Fettuchini Made from Organic Mung Beans – An Interesting Idea

Written by Max Goldberg on September 15, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

For pasta purists, the thought of fettuchini made from organic mung beans is nothing short of heresy.

Yet for people who are constantly seeking alternatives to white or whole wheat pastas (you can put me in this category), a mung bean product is intriguing.

I’ve eaten plenty of non-traditional pastas, such as brown rice, spelt, vegetable, and quinoa, but I cannot recall ever eating a pasta made strictly from beans.

And organic mung beans nonetheless, one of my favorite beans.

THE TASTE

When you’ve eaten pasta your entire life, you come to expect a certain taste and texture, even if it is brown rice or quinoa pasta.

However, the gluten-free, organic mung bean pasta by Explore Asian threw me for a loop for several reasons.

1) It was much more chewy than I had expected. The pasta did not melt or easily breakdown in my mouth.

2) It was much more filling than I had expected. I didn’t need to eat much at all before I was full.

However, I continued eating once I was full because I was just not used to eating a 1/2 bowl of pasta. I’m accustomed to eating an entire bowl of pasta and wanting more.

3) I am not sure why but it had a “cheesy” taste to it.

The only two ingredients are organic green mung beans and spring water from a remote part of Northern China. So, I can’t explain why I had this reaction but I did.

MY TAKE

I truly appreciate the innovation of this product and like the fact that there is another gluten-free, organic pasta product on the market. Additionally, I love that the company is using mung beans.

For people who are accustomed to and prefer the taste of a grain pasta (wheat, rice, quinoa, etc..), this would not be for them.

However, for those individuals who are looking for something different out of a pasta, want to incorporate more beans in their diets and want to eat a protein-rich meal in less than 10 minutes cooking time, this product is definitely worth a try.

Explore Asian organic mung bean fettuchini can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

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11 Comments

  1. Just bought this the other day! thought it was a very interesting idea as well…have’t tried it yet but my friend said the texture is quite good. Really impressive that it is actually made of mung beans and not bean flour or starch!

    Written by veggie wedgie on September 30, 2011 @ 9:44 pm
  2. Hi Nina,

    Wow! You just bought it the other day! What a coincidence. Yes, the texture is very different and please leave a comment here giving your feedback of the product. I am sure others will want to hear another perspective as well.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 1, 2011 @ 9:47 am
  3. It was in one of the local health food stores here in Australia and I grabbed one pack of fettuccine and one pack of the black bean noodles because I’m on a diet that excludes any form of processed or concentrated sugar and grain and is low starch. Anyhow I really enjoyed both noodles, they tasted like normal pasta to me, especially with my home made sauce. You’re right, it is filling so although it seems expensive, one pack lasts me a minimum of three servings. My only qualm is that no matter how long I let it sit in the strainer it let off a lot of water once in a bowl. But hey, no IBS and it’s filling and really good, I’m not complaining.

    Written by Emily on August 31, 2012 @ 3:50 am
  4. Hi Emily,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with this product and I am glad you liked it. Also, it’s nice to hear from organic consumers down under!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on August 31, 2012 @ 10:27 am
  5. Very excited to try this since becoming allergic to soy after being gluten-free for over a year. There’s soy in my favorite GF pasta, so I’m hoping this will be a great (and healthier!) alternative!

    Written by Danielle on January 29, 2013 @ 12:51 am
  6. Hi Danielle,

    Let me know what you think of this product after you try it. It has a very, very different texture, so be prepared!!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 29, 2013 @ 12:01 pm
  7. I tried this pasta before even reading about it due to it being Organic and healthy. We loved it!!! I made it with whole foods 365 meatless meat balls and organic pasta sauce, mushrooms and zucchini and my family ate it and was bragging about it. We used the organic black bean spaghetti and then used the green mung bean fettuchini and both were great. Texture was just like regular pasta. It does last a long time we usually get 4 meals out of 1 package cause you fill up so fast. Great product!!!! Keep those new finds coming cause that is usually the way we hear about them. :)

    Written by Debra on October 9, 2013 @ 3:15 pm
  8. On my second day into a gluten free diet I was pretty excited about this pasta when the local whole foods store highly recommended them. From the look on my partners face however I could tell he wasn’t quite so keen. But, he was willing to give them a try. They are low in calories and perfect for the 5:2 diet fast day. With a very simple addition of fresh rocket, thyme and garlic laced olive oil, cracked black pepper and a light sprinkle of parmesan, we both thought they were absolutely delicious! Currently I’m cooking some up to take to work tomorrow for lunch.

    Written by janine on December 5, 2013 @ 6:27 am
  9. Thanks for sharing, Janine!!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on December 11, 2013 @ 1:08 pm
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