by Sarah Anne
I have a bit of a love/hate kind of thing going with pasta. I LOVE the delicate bite of a fresh pasta. The chew. The way the sauce clings to it. However, when I'm really trying to watch what I eat, a pasta dinner really takes up a good portion of my intake for the day. For a girl who loves to eat, this is super frustrating.
Last night I had pasta planned and thought I'd peruse the natural foods store for any alternatives that might be worth trying. I'm SO glad I did, because I discovered something that I think I love more than regular, dry white pasta.
Less calories and more protein than conventional pasta, and a far better texture than whole wheat spaghetti, this was certainly a winner in this house. I tossed it with a simple fresh tomato and garlic sauce which clung nicely to each strand like I would expect with regular wheat pasta. I've tried rice pasta, kamut pasta and corn pasta - none of which stood up to my stringent pasta standards. This quinoa version by Gogo, had a nice bite to it, sauce held and it was easy to prepare. Word to the wise, however? Do NOT overcook it, or it will go to mush very, very quickly.
I'm anxious to try Gogo's other varieties. Perhaps macaroni and cheese or a baked pasta dish next? I bet a fusili variety would make a great greek pasta salad as Elsha helped us out with a week or two ago. While a bit more pricey, this product will definitely become a staple in my house!
Have you ever tried quinoa pasta or any other 'alternative' flour product and been pleasantly surprised?