Black Bean Spaghetti
Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, Kale, Cabbage
Parmesan and Chives
Savory Garlic Sauce
This spaghetti is made from 92% black beans and 8% water and has 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber in every serving. I discovered it at my local Whole Foods Market in 2013 and have been a fan ever since.
The flavor is definitely reminiscent of beans, and the tooth is chewy in a pleasant way. It turns out that this gluten-free pasta substitute is actually good. Really good. I love the creamy black color, al dente texture, mild sweet bean-y flavor, and earthy aroma. Generally, dried pastas have 5 to 7 grams of protein and 2 to 3 grams of fiber per serving, so, not only is this black bean spaghetti quite tasty, it is more nutritious as well. Where beans replace flour, it is naturally lower in carbohydrates, with 17 grams of carbs per serving.
I pair this black pasta with bright colorful vegetables – butternut squash, mushrooms, kale, and cabbage – and a super savory garlic sauce. Finished with freshly grated parmesan and a sprinkling of chives – this dish has broad appeal – even if one is not looking for a gluten-free and low-carb pasta substitute.
Black Bean Spaghetti Recipe
Savory Garlic Sauce
• 2 T. butter
• 2 T. olive oil
• 1 ½ T. garlic, minced
• 1 T. soy sauce, low-sodium
• 1 T. fish sauce
• 1 T. brown sugar
• fresh ground black pepper
Heat butter and oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar. Cook briefly, stirring, until the sugar is melted. Finish with several grinds of pepper.
• 1 package black bean spaghetti, cooked and drained
• 1 c. butternut squash, diced
• 1 c. mushrooms, sliced
• 1 c. kale, rough chopped
• 1 c. cabbage (red or green), shredded
• olive oil
• ½ c. parmesan (save some for garnish)
• 1 T. chives, finely sliced
Toss squash with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, roast in a 400° oven until tender. Sauté mushrooms, kale and cabbage separately – in a bit of olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
Toss noodles with sauce. Add cheese and vegetables, toss again. Divide among 4 plates. Garnish with cheese and chives.
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21 thoughts on “A Unique Pasta Made of Black Beans – Gluten-Free, Lower-Carb”
Oh Lori: until 10 minutes ago I had never heard of or seen black bean pasta! It looked so appetizing and you created such a healthy dish I wondered whether Australia could possibly selling such [large country: few people!]. Did some homework and found not only an online store with it but a trolley full of other things I’ll have fun buying over the weekend! Including three other pastas of similar ilk!So ‘thank you’ again!!
Lori- this past weekend my health coach at our Natural Grocers recommended this pasta to me and I bought some to try! I will try it with this recipe! Sounds delightful!
Hi Katie – yea, this pasta is becoming really popular! With half the carbs of regular pasta, it makes a great more-nutritional substitute. Please let me know how you like it. And here’s another one of my recipes with black bean pasta, from when I first discovered it in 2013. Light and fresh, great for summer: http://www.tastewiththeeyes.com/2013/09/a-pasta-made-exclusively-from-black-beans/
How’s your grilled cheese coming along??
Funny, I’ve never noticed this pasta before. I love black beans, though, and I am trying to cut back on carbs—not easy when you love pasta as much as I do—I’ll have to be on the look out for it. Thanks for the tip!
Hi Frank – a new pasta for you, the king of Italian dishes! About half the carbs and a nice al dente tooth. You might like it, though not as much as your homemade versions I suspect. Be well my friend,
You made me want to get my hands on some black bean four to make pasta with it. I love the color and your choice of pairing is exquisite, especially the butternut squash, whose brilliant color contriubte to make the dish a feast for the eyes.
Hi Simona – how are you? So nice to hear from you. Please let me know how your black bean flour pasta turns out! And thank you for your kind words about my dish!