Few things are as satisfying as diving fork-first into a bowl of saucy, al dente pasta. But what if it could be even more satisfying? Enter high protein pasta.
Remember, protein is an essential macronutrient that your body requires for myriad uses, like building and repairing muscle and producing hormones and enzymes to keep you functioning. Sure, it’s readily found in meat, seafood, tofu, dairy, eggs and even fruits and vegetables…but thanks to a host of new alternative pasta brands, you can also get your daily protein allowance from a heaping plate of penne (or rotini—whatever floats your boat).
According to the National Academy of Medicine, adults should aim for a daily minimum of 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or about 7 grams for every 20 pounds. A 3.5-ounce serving of traditional wheat pasta will generally provide seven grams of protein, but pastas made from chickpeas, lentils, peas and even edamame offer a bit more. Here, ten high-protein pasta brands to try for dinner.