Want pasta for dinner?
Shied away from it because of the carbs? The gluten?
What if you had a recipe that meant you could have a huge bowl of pasta, packed full of protein, without the bits you’re trying to avoid?
A warm, comforting meal like this:
A guest post over on Protein Pow has one such recipe, utilising pea protein.
(If you’ve never heard of pea protein or it’s merits before, you should check a couple of super-quick articles here and here)
We (that is, I watched and took photos) made this recipe tonight and it was surprisingly good. And cheap – the whole thing fed 2-3 people at about NZ$10 (US$7.80, approx.) total. And about half of that was the cost of the protein powder (a spur of the moment purchase, without thorough Internet research or being brought in bulk).
That’s pretty blimin’ good.
I would make one pointer to anyone thinking of making it themselves: make sure you roll the dough out as thin as possible.
This stuff takes a little longer to cook than your usual pasta, and thick bits (or bits that get clumped up/doubled over) don’t cook quite as well.
We paired the pasta with a a standard go-to tomato sauce recipe: canned tomatoes, onions and a whole bunch of garlic. Mix it up a bit with the herbs you’ve got on hand. We added chilli powder for a bit of a kick. Niiiiiiiice.
I reckon a bit of shredded spinach or cubed capsicum mixed in there would put another tasty spin on it, too.
The Verdict: It was good. It was filling, did what the recipe said, and wasn’t overly difficult to make (says I, the one who chopped onions and took photos).
Will get be made again? Yeah, I don’t see why not. There’s nothing unusual in the ingredients, and once you’ve got the pea protein, the rest of the stuff you needs probably in the pantry.
Your Say: What do you think?
Have you tried something like this before? How did it turn out?
If you give this recipe a go, let us know how you get on – share any pointers you might want to make!