I was concerned about the black noodles emerging from the now-cloudy, gray water.
It looked cool, plated, with the colorful peppers and broccoli sitting atop the blue-black mound of spaghetti, but I couldn’t imagine what black bean pasta could possible taste like.
I was pleasantly surprised. It was earthy, somewhat comforting and altogether not beany.
And man was it filling. A typical serving of pasta typically has between 5 and 8 grams of protein. This pasta, Explore Asian’s Organic Black Bean spaghetti, packs in a whopping 20.8 grams per serving.
It’s not typical top-with-red sauce spaghetti. You’re better off stir-frying it in sesame oil with your favorite brightly colored veggies, some chicken or tofu and a little soy sauce and sriracha. It’s even better for lunch the next day as a cold pasta salad with a ginger vinaigrette. I’m told it’s also good with chorizo.
Because it packs so much protein, your eyes may lead you to believe you can eat more than you can – one bag served me and a friend for dinner, and then me for lunch for 3 more days. And this girl can eat.
It’s black hue may be off-putting. It may also be intriguing. In any case, it’s sure to provide some conversation fodder in your kitchen.
(PS: Sorry for the blurred pictures. Hot pasta is not easy to photograph.)