It’s been a while since I’ve done a review of grindz from Costco, a.k.a. “Cosco’s” (in Pidgin English, names of places are often in possessive/plural lol). Well let’s start the new year off on a healthy note, as today we have Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Spaghetti. This was actually purchased a few months ago at the Hawaii Kai Costco location at $8.99 for a 2.2 lb. box. Needless to say, Costco Hawaii locations no longer carry this product, as you know how they are with specialty grocery products such as this, being these are often special buys available one time only, while supplies last.
Anyway, Organic Edamame Spaghetti sure sounded GREAT on paper (on the box label in the store) — at least to me — yet how does it taste?
First let’s check out the ingredients: Organic Soybeans. That’s it! No flour, eggs or preservatives. As whole foods as it gets!
Next let’s check out the nutritional information, where if you compare the numbers with “standard” white flour spaghetti, there’s some notable differences where it counts most, starting with the most important, at least to me: dietary fiber, with 2.5 grams for white flour pasta vs. 12 grams for the Edamame pasta. It also has three times as much protein at 24 grams vs. 8 grams for the white flour spaghetti. With that, the Edamame Spaghetti has half as much total carbs. I’m just a bit surprised the “spaghetti-fied” Edamame pasta didn’t retain any of the polyunsaturated fat (the good fat) that whole edamame soybeans have.
|Spaghetti (white flour)
|Serving Size: 1 cup of cooked (2 oz. dry)|
|Amount Per Serving|
Calories from Fat 12
|% Daily Values*|
|Total Fat 1.29g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0.245g||1%|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0.444g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.182g|
|Total Carbohydrate 42.95g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 2.5g||10%|
This all clearly translates to a much more healthy and nutritious alternative to the typical enriched refined (white) flour pasta. In fact, I know a personal trainer who highly recommends this Edamame Spaghetti if you’re goal is to get and stay lean, as it’s what he mostly chooses to eat himself.. and this dude is RIPPED.
The cooking instructions for this Edamame Pasta is slightly different, where instead of cooking it continuously in boiling water, you turn the heat off once you add the pasta in the pot, cover, then let it stand for 3 to 4 minutes. Surely it would quickly pass the point of al dente to soggy if you kept boiling it.
Speaking of cooking, here’s how it looks uncooked, where notice how thin they are, almost like angel hair pasta.
As the package instructs, within 4 minutes in boiling-hot standing water, they swelled up to look more like spaghetti. Or does it? Actually it looks more like Japanese Green Tea Soba. Hey, there’s an idea: Green Tea Spaghetti! Of course, a quick “Google-Fu” double-chop pulls up a recipe for homemade Green Tea Pasta right here!
Drained in the colander, they’re very loose and separated, not having much stickiness to each other like white flour pasta sometimes does, thus I didn’t need to toss it lightly with EVOO to keep the noodles from sticking together.
So how do these Organic Edamame Spaghetti noodles taste cooked, plain, without any sauce or seasonings on it? There’s definitely a soy bean flavor to it that’s very forward, not subtle, in a sort of mushed up way. However if this were served to you without being told what kind of pasta it is, I don’t think you’d know. All you’d think is, “this tastes kinda’ like some kind of beans, but I’m not sure what?”
It’s also slightly “earthy” because of that reference to beans in its flavor profile. Interestingly again, the only ingredient in it is Organic Soybeans, with no flour, binders or other additives, and with that, it definitely doesn’t have as much of that rubbery texture as regular white flour pasta. That said, while it does have adequate “chew”, it’s a bit “meal-like” in flavor and texture, akin to whole wheat pasta, if you’ve ever tried that.
All that said, do I like its taste plain, without any sauce on it? Ehhhh, no. This pasta NEEDS seasoning and sauce to bring out its full potential.
So my favorite way of making a healthy pasta dish is as simple as it gets: saute the veggies, then toss in the cooked pasta, generously coat everything with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, splash of Chablis, add garlic and herbs seasonings (organic bottled dry blend), salt & pep, finished off with a generous sprinkling of fresh Dill Weed. I LOVE Dill Weed on my pasta!
Oh yeah, NOW we’re talkin’! My vegan-friendly Long Beans and Carrot EVOO Organic Edamame Spaghetti dish definitely works for me! The otherwise “earthy” pasta tastes 100% better with the olive oil and sesonings on it. That note of soy bean in the pasta itself goes really well with the more intense flavor of long beans and sweetness from the carrots. Best of all I feel healthy and lighter just eating it… no need work out! lol With the remaining pasta I have, I’ll try one of the recipes on the box next time.
What? Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Pasta
Where did you get it and how much? Costco Hawaii Kai, $8.99/2 lb. box
Big Shaka to: Sounds AWESOME on paper. Totally works once you season and/or sauce it up. Very healthy, being organic, low in saturated fat, and high in dietary fiber, protein, potassium and iron. Costco Hawaii Kai.
No shaka to: Tastes strange eaten plain without sauce or seasonings. Compared to refined white flour pasta, the texture isn’t as “rubbery” and hearty as I personally prefer, likely due to the high fiber content. Relatively high price for dry pasta (yet understood, being what it is).
Tasty Island rating
3 Ume Musubi (very good!)