in my cupboard: black bean pasta

Last week I shared a recipe with you for black bean pasta with chorizo & peppers. Turns out this black bean pasta gem that I picked up on a weekend when I was visiting my parents is pretty hard to track down, but a lot of you were interested in where you could find it. Also turns out that is is very tasty and incredibly healthy. Why must you be so hard to find?!

The Black Bean variety has one ingredient: black beans. It also has a ridiculous amount of protein (20.5 grams per serving) and is pretty low in carbohydrates (16 grams per serving). I did expect it to be higher in fiber (only 0.5 grams)…can’t quite figure out why it is so low. It is also organic, vegan and gluten-free. Oh, did I mention it is delicious too?

The pasta, which comes in three varieties that I saw (Mung Bean, Soy Bean and Black Bean) is imported from China and the company doesn’t even have a website, making it even harder to find! So there are a few options.

  1. You can request that your local store bring it in (typically the best way to get the product you want in stores) – the brand is called Explore Asian Authentic Cuisine.
  2. I’ll get some for you! After all, Christmas is in a few days and I’m feeling pretty giving. :) I will send one winner (US only, sorry International friends!) one bag of each variety. Might as well try them all, right?

To Enter:

  • Leave me a comment telling me which variety you are most eager to try
  • Like me on Facebook (please!!) (leave an additional comment letting me know you did so or you are already a fan)
  • Tweet about the giveaway, including @nutritionisteat (leave an additional comment letting me know you did so)
  • Post a link to the giveaway on your blog if you have one (leave an additional comment letting me know you did so)

I’ll choose a winner Sunday December 26th – Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

Edited to Add: Congratulations Samantha! Send me your mailing address and I’ll get the pasta sent out for you!


  1. says

    *liked on FB*

    also, i wanted to tell you how much i appreciated your last post, about enjoying the holidays. i’ve been spazzing out about all kinds of stuff, and your outlook calmed me. i keep the email in my inbox so that i can read it when i’m feeling stressed or guilty about the cookie i just ate. so thank you for your sensible approach to celebratory indulgence

  2. Betsy says

    Hi Emily!
    I read your blog everyday. I love your ideas and philosophy! I have celiac so I am always eager to try new pastas that I can eat! I would love to try the soybean variety. If I had the time to do fb, twitter, and my own blog I would totally give you a shout out on all three. Alas, I am a senior at Amherst College and work 20 hours per week so I only stay connected via email!

    Kudos to all your recipes – I loved the Miso Soup edition!

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Emilie says

    I’d love to try them all- they all look good, especially the black bean variety! I’m a dietetic student who loves to cook for her celiac roommate, so it’s good to know that there are products out there like these!

  4. says

    The black bean pasta sounds delicious and would love to try that one! I liked you on Facebook and will tweet about your giveaway as well. I look forward to following you this year and hope you will follow me as well. Happy holidays and stay warm!

  5. Katie says

    Hi Emily, I would LOVE to try the Black Bean! Could you also let me know what store you find them at near your parent’s? Dan drives through the area weekly. Thanks!

  6. Whitney says

    I would love to try the soybean! My NY resolution is *sigh* “learn” how to cook… and this would be the perfect motivation!

  7. says

    Funny… cause I HATE beans on their own, but pureed or made into anything else, I’m in. ;) SO my vote for black bean as well! Oooh you could make a fun burrito inspired pasta dish!! Fresh tomatillo salsa, sour cream (ie greek yogurt haha!) maybe a little chorizo…. YUM!

    OK now I have to win… or I’m going to have to go buy it myself and make that. :D

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