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Wow! Wow! Wow! My husband I recently decided to follow a Keto (high fat, moderate protein, low carb) diet. And in that pursuit, we kind of figured that noodles were a thing of our past. There are yam noodles and others that either have really strange tastes, or they disintegrate in water, or they are just too high in carb. Now granted these have 18 grams of net carbs which is a little high too, but if you watch the rest of the carbs for the day, that is within our acceptable range. Also, it claims that there are 5 servings in the bag (dry), but we used these noodles for 6 full meals - The first time just buttered with steak, and the last two we made Miso soup with these noodles, some shitake mushrooms, garlic, spring onions, soy sauce, toasted sesame, white meat chicken, a carrot sliced and some snow pea pods. The noodles were fully cooked three times, and we expected them to fall apart but they didn't. Even just now when we reheated them again, they were still chewy and tasty. So give them a try if you are limiting carbs. They are so tasty!
I bought this excited to be able to eat pasta on my low carb diet. Turns out this is 24 grams of carbs per serving! That's not even close to low carb! That's more carbs from one serving than I am trying to eat all day. Shameful false advertising.
I’ve had all different kinds of low-carb and alternative type pastas and I have to say this pasta is amazing! I cooked it exactly per the directions- three minutes in already boiling hot salted water, checked it, then tested it and cooked 30 seconds longer for a total of 3.5 minutes so the cooking time is crucial. Noodles came out absolutely perfect- al dente, the way I like them, so I would advise cooking it exactly per the instructions on the bag. All I did was take some olive oil, finely chopped onions, very finely chopped garlic, some diced fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and black olives-sautéd them and tossed the noodles in and it was fabulous. Since I’m always on a diet I will be eating these noodles a lot. Highly recommended but don’t overcook them.
Just finished Sunday dinner which is, as always, pasta. We're Italian and my husband & I like our traditional Sunday dinner. I served the Carba Nada Egg Fettucine with my own homemade Bolognese & it was delicious! As my husband said, you can't tell the difference. I'm so excited to have this alternative to carb-heavy regular pasta! I cooked mine 3 1/2 minutes - once you get to the 3 minutes mark, if it's not done test every 10 seconds. I've uploaded 2 photos of my delivery - the pasta bags were packed perfectly & I had no breakage. I'm going to try the other flavors - I wish there options other than fettucine but I guess you can't have everything!
If you were looking for a "keto" solution to your pasta cravings this might seem like the answer to your prayers but it's important that you be forewarned that this product is made with semolina flour and, therefore, isn't strictly keto.
Now if you do "lazy" keto there are some other things to also keep in mind.
Portion size - Do you have a digital kitchen scale? You don't? Each package of pasta can be divided into 4 portions for working out your macros. I know the package says that it contains 5 servings but, unless you're portioning out your pasta with a digital scale before you cook it, you'll probably just divide it in half. Two halves of a half bag (1/4 bag for the mathematically challenged) is what I cook for my son and I. That portion size is just right for one person but the net carbs are high enough that, even if you're doing lazy keto you'll want to avoid any other carbs that day. Some math:
Servings per container: 5 Total carbs per serving: 24 Dietary Fiber: 7
120 Total carbohydrates for the entire package minus 35 Dietary Fiber = 85 Net carbs per bag.
If you're dividing that by 4 (half of half a bag at a time... let's not pretend you were going to divide it in 5 portions...) that's 21.25 Net Carbs per person. That's a LOT of carbs to consume in one go. It's about HALF of what you'd consume in the same amount of store bought pasta, though. My son and I have decided that we'll use this pasta as a "once in a while" treat for when we're really missing pasta but there's no way it could become a regular part of our diet. And, on those days that we decide to have this pasta, we'll avoid any other carbs at all cost.
Wait... you DO have a digital kitchen scale? it's 8.5 Net carbs per ounce (28.3 grams). You make your portion sizes however you like. I don't judge.
Taste - The pasta tastes great. If you've tried those shirataki noodles and hated them (because they're gross and you're a normal person) then you have nothing to fear from this pasta. Because it's pasta. Seriously.
Cooking time - The directions tell you to boil for 3 minutes and it's done but I gotta tell you... while I'm not opposed to my pasta being "al dente" at all... 3 minutes is a joke. Very chewy, tastes like raw flour, very gummy and terrible mouth feel. Kinda like under-cooked pasta. Imagine that. Give it at least 5-6 minutes in the boil if you want the best results (in my experience, anyway).
Here's the bottom line;
It's pasta. It's not pretend pasta. It's not some mystical "fiber from the root of the ancient oriental catnip turnip" concoction that smells like fish. It's lower in carbs than the stuff you'll find at your grocery store but that doesn't mean that it's "low in carbs". Watch your portions and limit yourself responsibly and you'll never consider giving shirataki noodles another try. Maybe for bait if you enjoy fishing. Maybe.
Credentials? I'm a 100% first generation Italian born of immigrants. Macaroni was we call it, is a staple in our diets. Generation's old recipes have been passed down to me and I faithfully have carried on the traditions. Like many, "carbs" can wreak havoc on a variety of dynamics, from weight to glucose etc. I'm in excellent health for an almost 70 year old man. However, I watch my weight and sugar/carb intake. Macaroni (pasta) is a massive culprit. I've tried them all, from whole wheat to lentil to black bean to chick pea and beyond. All of them boring and tasting NOTHING like semolina. I'll pass. I came across this from a social media post, clicked on it, read up on it, looked at the reviews (sorry folks, a 1 star rating because the bag was broken is hardly a review) and came to the conclusion that the majority were favorable with cogent comments. So I bought a box. Tonight I cooked them for the first time, adding them to a "spezzatino d'maiale", essentially a slow, stove cooked pork stew with tomatoes, garlic, onion, bay leaves, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Once the stew was ready, I dumped the cooked noodles into the stew and prepared it "ala grecia", cooked in the gravy/stew. The results were excellent. For the uninitiated, they might never know the difference in taste. For this Italian, slightly different taste, not bad, just different. I cooked them differently than the directions asked, preferring a slower, rolling boil until they were truly al dente. Perfect, about 5-6 minutes total. A bit pricey perhaps when compared to packaged noodles but worthy of the extra cost. I will NEVER go back to any of those substitutes. It's either my homemade macaroni for family gatherings, good quality refrigerated pastas or Carba-Nada. One complaint? The packaging. 12 ounces is not enough for most recipes, 24 ounces is far too much. I'd like to see a 16 ounce, one pound package.
As perhaps the world’s biggest pasta lover, I never thought I’d find a low carb substitute that could fool me. I mean, I’m the one who likes to eat just plain noodles for a meal. The one who can eat an entire box of pasta by myself. I’ve tried spaghetti squash, zoodles, squoodles, you name it, and all left me sad and disappointed in the the end. Then came these. WOW. With sauce, I CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now I can eat what I love without skyrocketing my blood sugar!
I was a bit skeptical at first as to how pleased I would be with this item. I decided that the fairest way to know was to order them and try it. I am very happy to say that I thought it was an excellent replacement for regular high carb pasta & will continue to use them. The taste was unexpectedly nice and the texture was so similar to the "real" thing that no difference was detected. We had a group of 7 friends enjoying Beef Stroganoff with these Fettuccine noodles. During the meal the question was asked "What do you think of the noodles?" Without exception everyone, not in the know, responded that they liked them and were surprised that they weren't the usual expected pasta. To us, that was all we needed to hear.
Individual packages are not sealed tightly and I was concerned it would be too easy for something crawly to be in there ... also the carton they were packaged in was torn and broken. Not a great buy for me.