Consumer Reports: New twist on pasta

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If you love pasta, you're in luck because 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney reveals which new pasta alternatives are the best tasting and most nutritious. (KGO-TV)

Are you a pasta lover? If so, 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney partnered up with Consumer Reports to put new kinds of pastas to the test.

Are you going to a cookout over the weekend, and want to bring your pasta dish to share? Maybe you'd consider whipping yours up with one of the new pastas in your supermarket, made from beans, chick-peas or even quinoa.

Consumer Reports experts checked them out to see which of these pasta alternatives are tasty and nutritious.

Consumer Reports' food team advises that for best results, follow the cooking directions carefully and don't overcook, as legume pastas can get mushy quickly.

There's a new twist on pasta as it's not just made of wheat anymore.

Consumer Reports food experts came to the table, and checked out pounds and pounds of pasta.

"We brought in 13 alternative pastas in total to evaluate for nutrition, taste, and texture. We tried several varieties of each -- black bean, red lentil, chickpea, and quinoa blends," Consumer Reports spokesperson Amy Keating said.

Overall, their carb count is similar to regular pasta, but they are a good source of fiber.

And what about texture? "A really good regular pasta shouldn't be mushy, crumbly or rubbery. But most of these fell short of that ideal, but could be improved as part of a recipe," Keating said.

Trader Joe's organic black bean rotini has a good black bean flavor, but on its own it had a slightly mushy, chalky texture.

When included in a salad, some of the texture and flavor issues were minimized. A one-cup serving has about 15 grams of fiber.

Topping the chick-pea versions is explore cuisine's organic chickpea fusilli. It received good scores for nutrition. It has a slightly starchy bean-like flavor and a chewy texture.

This pasta pairs well with red sauce, and it's also good tossed with olive oil, cheese and fresh parsley.

Testers rated Ancient Harvest pow red lentil rotini very good. It has a clean, flavor that tastes of red lentils.

It goes well with red sauce, or a mixture of roasted veggies and a sprinkling of cheese.

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