I recently bought a bag of Black Bean Pasta from Trader Joes, cooked it a few days later, and completely fell head over heels for this unique pasta. The next time I was at Trader Joes? I bought three bags of this Black Bean Rotini. I’m awarding a rating of five out of five stars to this rockin’ pasta…yes, it’s really tasty stuff.
So good, in fact, that I love eating it very simply…warm and steamy, topped with just a pat of butter and nothing more.
A huge bonus is that this Black Bean Pasta from Trader Joes is gluten free. I guess this Black Bean Rotini can be defined as pasta, but if you haven’t tried it yet, then I suggest that any notions you have that it’s like regular wheat pasta or gluten free pasta be tossed out the window. Instead, cook up this Black Bean Rotini, drain it, and then toss it with a little olive oil. You’ll discover that you’ve cooked something that’s unique, healthier, and far more flavorful than any regular pasta, gluten free or not, that you’ve ever tried.
Oh, and don’t freak out from the appearance of your Black Bean Pasta while it boils in the water that turns murky and purplish…it reminds me of something that a Halloween witch might make in her cauldron…
The first time that I cooked Black Bean Pasta from Trader Joes and then drained it into a colander, I had some serious doubts. At the bottom of the colander, I found super dense, starchy–looking black pasta that looked unlike any pastas I had ever made. Light and springy this Black Bean Rotini is not.
I then tossed this Black Bean Pasta from Trader Joes, still hot and steamy, with a bit of olive oil, and served it straight up with just a pat of butter…I was blown away by how creamy and flavorful this Black Bean Pasta turned out. It tastes like, well, black beans, but the form and texture of black bean pasta is far more palatable than regular ol’ black beans.
The sole ingredient in this black bean pasta from Trader Joes is black bean flour, which is simply finely ground black beans. It amazes me that black beans can be transformed into a pasta that has such wonderful taste and texture.
The directions on the package recommend rinsing off the pasta after you drain it. I never rinse off any pastas that I cook, and I see no reason to rinse this Black Bean Pasta from Trader Joes either. By not rinsing, my pasta stays hot and ready to serve, and I don’t have to reheat it right after it’s been cooked and drained.
How does this Black Bean Pasta from Trader Joes hold up as leftovers? Very well. Better than other gluten free pastas, in my opinion. The next day, simply cover the cold Black Bean Pasta and microwave it. Then let it sit a couple of minutes to get all steamy and creamy again…so lish…
And a plus? This black bean pasta from Trader Joes is healthy. As shown by its nutrition label, it has over 15 grams of dietary fiber and over 14 grams of protein per serving, with only 35 grams of carbs.
As of this writing, Trader Joes offers a 12-ounce bag of Black Bean Rotini for $2.99, and I was able to get four good-sized main-dish servings from one 12-ounce bag.
This week, I’ll be posting several recipes that feature Back Bean Pasta from Trader Joes, and I’ll be back to link up those posts. Update: you can see recipes made with this rockin’ black bean pasta here and here and here.
I do hope you’ll try this fabulous, gluten free, and unique black bean pasta! My rating of Black Bean pasta from Trader Joes: 5 stars out of 5.
All of my opinions are independent and unbiased, and I received no samples, payments, or financial incentives from Trader Joes for this review.
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