I don’t know what I would do if for some reason I bought into the latest craze of carb phobia and actually eliminated pasta from my diet entirely. There really is nothing faster and more satisfying than a dish of spaghetti, noodles or macaroni simply dressed with fresh veggies, a quick sauce , fresh herbs or a wash of good fruity olive oil. In fact I would encourage you to try many of the other varities of pasta or noodles on the market today. Even if you have a wheat allergy, there is something out there for you. Rice, soy and spelt pastas are virtually everywhere.
Lately I am using some of the more unusual pastas, unusual in the sense of not commonly used by most, and have discovered a whole new set of flavors and textures. From buckwheat to mung bean the colors, textures and flavors are just wonderful. With asian noodles, the cooking time is super fast, and it doesn’t take much to prepare an authentic tasty and healthy meal that looks like you spent hours preparing.
On my last trip to Italy I noticed that whole wheat pasta is gaining in popularity, and for good reason. Not only are the health benefits increased, but that wonderful al dente texture remains nicely intact. If a change interests you, start with a good quality whole wheat pasta with your favorite sauce. Don’t be put off by the darker color. Remember more color usually always spells better nutrition. Give these pasta choices a try – you may never go back to white pasta again.