pasta! You won’t be sorry!
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