Quest Pasta

ImageToday I finally had the opportunity to try Quest Pasta. After receiving a well-stocked package with different Quest products (shout out to Quest Nutrition for the fantastic package!!!) early this week, I had been dying to get in the kitchen and create something delicious.

Although Quest Pasta only takes two simple steps to make (drain and then microwave for one minute), I wanted to wait until I was home with a well equipped kitchen. My kitchen-less college dorm room wasn’t the place to experiment with an uncharted territory. My smoothie making is about as far as I get in my room at school, pasta seemed a bit ambitious.

So here’s a picture of what I created after searching my fridge for potential ingredients and throwing what I had together. It’s Quest Pasta, broccoli, mushroom, onion, alfredo pasta sauce, and a dash of garlic powder! 🙂

ImageSince I had the opportunity to mess around in the kitchen, I figured I’d let you in on a couple things that I wish I had known before getting started.

The first thing you need to know about Quest Pasta is that it has a very potent smell. The pasta is packed in alkaline water, and therefore smells very… oceany when you open the package. Don’t be alarmed! I was at first, but after rinsing the pasta and cooking it the smell went away. I was still anxious when first trying the pasta, as you can see in my fabulous photo reel, but the the smell of ocean and expected flavor of salt wasn’t anywhere near my scrumptious lunch.

Secondly, noodles are super long. I attempted to just eat the pasta after adding my own ingredients and it didn’t work. You gotta cut those suckers. Luckily the only person who witnessed my failed attempts of eating foot long noodles was my sister (I had to have someone there to document my reactions).

Other than those two unique elements, Quest Pasta really just tastes like pasta. It’s a little more chewy, but it takes on the flavor of whatever you mix it with. Sooooo… my pasta tasted like broccoli, mushroom, onion, alfredo pasta sauce, and a dash of garlic powder. Delicious!

And that’s what I think makes Quest Pasta so awesome. You are eating something that tastes like pasta, but you aren’t eating a meal full of carbs. Quest Pasta is made from Konjac root, consists of 100% soluble fiber, and is gluten free. Today I tried spinach fettuccine, but the pasta comes in two flavors, spinach fettuccine and spaghetti.

This is the third Quest product I’ve tried so far (I’ve tried the white chocolate raspberry protein bar, peanut butter high protein cups, and the pasta… the protein bar was heaven in a bar… but actually) , and I have to say I’m impressed. Quest Nutrition makes low carb products that taste fantastic, especially in comparison to some other pre-packaged health foods on the market. Take a second to check out their website, http://www.questproteinbar.com.

It’s important to mention that Quest Pasta is a great alternative to pasta. I enjoyed my dish and will definitely take advantage of the opportunity to eat a typically carb-packed meal carb-free, but I’m still going to dig in on spaghetti next time my mom makes a big ole’ pot.

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