Disclosure: I received samples to review. All opinions stated and the recipe included are solely my own.
|Easy Stir Fry Noodles Using Pasta Zero
Photo: Maria Adcock
These noodles are gluten free, all natural, fat free, vegan, and are made with non-GMO ingredients. They boast only 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs per serving – this saves users about 200 calories versus regular pasta.
Instead of being made out of wheat, Pasta Zero is a Shirataki noodle which is a traditional Japanese noodle made from the Konjac plant root. This unique Konjac flour eliminates the “earthy” odor of traditional Shirataki, while providing a more tender texture similar to wheat pasta.
The Shirataki noodles themselves have little flavor, however they’re great at absorbing the flavors they’re cooked with. Upon opening the package there may be a slight fishy smell due to the Konjac plant root, but it’s completely safe and is a natural smell which goes away when the noodles are rinsed and cooked.
The Shirataki noodles can be used just like regular pasta. Pour on tomato pasta sauce or Alfredo sauce and they’ll taste almost like standard pasta dishes.
I had the opportunity to try Pasta Zero and decided to create my own recipe. Pasta Zero noodles are like a blank canvas…you can build upon them with flavors. For my recipe below, use Pasta Zero as a “base” for any stir fry noodle dish and then add any vegetable or protein. I made a spinach and carrot stir fry, but you can easily substitute these with whatever veggies you have on hand. For proteins, you can even just use leftovers and throw them in.
Pasta Zero comes in an 8 oz. package or two servings. However for the two of us, we felt two packages would work better considering this would be our main meal rather than a side dish. My recipe below uses one package, but you can easily double the ingredients if using two.
Pasta Zero is located in the refrigerated section in the grocery store, usually by the Nasoya tofu. The noodles are moist enough that you don’t need to oil the pan beforehand, though I used sesame oil at the end just to add flavor. The temperature threshold of most sesame oils are on the lower end so they’re not really meant to be used as a cooking oil, but rather as a flavor enhancer after the dish has been cooked.
I also used garlic powder rather than the real thing in order make the recipe easier, though feel free to substitute a clove or two of garlic instead.
Pasta Zero is available in three varieties: Spaghetti, Fettuccine and Angel Hair.
Easy Stir Fry Noodles Using Pasta Zero
1 package Pasta Zero, any kind
½ cup protein, cut into cubes or slices (chicken, pork, tofu, beef)
½ cup to ¾ cup of your vegetable of choice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 green onion, chopped
1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Prepare Pasta Zero package as directed. Heat pan on medium high heat and add noodles.
- Add protein and mix in with noodles.
- Add vegetables and stir. If vegetables are hardier (carrots, broccoli, etc.), then first steam them in the microwave for a minute or two with a bit of water and then drain before adding to noodles.
- Add garlic powder, salt, and soy sauce.
- Stir until protein is browned and vegetables have softened.
- Add green onions.
- Drizzle with sesame oil and serve warm.