It used to be difficult to find tasty alternatives to pasta made from wheat—especially if you’re looking for a range of pasta types. Luckily, there are tons of great tasting legume-based options these days. Chickpeas are an excellent flour alternative for pasta, thanks to its high protein and low carb content, along with a surprising amount of dietary fiber. It all adds up to a pasta that’s better for you and gives you more energy.
Here are some of our favorites.
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Banza is known for its excellent texture and cook time, more similar to regular rice than most other brands. With 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in each serving, it’s a no brainer. There are three flavors to choose from—Chipotle Tomato, Garlic Olive Oil, and Ginger Scallion. It also cooks in about five minutes, so it’s a quick meal option.
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Chickapea’s delicious pastas are gluten free, vegan, and kosher—and every 100-gram serving boasts 23 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. The brand also gives back, as a B Corp that donates three cents from every package sold to feed students nutritious lunches. This six pack is perfect for a family pantry.
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Barilla is a well known pasta brand, with a range of both wheat and gluten-free pasta types. Their chickpea pasta is not only gluten-free and protein rich, but also free of common allergy causing ingredients like peanuts, thanks to being produced in a dedicated plant. It cooks in just 7-9 minutes, making it an easy, quick, and filling meal.
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Also free of gluten and other allergens, Tolerant’s chickpea pasta packs a ton of protein into a small package. Made from 100 percent organic chickpea flour, this pasta is a delicious tasting, healthy alternative.