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Quinoa Pasta - Ancient Harvest or other brand

corneygirl Jan 23, 2011 07:58 PM

Hope this doesn't belong on Home Cooking...

Has anybody tried quinoa pasta? I'm mostly wondering if it is worth eating as a food if it's not for a dietary (read low gluten) reason. I like whole grain pastas sometimes, and I thought about trying this. Thanks for any advice.

  1. meatn3 Jan 24, 2011 07:39 AM

    It has a high amount of protein, compared to other grains. It is also the only grain which is a complete protein.

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    1. re: meatn3
      corneygirl Jan 24, 2011 11:14 AM

      Thanks! I love quinoa, it's good to know it's so healthy. Have you tried pasta made from it?

      1. re: corneygirl
        meatn3 Jan 24, 2011 03:35 PM

        It's been a while - ISTR it having the mouth-feel of whole wheat. I generally just use it in the grain form!

        1. re: meatn3
          corneygirl Jan 24, 2011 05:56 PM

          Cool, thanks!

      2. re: meatn3
        mcf Jan 26, 2011 04:39 PM

        According to the USDA nutrient data base, quinoa has pretty negligible protein per 100 grams, about a third as much as semolina or homemade wheat pasta. You have to eat hundreds of calories of it to get a small amount of protein.

        1. re: mcf
          meatn3 Jan 27, 2011 07:48 AM

          "It has a high amount of protein, compared to other grains."

          This can be significant for people who do not eat animal products.

          http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2

          http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=...

          1. re: meatn3
            mcf Jan 27, 2011 08:08 AM

            Not according to the USDA nutrient data base. Also protein fortified regular pasta has 50% more protein than quinoa.

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            d
            debbiel Jan 27, 2011 08:06 AM

            It is not negligible; it is less. That's because quinoa pastas are typically made with a blend of corn and quinoa flour, not 100% quinoa flour. For the more common quinoa pastas, there are 4 grams of protein per serving, for whole wheat pasta there are typically about 7.5 grams of protein. I've had homemade pasta that was 100% quinoa flour and hence had about 8 grams of protein per serving.

            Cooked quinoa has about 8 grams of complete protein per serving. That's not negligible either.

            What many people like about quinoa pasta is that it is gluten free. It also has, I believe, slightly more to offer than whole wheat pasta in terms of B vitamins.

            1. re: debbiel
              mcf Jan 27, 2011 08:20 AM

              That's a negligible amount of protein per calorie in my estimation, but YMMV. There's no argument about choosing it for any number of preferences, just about the claims made that it is a substantial source of protein or that it's higher protein than other pastas. Calorie for calorie, it's a very low nutrition food.

              The fact that some folks like to eat it is fine with me. :-)

        2. d
          debbiel Jan 26, 2011 12:55 PM

          We're big quinoa fans in this house, but when we choose quinoa pasta, we do so for nutritional benefit, not taste. I prefer whole wheat pasta to quinoa pasta.

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          1. re: debbiel
            corneygirl Jan 26, 2011 01:48 PM

            That's helpful thanks!

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            guilty Jan 27, 2011 04:24 PM

            I've had quinoa pasta, and like it more than whole wheat. Since it is made with corn, it's kind of like corn pasta--a little toothy, and can get grainy if you overcook it. I'd recommend trying out a fusilli or the like; I think it works better than the spaghetti, and that way if you don't like it, it would still probably work in a pasta salad. Try it out!

            1. Vetter Jan 27, 2011 06:28 PM

              I eat it all the time. It's my favorite gluten free pasta. My sweetie (who keeps Barilla in the pantry for himself, the lucky gluten eating dude) thinks it's darn tasty, too.

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