Pasta is affordable, delicious, and quick — so is it the perfect food? Not quite: Eat too much of the refined carbs and watch your waistline grow. However, Brian and Scott Rudolph, brothers born and raised in Pleasantville, may have perfected penne and refined rotini with Banza Pasta. “I started experimenting with making my own pasta,” says Brian, “and came up with noodles made from chickpeas instead of wheat. With double the protein, four times the fiber, and nearly half the net carbs, it’s pasta you can eat every day and feel good about.”
Banza Pasta has come a long way from two brothers experimenting in the kitchen. Time magazine picked it as one of the best inventions of 2015, and the company now has 13 employees; its products are sold in 4,500 stores nationwide. “The hometown love and support has been amazing,” says Brian, noting that you can find Banza Pasta locally in Westchester at various Target, Shop Rite, Whole Foods, and DeCicco & Sons locations. Picky eaters and comfort-food enthusiasts will enjoy Banza’s packaged macaroni and cheese. Foodies can take inspiration from the company’s blog, which suggests pairing chickpea rotini, shells, and spaghetti with everything from roasted Brussels sprouts to lentil-chia meatballs.