I’ll admit it, when it comes to eating healthy, pasta is my downfall! That’s why I was so excited to discover this Quinoa pasta while rummaging through the healthy foods section at Hannafords.
Now, I’ve tried other “healthy pastas” made with whole wheat and found them to be pretty gross. My grandparents were from Italy so I grew up with homemade pasta and I’m pretty picky about it. For me, pasta is the ultimate comfort food and if I’m going to eat it, I want it to taste like pasta not some tasteless cardboard.
Anyhow, my local Hannafords grocery store has a pretty decent “healthy foods” section and I love to hang around the aisles poking through the different products to see what they have. I was looking for the regular Quinoa when I stumbled across this “Quinoa Pasta” shoved in the back of the rack. I’d never heard of it so I had to pull it out to take a peek.
Of course the first thing I did was look at the ingredients to see what nasty chemicals were inside.
Guess what it said? Ingredients: Organic Corn Flower, Organic Quinoa Flour. That’s it.
So, it’s all organic and doesn’t have any strange ingredients you can’t pronounce. I decided to take it home and give it a try.
Did I mention it is also a gluten free pasta and has no cholesterol? Two other great reasons to give it a try.
Cooking it was pretty much the same as regular pasta, I put it in boiling water with a little olive oil and salt. You need to cook it for 9 or 10 minutes for it to be fully cooked and pasta consistency.
When I cook regular pasta, I like to try a little bit before it is done so I can be sure I don’t cook it too much. I like my pasta al dente but I noticed this quinoa pasta was too crunchy if you tried it at like the 7 minute mark. So it needs to be all the way cooked or the texture is off.
Once it’s cooked though, It tastes pretty much like regular pasta. I loved it! I gave it a test with some olive oil, pepper and parmesan cheese so I could get the full flavor and it was great. Definitely something I will keep in my pantry.
Now, I’m not sure I would call this Quinoa pasta “super healthy”. I mean I know Dr. Oz says Quinoa is a super healthy food and all, but according to the package, it’s got 205 calories per serving (2 oz dry) 1 gram of fat 0 cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 46 grams carbs, 4 grams dietary fiber and 4 grams protein.
I compared that to the Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta (which really doesnt taste that bad) and for the same serving size, it has 170 calories, .5 g fat, 0 choesterol, 0 sodium, 40g carbs, 5g fiber and 6 g protein. Plus, the ronzoni is fortified with a bunch of vitamins and minerals which the quinoa does not have. Of course, the Ronzoni is not organic so god knows what pesticides and toxins are in it.
The other thing that the Quinoa pasta does have going for it besides being organic is that it is a gluten free pasta so it’s great for people who are allergic to gluten.
If you want to look for it in your grocery store, I found it in angel hair and elbows (haven’t tried the elbows yet) and you can see what the boxes look like in the picture below.