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Old 11-08-2019, 16:37   #1
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Default Reviews of some "noodle substitutes"

Recently DW and I have had the opportunity to try a couple of low-carb noodle substitutes. I have become pretty good at letting shiratake noodles, spiralized zucchini, bean sprouts, and thinly-sliced cabbage fill in for noodles in various dishes, but sometimes you just want something that really resembles wheat noodles or pasta. With these I'm batting .500.

Recommended: Aldi Simply Nature Soybean spaghetti. OK, it's got a shape more like spaghettini or angel hair and the texture is a bit grainier than regular semolina-wheat spaghetti --more like a whole-wheat spaghetti. But for someone who hasn't had even a mouthful of spaghetti in years, this is good stuff. It holds on to a sauce pretty well (unlike every other substitute I use) and you can eat a side-dish portion and feel satisfied (well, I did). The flavor of soybeans was not noticeable to me.

It appears to be a stock product since it's not in the famous Aldi it-won't-be-here-forever middle aisle. There are three varieties: soybean, black soybean, and edamame. Read the labels; one of them is not that low on carbs (don't remember which soybean variety it was, though). I bought the edamame variety, too, but haven't cooked it yet.

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Recommended with reservations: Dellabondonza Soybean Fettucine. It looks like it tastes, like thin strips of tofu sheets. It, too, has a texture that holds sauce well. And it cooks in four minutes. But the mouthfeel is not at all like the Aldi product or like "real" fettucine. I think this would do fine as a noodle substitute in an Asian soup where it's buried under other ingredients. But as a side dish like a portion of spaghetti, or as fettucine Alfredo, it's not going to fool anyone. I don't remember if I saw this at Aldi or at Hy-Vee (regional supermarket chain in the upper Midwest).

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I'll report back on the Aldi edamame noodles when I make them.

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Old 11-08-2019, 17:40   #2
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I wish we had an Aldi! That was my main grocery store when I lived in Germany in the 70's ... and shopped there when I spent a lot of time on the East Coast 5-10 years ago.

Thanks for adding the photo because Amazon sells it also - glad it's not only an Aldi item so will be trying it!

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