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There's an exciting new category of chickpea-based products that'll transform your dinnertime routine. Calling all carb lovers: Chickpea pasta is here to add way more nutrition to your noodles.
Gluten-free, packed with protein and fiber, and with nearly half the net carbs of traditional pasta, chickpea pasta is blowing up in recipes right now (and all over celebrity social media accounts), and for good reason. Though there are many types of legume-based pasta alternatives currently on the market — from red lentils to black beans — we think the taste, texture, and versatility of chickpea pasta makes it most similar to traditional pasta (but way healthier).
We chatted with Brian Rudolph, founder of Banza — which happens to be one of our favorite brands of chickpea pasta — to get more insights on the health benefits of chickpea-based foods, how we can incorporate chickpea pasta into our daily diet, and why legumes are such an important staple ingredient in so many cultures around the world.
What are the health benefits of legumes such as chickpeas, and why should we be eating more of them?
"Legumes, including chickpeas, are a staple in the areas of the world where people live longest. They're affordable, high in protein, high in fiber, allergen-friendly, and environmentally efficient. Despite all of these great qualities, Americans eat one-tenth of the daily recommended value of legumes."
How is chickpea pasta an easy substitute to incorporate into your daily diet?
"Pasta is a universally loved food. By making a pasta out of chickpeas, we're meeting people where they are, and ultimately we're making a nutritious ingredient more accessible."
Now that you're feeling more informed about the health benefits of chickpea pasta, let's get cooking! Shop a few of our favorite chickpea pasta brands below, and get ready to swap out that traditional pasta.
If you're craving gooey mac and cheese, but have a gluten intolerance or other dietary restriction, chickpea pasta brand Banza is here to the rescue! Their new line of chickpea mac and cheese includes classic elbows with cheddar cheese, shells with white cheddar cheese, and — our personal favorite — shells with perfectly peppery cacio e pepe.
Just add a splash of your favorite milk and butter (optional) to taste, and get ready for the easiest weeknight meal ever.
You might already be familiar with Italian food brand Barilla, but we bet you haven't tried their brand-new line of legume-based pastas just yet. Made with one simple ingredient — chickpeas, in this case — this gluten-free, protein-packed rotini is delicious and tastes even better than traditional wheat-based pasta.
Be sure to try their other tasty legume-based pastas, including red lentil penne and chickpea casarecce.
Rigatoni is one of our favorite pasta shapes for its ability to cling perfectly to thicker, heartier meat sauces, and this organic chickpea pasta from Olo is certainly up for the task. Made from one simple ingredient — organic chickpea flour — we love the slightly nutty natural flavor and thicker size of this chickpea pasta.
$34.99 for 2-pound box
With 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, Explore Cuisine's Organic Chickpea Pasta makes a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional noodles in virtually any recipe. Make sure to check out their other gluten-free superfood pasta varieties, too — like their green and red lentil-based pasta.
Made with only two powerhouse ingredients — organic chickpeas and organic red lentils — this gluten-free and allergen-friendly Chickapea Organic Pasta is loaded with a whopping 27 grams of protein per serving. Toss with olive oil, fresh herbs, and a sprinkle of salty Parmesan cheese for a quick and nutritious weekday meal.
With 25 grams of protein, 13 grams of fiber, and nearly half the net carbs of traditional pasta, this best-selling chickpea-based pasta from Banza is a gluten-free no-brainer. We especially love subbing in this rotini for wheat-based pasta in mac and cheese recipes (Banza has a specific chickpea-based version as well).
Made simply with flour ground from chickpeas, Pasta Lensi Chickpea Pasta has 22 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving. This fun, free-form casarecce shape is our favorite out of all the chickpea pasta brands for its ability to soak up chunky and fresh sauces, like a robust veggie-loaded Bolognese.
Made from a balanced organic blend of chickpea and white rice flours, this brand-new chickpea pasta from allergen-friendly health brand Tolerant Foods is loaded with good-for-you flavor. Highly rated for both taste and consistency, we recommend pairing this penne with your favorite pesto sauce for a meal that's packed with delicious, plant-based goodness.