Banza pasta is our newest obsession. We had heard a lot about this ‘healthier’ pasta and we were shocked at how absurdly delicious it was. It’s very filling and very nutritious. Chickpeas are also a secret superfood - they're naturally gluten free, low on the glycemic index, these are certified non-GMO. Each service has 25 grams of protein (double your average pasta) and 1.3 grams of fiber. It also has roughly 40% less carbs per serving than your average noodle because it’s made with chickpeas. Oh and it’s SO DANG GOOD. Everyone who tried it immediately asked ‘WHERE CAN WE GET THIS I AM NEVER HAVING NORMAL PASTA AGAIN’. Not to mention, this recipe is a delicious twist on a classic marinara sauce pasta. You can read more about Banza and where to find it below. We also made 2 other delicious recipes with Banza that you could try!
Chickpea Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Ricotta
Prep: 10-15 min; Cook: 30 mins; Total time: 45 mins
Makes: 8 servings (freeze what’s remaining of sauce!)
2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup white wine
In a food processor place Italian tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped parsley, minced garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
In a large skillet over medium heat sauté the finely chopped onion in olive oil for 2 minutes. Add the blended tomato sauce and white wine.
Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the sauce remains on low heat (the flavors will only intensify), boil a large pot of water and cook Banza pasta for 7-8 minutes.
Drain pasta and cover with sauce. Add in a few large scoops of ricotta and mix together (this adds such a fantastic thickness and flavor).
Serve in a large casserole dish with scoops of ricotta (do not mix these in) and top with a garnish like basil!
More about Banza:
Yes Canadian friends you can get it! You can order a variety pack (6 boxes) on Amazon for 47 CAD.
They are revolutionizing how much pasta we can eat! Even Kristen Bell loves them and we love her!
Check out their adorable Instagram for recipe inspo or search #EatBanza
Learn more about the nutritional profile of Banza on their website.