Argh, fettuccine just does not look like it should have two c's o me, but this is what google is telling me. A few weeks ago, I came across Exas Organic Mung Bean Fettuccini, whose sole ingredients are mung beans and water. I have no idea how that is even possible, but I guess that is why I am not in the business of making bean noodles. Too bad, I could really use that bean noodle money to buy a yacht. About to embark on my detox, I was intrigued. Not only is it gluten free, it is extremely high in both protein and fiber (25 & 11g, respectively). What?!? Those stats are nuts. That is close to half to recommended amount for someone my size. I figured it would likely taste awful and induce a gastrointestinal revolt. I had to try it.
Preparing for the worst, I whipped it up with some homemade pesto, and like the enchanting girlfriend I am, declined to tell LOML that it was a "healthy" pasta, not only because I feared he would prematurely reject it, but also because I wanted to see if he noticed a genuinely noticed a difference. Turns out, the love of my life does not have the refined palette to distinguish bean noodles from carby noodles, and I am ever so glad because these were awesome.
It cooks up just like regular pasta - I made about 3/4 of the bag, and honestly, it would probably feed 4 people. We had plenty for dinner and I had enough leftover for two lunches. It expands quite a bit and is very filling. The noodles were al dente - firm, but chewy...very chewy. I would definitely recommend serving this with a strong flavor, and the pesto worked perfectly. It tasted just like regular pesto pasta, but with a bit more chewiness. Looks-wise, I mean, it is green noodles, I've seen green noodles before. Ain't no thang. They've got an odd bumpy texture, but it does kind of help to adhere the sauce a bit. If you try the noodles on their own, there is a bit of bean flavor, but nothing too crazy. Overall, I would say this is absolutely the best "healthy" pasta alternative I've tried, way better than the whole wheat varieties.
The only downside (although some people might consider this an upside) - if you are not used to large amounts of fiber, there is a bit of a "detox" reaction. I would recommend eating a bit less and adding a side to the meal. Unfortunately for LOML, he had a larger portion, and due to the fact that I didn't tell him until the next day, when he had already been to the bathroom most of the day, he was not what I would describe as "thrilled" with me. Word to the wise - tell your loved ones or they will not appreciate your covert intentions to sneak healthiness into their diet. Especially after you let them eat two servings. "But all the protein!" you might say to them. "I bet Batman eats a lot of protein." Do not use this argument. They know Batman ain't eating no bean noodles.
The company also makes a Black Bean and Soybean Spaghetti, which I will probably try next, and I probably won't tell LOML about that either, because I want him to be as healthy as Batman. They can be a bit tricky to find in stores, but if you're willing to take a chance, you can buy them in packs of 6 from Amazon for less than $4 a pack:
Let me know if you give them a try - I'd love to hear your thoughts!