The popular pasta cut, known worldwide for its angled edges and sauce-retaining surface, is now made entirely from chickpeas.
Barilla, the world's leading pasta producer, announced a new pasta shape is hitting shelves nationwide: Chickpea Penne. Made with just one ingredient – chickpeas – Barilla Chickpea Penne offers a protein-powered option on the classic pasta shape that is free from any fillers or additives and no gums added.
This short, cylinder-shaped cut with angled edges is beloved around the world for its versatility that complements a wide range of flavorful dishes. The new Chickpea Penne contains 19 grams of plant protein per 3.5 oz serving and is certified gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO Project Verified.
The better for you pasta category is compiled of pasta that is derived from whole grains, whole wheat, semolina flour or veggies, as well as choices that are gluten-free and low carb. With consumers searching for alternative proteins and limiting refined foods to ensure their well-being, Legume pasta, made from dried legumes that are milled and sieved into flour, is currently the fastest growing segment in this category today (23% of segment dollars).
“As a leader in pasta, we understand just how much penne is adored around the globe so we're excited to give all pasta aficionados the opportunity to enjoy penne in a variety of ways," said Jean-Pierre Comte, President of Barilla Americas. "We look forward to seeing what recipes our fans create using our delicious Chickpea Penne.”
Barilla's chickpea and red lentil pasta line is currently available in six different cuts: Chickpea Penne, Chickpea Spaghetti, Chickpea Rotini, Red Lentil Penne, Red Lentil Spaghetti and Red Lentil Rotini.