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Pasta Choices

By • Sep 20th, 2005 • Category: Pasta, Vegetarian Tips, Vegetarianism Print Print

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.

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is Toni Fiore was raised by an Italian-American father and a German mother who instilled in her a sociable nature and the love of travel and of good food. She has lived in Italy and Germany and now resides in southern Maine. She is the author of: Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian
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4 comments
dan richards
dan richards

like you i love pasta could eat it every day i'll be back for more. thanks dan richards

Maria
Maria

Hi there, Most recently my family and I have started eating the mung bean noodles. We are finding these noodles a delicious and healthy alternative to regular pasta. We have also tried Rice, Spelt, and whole wheat noodles as well. While mung bean is affordable especially if you shop at the oriental grocers, the others I have mentioned are not. They are clearly much more expensive than regular flour pasta but the taste to me is far superior and healthwise it is a very good choice.

rosemarie
rosemarie

For a Christmas dinner I would like to serve my Mother's lasagne dish. It calls for occhi deluppa pasta and I have not been able to find it. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Kate
Kate

You're so right, Toni! Whole wheat pasta, buckwheat pasta, and other whole grain pastas are FAB! Thanks and keep up the good work! GO VEGETARIAN & SAVE THE WORLD!!!

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