With its mild taste and malleable texture, cauliflower has been made into imitations of staple carbs like rice and gnocchi. Now, you can buy fresh-from-frozen-cauliflower pasta.
Caulipower, the brand behind the cult-favorite cauliflower pizza crust that helped propel the shape-shifting veggie to trendy ingredient status in 2017, has launched two new products: linguine and pappardelle pasta made primarily with cauliflower, sold frozen.
While there are already dried pastas made with cauliflower flour on the market, what’s novel here is that Caulipower lists the versatile veggie as the first ingredient and sells its pasta frozen—the idea being that it will better resemble the quality of fresh pasta sold in the refrigerated or freezer section. The other ingredients include corn flour, potato starch, rice flour, and lentil flour.
Caulipower’s pasta has a few things going for it nutrition-wise. It’s gluten-free, which makes it suitable for people with celiac disease or a wheat allergy. (For those curious, it’s also vegan.) True to its name, Caulipower pasta provides ⅓ cup of vegetables per 1 ½ cup serving, plus five grams of fiber. (Pasta made from durum wheat semolina typically has two to three grams of fiber per serving). And hurried weeknight chefs will be pleased to hear it has an unusually speedy cook time of three minutes.
With a suggested retail price of $5.99, according to a press release from the brand, Caulipower pasta is pricier than regular pasta (usually available for $2 or less), but right in line with many specialty alternative types of pasta made from ingredients such as legumes and quinoa. Right now, Caulipower’s Cauliflower Pasta is available nationwide on Amazon in a six-pack for $44.95 ($7.49 each). You can also find it in the frozen section at grocery stores including Fresh Thyme and Jewel (in the Midwest).
Caulipower will expand the pasta’s availability throughout the year. Beginning in early April, consumers will be able to order it via FreshDirect, and in May the pasta will come to HyVee (in the Midwest) and Gelson’s (in Southern California). Walmart will start carrying Caulipower pasta in fall 2021, and thousands of other retailers will have it available by the end of the year.