Macrobalanced 5 Ingredient Pasta Bowl

I may be Italian but I actually quit eating pasta daily when I also ended my committed relationship with flare jeans. Yes, that long ago. Now thanks to companies using different flours to make their pasta, I have reintroduced it back. Many of these new flours take the ordinary pasta and give it a nutrition makeover by adding more vitamins, protein, and fiber. Making it truly more macrobalanced. For the recipe today, I used Banza chickpea pasta for their #BanzaPlus5 challenge to celebrate National Pasta Month. 


The great aspect of using a chickpea flour versus a whole wheat flour is the chickpea flour adds a big dose of protein and a whole lot of fiber. Both tend to lack in many of my client's diets due to various reasons. I tend to counsel many vegetarians who do not think about protein on their plate and I also counsel meat eaters who forget about a crucial nutrient in their diet and opt for low fiber carbs such as rice, bread, and crackers. 

I love this recipe so much because it was easy and can either be enjoyed hot or put in the fridge to have as a cold pasta salad. 

recipe (serves 4) 


-1 8 oz. box of  Banza pasta wheels

-1/2 cup ricotta salata (I used Buf Creamery grass-fed ricotta) 

-2-4 cups spinach 

-1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 

-4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 

-2 Tbsp. avocado oil 


- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Season the water with salt liberally. 

- Drop 8 oz. of pasta into the boiling water. Stir occasionally. Make sure to only cook for 6-7 minutes. Then immediately drain the water. Set aside. 

-Grab four bowls to build your pasta bowl. Add to each bowl: 1 cup raw spinach, 1 serving pasta, 1/4 cup cut cherry tomatoes, 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1/2 Tbsp. avocado oil and 1 oz. of ricotta. 

-Eat room temp or place in the refrigerator for pasta bowls for lunch. 

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 315 calories, 39 grams carb (15 grams fiber), 17 grams fat, and 21 grams protein.


Here are some more examples of pasta made balanced. 

Hope this inspires you to have pasta night and bring back the carbs to your Italian dinners. Fiber-rich carbs that is!