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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best chickpea-based pastas and rice