The first full week of MoFo, are you excited?! Mondays on OBH will feature Autumn Comfort Foods, and today’s post is all about creamy, comforting pasta. The good folks at Pasta Lensi asked me to do a review on their line of gluten free, bean-based pastas and take a look at what arrived on my doorstep!
Equipped with a box of Red Lentil Fusilli, Chickpea Casarecce, and Black Bean Sedani, I immediately started dreaming up what to create with these imaginative shapes. Plus, I got an awesome tote!
Each of the pastas have between 21-26 grams of protein, plenty of fiber, and a simple ingredient list. Like, one ingredient: bean flour. Can’t get less complicated than that!
To start, I whipped up some cheesy miso alfredo with the chickpea pasta.
I blended together some almond milk, cashews, white miso, Leahey Gardens Cheese Flavored Sauce Mix, salt and pepper. On the side, onions and zucchini were sautéed and added into the final pot. The result was a very tasty and comforting dish!
The pasta itself, like any other gluten free pasta, is a different texture than wheat pasta. A bit more on the chewy side with the faintest mealy sub-texture, these shapes reminded me of other gf pastas out there. If that turns you off, maybe you won’t like Pasta Lensi’s legume line, but here’s why I like subbing gf pasta for the traditional stuff from time to time:
- Protein. It feels like I’m cheating the system by eating a bowl of pasta that has so much plant-based protein packed into it.
- Anyone who gets a grumpy gut after eating wheat (me, sometimes) can enjoy pasta again!
- Bean pastas are packed with fiber and often unique shapes and colors, which just makes dinner more interesting.
The next recipe we made was a simple marinara and meatless meatball dish, using the Black Bean Sedani pasta. The “meatballs” are from Trader Joe’s and are quite tasty!
These pasta shapes tasted similar to the Chickpea Casarecce, but (obviously) looked very different! This was a satisfying meal, made even better with a generous sprinkling of nooch.
Thank you to Pasta Lensi for letting me review your awesome line of vegan, gf pastas! Be sure to look for them at the grocery store.
See you tomorrow, bloggers!