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There’s a real renaissance happening in the world of gluten-free pasta, and we’re here for it. Now you can find noodles made out of everything from beans to legumes, with the added benefit of being enriched with added nutrients like protein and fiber that are typically missing from regular pasta. With more interesting gluten-free options available, now everyone can enjoy Italian night. You can cook it up like regular pasta with your favorite, comforting sauce, or use it in a pasta salad at your next potluck or in an Asian-inspired salad with a nutty peanut dressing.
The History of Explore Cuisine
Before founder Joe Spronz launched Explore Cuisine, he went on a quest to find the best locations to source and manufacture his ingredients. Today, the brand’s rice noodles are made in Thailand, the chickpea and lentil pastas are handcrafted in Italy, and the bean pastas hail from China. Explore Cuisine used to be known as Explore Asian, but since the brand has moved beyond only offering Asian products, it decided to update the name to reflect its new direction.
Explore Cuisine Company Mission
The folks behind Explore Cuisine believe food is powerful, and that it should taste good while also supporting the greater good. This brand uses ingredients from around the world to transform family-favorite foods into healthier options filled with plant-based protein. Explore Cuisine also donates two percent of all proceeds to the Food to Thrive Foundation, an organization providing education and empowerment programs to farmers worldwide.
Benefits of Explore Cuisine
For pasta lovers, Explore Cuisine is definitely high on the list of organic and gluten-free favorites, but there’s more to love about these noodles beyond the fact that they’re safe for those with gluten sensitivities. First, every option is quick-cooking. Overall cooking time depends on the shape you choose, but nothing takes longer than 10 minutes (spaghetti cooks in four to six minutes, while thicker fettuccine takes five to seven minutes). That’s good news for folks who have a short window of time to get dinner on the table midweek. Nutrition is also a big benefit. Just as an example, a two-ounce serving of either the edamame or black bean spaghettis deliver 24g of protein! Explore Cuisine calls it “a better way to pasta,” and we’re inclined to agree. The brand is also Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) USA and Certified Vegan by the Vegan Society.
Top Explore Cuisine Products
From chickpeas to lentils, choose the legume that strikes your fancy.
Organic Green Lentil Lasagne
Beef up the nutrition for your next Italian-inspired meal with sheets of organic green lentil noodles from Explore Cuisine. Each serving delivers 11g of protein and 3g of dietary fiber.
Organic Black Bean Pasta, Spaghetti Shape
Take your pasta to the dark side with these black bean-infused noodles. Each serving delivers 25 grams of protein—just add your favorite marinara sauce!
Organic Chickpea Risoni
This box is practically begging to be turned into family-friendly mac and cheese. You can feel good about every bite, because each serving offers benefits like 25g of protein and 8g of dietary fiber.
Power Up With Pulses: Beans, Legumes, and More
Pulses are a must-have pantry staple, and there are plenty of ways to turn them into satisfying meals.
How to Use Black Beans and Pinto Beans
Black beans and pinto beans are versatile ingredients for all sorts of recipes. Try them in Gluten-Free Migas, One-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup, or a Thrive Market favorite, Black Bean Brownie Bites!
Cooking With Chickpeas
Chickpeas are affordable, delicious, and easy to make. Whether you opt for the canned variety or cook them yourself, this blog post has lots of ways to use them up.
4 Easy Lentil Recipes
This blog post breaks down all the ways you can cook lentils (like the stovetop or a slow cooker) and shares four easy recipes to make ASAP.