I love trying new things. Especially if they involve pasta. And so I was intrigued (and thrilled!) when I got to try some of the products from the Dreamfields range of high-fibre, low-carb pasta.
First of all, it seemed strange to me that a pasta could be low in digestible carbs. And, because it was something healthy and a bit out of the ordinary I was expecting it to have a completely different taste and texture than regular pasta. But I was completely surprised.
The pasta had the taste and texture of just a good quality regular dried pasta - if someone had cooked it for me, I wouldn't have guessed at all that it had any special health-giving properties. Apparently, because of the way the pasta is made, you only digest 5% of the carbohydrates in the pasta - the fibre and protein keep hold of the rest of the carbs, which go through your system and Dreamfields reckon that this aids digestive health.
The pasta also contains twice the fibre of normal pasta and has a much lower GI - meaning you feel fuller for longer.
You also cook it just like 'normal' pasta - boil it in salted water until it's tender - and I dressed mine in a simple tomato sauce, topped with some grated Parmesan. Here's the Dreamfields website, if you want to find out more, and they also have a FAQ page which is really useful. I tried the penne, but there's also spaghetti, angel hair pasta, lasagne and macaroni, among others.