In the past decade, ancient grains have grown tremendously in popularity. Due to the increased manipulation of and hybridization of modern grains like corn and wheat, consumers are enticed by the fact that ancient grains are less processed and, as a result, less likely to cause digestive problems or intolerance. While many people choose to eat ancient grains simply by using them as the base of a dish, or a side, nowadays there are plenty of other ways to enjoy these nutrient-dense wonders. One of the most notable ways is by transforming them into pasta!
Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of pasta? They come in a ton of different shapes and colors, it’s fun to dress them up with sauces and toppings, and now that many companies are using ancient grains to make them, there are healthy options! By choosing a pasta either completely made from ancient grains, or at least, infused with ancient grain flours, you are instantly packing in way more nutrients than if you were to choose one made with just white flour and water. Not sure where to begin? No problem. Here are 15 pastas infused with ancient grains to start you off!
Tresomega Quinoa Spaghetti
Quinoa may just be the most well-known ancient grain. While many companies mix quinoa with corn to create pasta, Tresomega Quinoa Spaghetti mixes quinoa with organic rice and organic amaranth. These gluten-free and wheat-free noodles contain six grams of protein and three grams of fiber per serving. Reviewers are reporting that this pasta is an excellent gluten-free choice, and it tastes “just like wheat pasta.” Not all of the reviews are raves, though. One reviewer feels that the texture still needs to be modified, and another reports that while the taste is great they seem to experience clumping every time they cook the product. To try it out for yourself, you can get one eight-ounce box for a little under $9.
Eden Kamut Udon Noodles
Udon noodles are a type of thick, wheat-based noodle often used in Japanese cooking. Eden Kamut Udon Noodles have the same thick structure as traditional udon, but instead of wheat flour, they are made with ancient grain kamut and sea salt. Each serving (1/2 cup) has ten grams of protein and 195 milligrams of potassium. It is also kosher. Reviewers are saying that this product is good quality and that this particular seller takes a while to send the product but it’s worth the wait. If you don’t have a store nearby that sells this pasta and you want to try it, you can get one eight-ounce box for a little over $4.
Rustichella D’Abruzzo Farro Pizzichi
In Italian, pizzichi means “pinches, nips, or bites,” which explains the shape of Rustichella D’Abruzzo Farro Pizzichi. While many ancient grain pastas replace the traditional flour of pasta, pizzichi is customarily made with farro flour. According to Rustichella, this pasta has a nutty taste that does not need to necessarily be drenched with sauce and can instead be enjoyed with a simple touch of olive oil and garlic. Most of the reviewers seem to agree with this sentiment and report using this product with light, buttery sauces. However, as one reviewer points out, this pasta seems to go from al dente to “al mushy” (as they put it) very quickly, so be sure to stay attentive and stir! To try it out for yourself, you can get an 8.8 ounce package for about $7.50.
TruRoots Ancient Grain Penne
TruRoots Ancient Grain Penne is made from a blend of organic quinoa, amaranth, brown rice, and corn. TruRoots claims that the combination keeps the pasta al dente even after cooking, and reviewers seem to agree. Reviewers report that this gluten-free pasta is firm, nutritious, and tastes just like wheat-based pasta, if not better. Each serving of this pasta (3/4 cup) has four grams of protein and two grams of fiber. You can get a 2.2-pound bag for $20.
Jovial Einkorn Fusilli
Jovial Einkorn Fusilli is made with just two ingredients: organic whole grain einkorn and water. According to Jovial, Einkorn is the only wheat to never be hybridized. Each serving of this pasta, (two ounces) contains nine grams of protein and four grams of fiber. Reviewers are reporting that this pasta is easy to digest, tastes similar to white pasta, and has a nice, smooth texture unlike a lot of whole wheat pastas on the market today that often feel grainy. As one reviewer points out, this pasta has a reddish hue that looks almost purple when cooked, so don’t be alarmed by the color. You can get six 12-ounce packages for about $25.
Ancient Harvest Quinoa Veggie Curls
Quinoa pasta is pretty nutritious on its own, but Ancient Harvest Quinoa Veggie Curls ups the ante by adding vegetables. This wheat-free pasta is made from a blend of corn and quinoa flour, as well as dried bell pepper and dried spinach. Reviewers report that while this pasta does not have the exact same texture as wheat pasta, it holds its shape well and is much healthier. You can get a pack of 12 eight-ounce boxes for $43.
VitaSpelt Spelt Spaghetti
Have you been looking for an ancient grain pasta that does not have a strong taste? If your answer is yes, then consider checking out VitaSpelt Spelt Spaghetti. This pasta is made from white spelt flour that is unbleached and unenriched. Reviewers are reporting that unlike whole grain spelt which has a particular flavor, these white spelt noodles are virtually flavorless, allowing you to savor the sauces of your dish rather than the pasta itself. You can get a pack of 12 eight-ounce boxes for $35.
Eden Foods Kamut Elbows
Have you been looking for a guilt-free way to eat mac and cheese? Eden Foods Kamut Elbows may just be what you’re searching for! This no-salt-added pasta is made with just one ingredient: organic whole grain kamut wheat. Reviewers are reporting that this pasta has a naturally buttery taste and is very filling, with one reviewer commenting that he enjoys smaller portions since it’s so hearty. You can get one 14-ounce box for about $4.50.
King Soba Buckwheat With Amaranth Spaghetti
King Soba Buckwheat With Amaranth Spaghetti is a low-fat and sodium-free product made from a mix of buckwheat flour, amaranth flour, and brown rice flour. These noodles are gluten-free, wheat-free, and non-GMO. King Soba suggests using these noodles for soups, stir-fries, or for a cold noodle salad and points out they cook very quickly (just four to five minutes). You can get three 8.8-ounce packages for a little under $14.
Ancient Harvest Lentil and Quinoa Penne
Pulses are hot nowadays, and are showing up in all sorts of places, including pasta! Take Ancient Harvest Lentil and Quinoa Pasta, for instance. This product combines green lentil flour with organic quinoa flour to create a protein-packed pasta. Each serving (two ounces) contains 14 grams of protein and seven grams of fiber. This product is also wheat-free, gluten-free, yeast-free, and non-GMO. Reviewers are reporting that this product is a bit starchy but is otherwise a solid gluten-free option. To try it out for yourself, you can get a pack of six eight-ounce boxes for $27.50.
Monograno Felicetti Farro Linguine
Monograno Felicetti Farro Linguine is a fat-free, sugar-free, and GMO-free product made from 100 percent farro. While this company makes an assortment of pasta varieties, this particular posting is for their linguine: a long, flat spaghetti-type pasta. They suggest a cooking time of about eight minutes. Reviewers are reporting that this pasta has a wonderful flavor that does not need to be masked by pasta sauce. On the contrary, the reviewer comments that this pasta is especially delicious with fresh garlic and a bit of high quality olive oil. You can get two 17.6-ounce boxes for $25.
Profusion Organic Sprouted Spelt Penne
Spelt is already regarded as an easier ingredient to process than wheat. Still, Profusion Organic Sprouted Spelt Penne wanted to take the nutrition of this ancient grain pasta even further by making their product using a mixture of 50 percent regular spelt flour and 50 percent sprouted spelt flour. This not only makes the digestion process even easier, but it increases the content of vitamins E, C, B, amino acids, and trace minerals. Pretty impressive! You can get a pack of six 250-gram packages for $36.
Eden Kamut Vegetable Spirals
Eden Kamut Vegetables Spirals are made from organic whole grain kamut wheat, organic spinach powder, organic beet powder, organic carrot powder, and organic annatto powder. Each serving (one cup) has ten grams of protein and 20 percent of your daily recommendation for magnesium. Reviewers are reporting that this product not only makes a tasty hot dish, but is excellent for cold pasta salads. To try it out, you can get one 12-ounce box for $4.25.
Jovial Einkorn Rigatoni
There is quite a bit to like about einkorn pasta. As the producers of Jovial Einkorn Rigatoni relay, this ancient grain is rich in protein, B vitamins, dietary fiber, and iron. They also share the fun fact that just a two ounce-serving of this pasta contains as much of the antioxidant lutein as one whole egg. Not bad for pasta! Reviewers are loving the fact that this pasta is un-hybridized and one reviewer even feels that it’s superior to all other ancient grain pastas. To see if you feel the same, you can get one 12-ounce box for $3.50.
La Terra e Il Cielo Italian Farro Spaghetti
Even Italian companies have been hopping on the ancient grain trend! La Terra e Il Cielo Italian Farro Spaghetti, for example, is made of 100 percent durum whole farro and pure spring water of the Appennines Mountains. According to the company, it is stone milled and dried at low temperatures to ensure optimal nutrition. Reviewers seem to highly recommend the product, one points out that it does take longer to cook than regular pasta but that it is the flavor is wonderful. You can get two 17.6-ounce packages for about $13.
Okay, so you’ve made your selection, bought the ancient grain pasta of your choice, and are ready to cook! Except… what do you make? Well, don’t worry, your friends at OGP have you covered!
You can go light and saucy like in this White Wine Tomato Sauce Pasta or this Lemon Butter Pasta. For creamier options, check out this Tomato, Basil, and Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta, this Creamy Mushroom Penne, and this Cauliflower Alfredo. Want a little protein in your sauce? Try your hand at this Pasta Bolognese, this Lentil-Pecan Meat Sauce, or this Chunky Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce.
For more ideas, check out 7 Variations on on Vegan Pasta Sauce to Try and 21 Pasta Dishes to Make Your Summer Dairy-Free and Delicious. Or check out One Green Planet’s pasta section!
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