Before I took my first bite of edamame pasta, I was skeptical, I'll admit. How could ground-up soybean pods merely formed into the shape of a noodle even try to compete with pappardelle, rigatoni, or my all-time favorite, penne? I was offended that food corporations even had the audacity to even try imitating the inimitable.
But by the end of bowl one (of multiple), I was a convert—not only did the edamame noodles actually taste remarkably similar (both in taste and texture) to the real deal, but I wasn't nurturing a newly conceived food baby by the end of the meal. Knowing that one serving has around 200 calories, 25 grams of protein, and 11 grams of fiber, I also felt free to really load on the extras; copious amounts of butter, bread, and Parmesan cheese were all on the menu.
It was then that I realized I'd stumbled upon something truly irreplaceable: a healthy, tasty, and satisfying comfort food alternative that doesn't knock you unconscious for three-plus hours after eating it. While I gladly welcomed the overwhelming satiety that comes from comfort food on occasion, the frequency with which I want to indulge in these meals during the fall and winter months would render me nearly immobile for the entire season; I needed an alternative.
Fortunately, my newfound love (I tried Explore Cuisine's version) also had the seal of approval from Amazon reviewers, a notoriously critical bunch. "Edamame pasta is a fantastic find!" writes one customer. "For fake pasta, this stuff is top notch," adds another. "This pasta [is] definitely a serviceable substitute for traditional pasta. You are hard pressed to really notice a difference in taste."
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