Expand Your Pasta Horizons
Everyone loves a savory, satisfying bowl of pasta and sauce. It’s filling, flavorful and a comfort food staple—and there are so many innovative ways to serve it up. Next time you’re in the mood for noodles, why not try something a little different? The culinary world is brimming with tasty, nutritious alternatives to traditional wheat pasta, from spiralized fresh vegetables to chickpeas, beans, rice and quinoa.
A new year is the ideal time to expand your pasta horizons! Beans, brown rice and legumes can be used to make flour for pasta that’s lower in carbs and higher in protein than traditional wheat-based noodles. These alternatives are especially healthier than refined, white pasta that’s high in calories and low in nutrients. Some of our favorite pasta brands have done the hard part for you, so all you have to do is boil the noodles and add your favorite sauce and accompaniments. You can also use spiralized vegetables from our Produce Department as a spaghetti-like base for pasta dishes, salads, sides and more.
1Banza Chickpea Pasta
As it turns out, chickpeas make a mean pasta. Banza’s naturally gluten-free, non-GMO noodles deliver the same delicious eating experience, with twice the protein, four times the fiber and nearly half the net carbs of wheat-based noodles. Love Alfredo? Use cooked butternut squash as a base for a creamy Alfredo alternative and pair with Banza rotini noodles.
2Explore Cuisine Black Bean, Mung Bean & Edamame Pasta
What do you get when you combine organic beans with your favorite noodles? A high-protein, high-fiber pasta sensation! Choose from Black Bean, Mung Bean and Edamame Pasta from Explore Cuisine. Instead of traditional spaghetti and marinara, opt for a Black Bean or Edamame version—this will give you nearly three times the amount of protein per serving.
3Jovial Gluten Free Brown Rice Pasta
Crafted in Italy using traditional methods and carefully-selected rice, Jovial Gluten Free Brown Rice Pasta is wholesome and delicious. The organic noodles are pressed with bronze stamps and slow-dried for superior quality, taste and texture. Plus, they cook firm and work beautifully with any type of sauce, protein and vegetables you like.
4Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Quinoa Pasta
Quinoa isn’t just for salads, sides and grain bowls. Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Quinoa Pasta is certified non-GMO and made with 100% Royal Bolivian Quinoa. If you find yourself craving traditional pesto, try their Veggie Curls with pesto sauce, sundried tomatoes, olives and freshly grated Parmesan (if you’re including dairy in your diet). Their noodles are delicious with just about anything!
Eat More Veggies
Spiralized veggie noodles are a wholesome, tasty and colorful alternative to traditional pasta. We make ours in store with fresh vegetables, including zucchini, butternut squash, beet, yellow squash and sweet potato. Try them sautéed in a side, coated in your favorite marinara or pesto or tossed in a cold salad. If you’re serving them warm, only sauté them for about 3-5 minutes or until al dente—you don’t want your noodles to be limp and lifeless! Look for these fresh favorites in our Produce Department.
And if you need a little recipe inspiration, we've noodled around in the kitchen to bring you some delightful meal ideas below. Our featured recipe is Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Poached Egg. This crunchy, flavorful dish is made with zucchini noodles and asparagus ribbons lightly tossed in herby pesto. A poached egg finishes the dish. Pro tip: You’ll want the yolk to break so that it runs throughout your noodles, creating a creamy sauce that’s rich and satisfying.