If I go comfort food, I do it healthified like this Chickpea Pasta with a Hemp Seed Marinara! To me, the hemp seeds remind me of Parmesan cheese. And the chickpea spaghetti from Banza when slightly overcooked reminds me of Chef Boyardee! I obviously haven’t had either of those things in years, but I love that I can recreate a favorite dish that I used to love in a healthy way that my body will thank me for.
And it’s the best comfort food because there is are many added nutritional benefits to this dish, and it’s super easy to make!
First, there is the protein from the pasta. Most kinds of pasta do not have added protein. Since this pasta brand is made from chickpeas and pea protein, you’ll get a very filling pasta without feeling that throw-up full feeling.
Secondly, the hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant-based protein and iron which is so good for your body, your skin, your hair, and nails. There is over Over 12 grams of protein per serving because the pasta is made from chickpeas and pea protein and over 7 grams of fiber per serving!
Last but not least the basil. You don’t have to use it sparingly. I adore basil, the more the better! Basil does more than flavor the food. Basil carries immunity fighting benefits and loaded with Vitamin K which helps with blood clots, headaches and shortening the duration of your period. BOOM!
Isn’t functional food cool?
So way back when, Banza was on the show that helps small businesses thrive called, Shark Tank. A year or two later we saw this brand at the GFAF Expo and from there I was sold! It was the first time in over two years that I could tolerate pasta and marinara sauce without the left side of my face going numb. And I had no reaction to this one. None at all. For me, it felt like heaven. It felt like I was home again. After suffering from over 30+ food sensitivities on top of Celiac Disease the idea of having these types of foods seemed impossible. So you can imagine how happy I was with Banza.
Banza is also produced and manufactured on equipment that is free of all the common allergens, including other common allergens such as sesame, mustard seed, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, gluten, soybean, fish, milk, eggs, celery, food color, and others. So I know for sure that this is a safe product. This pasta is also certified gluten-free by the GFCO or GFCP.
And now they have even more shapes and sizes like wheels and loads of spirals. I’m straight up spirals, rigatoni or spaghetti – pretty old school in the shapes and sizes of pasta. But pretty innovative when it comes to sauces and toppings.
How about you?
I also obviously love that they are certified gluten-free and that they have a plain noodle that I can cook anyway I want for my needs. That’s pretty bomdigity in my gluten-free book!
Without any need to think, I can tell you this is my favorite brand and it has been for years!
I wholeheartedly recommend this pasta!
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This one’s super easy!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1/2 box of Banza Spaghetti
1 cup of Rao’s Marinara Sauce (you can even get the one with basil in it, and that’s double basil!)
20 medium to large sized basil leaves (you can always use less basil if desired)
1/4 cup of shelled hemp seeds
Pinch of pink salt
Cook the pasta according to the box, strain and set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the marinara sauce.
Add a pinch of sal
Add 10 basil leaves and stir, reduce to low heat.
Remove from heat once hot, and pour the sauce onto the pasta.
Last but not least add the hemp seeds, a pinch of pink salt and the remaining raw basil.
Serves 1 main dish, or 2 small side dishes.
- If you don’t have pink salt, use sea salt
- If you don’t want to use so much basil, use less basil
- If you use a different pasta shape, it won’t taste like Chef Boyardee
- 1 box of Banza Spaghetti
- 1 cup of Rao's Marinara Sauce (you can even get the one with basil in it, and that's double basil!)
- 20 medium to large sized basil leaves (you can use less if desired)
- ¼ cup of shelled hemp seeds
- pinch of pink salt
- Cook the pasta according to the box, strain and set aside
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the marinara sauce.
- Add 10 basil leaves and stir, reduce to low heat.
- Remove from heat once hot, and pour the sauce onto the pasta.
- Last but not least add ad the hemp seeds and the remaining raw basil.