Published on October 13th, 2010 | by Rachel Fox, RD


Whole Wheat Einkorn Pasta Review

This is a review of Jovial’s first ever einkorn pasta.  I eat pasta at least twice a week. It is one of my staple foods because it can easily be transformed into a variety of dishes based on the sauce and vegetables used.  I was delighted when Jovial offered a sample of their new first ever einkorn pasta.

What is Einkorn Pasta?

Einkorn wheat is the oldest form of wheat grown by man. It has been around this earth for over 12,000 years!  The reason it has not been used often in modern times is the yield is low (that’s a no-no for commercial farming) and it is tough to bake with.  It can still be found wild today in parts of Turkey. Einkorn has not been modified or hybridized ever; it still contains only two chromosomes.

How does it Compare to Other Whole Wheat Pastas?

Einkorn pasta has many nutritional benefits. It is higher in fiber and protein than other whole wheat pastas. Einkorn also has a higher concentration of important vitamins and minerals (thiamin, phosphorus and magnesium.) This einkorn pasta is made with 100% organic whole grain wheat.

How does it Taste?

Einkorn pasta has a darker color than other pastas. With the darker color comes a richer flavor.  I ate this pasta two different ways (so far.) First I tried it with a mix of vegetables and olive oil, then tried it plain with pesto.  With both meals, I was able to taste the richness of the pasta, not just the toppings. I can imagine even with a thick flavorful sauce, the flavors of this pasta will still stand out.  Since I love the taste of whole wheat, this is a plus for me.

If you love pasta, especially whole wheat pasta, this should definitely be on your shopping list. It is worth trying and experimenting with.

Einkorn information from: Jovial

Image Credit: Creative Commons user mellowfood

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About the Author

Rachel is a Registered Dietitian and food and nutrition enthusiast from southeast Michigan. She has her Bachelor's in Dietetics from Central Michigan University and completed her dietetic internship at Michigan State University. Rachel aspires to get a Master's of Public Health in the near future. Her passions include cooking, baking, and even grocery shopping. She supports local food, slow food, and good food! Rachel's spare time is devoted to attending local concerts and festivals, reading and playing tennis.

3 Responses to Whole Wheat Einkorn Pasta Review

  1. Einkorn really is the oldest form of cultivated wheat. Thank you for your post! Your readers may be interested in learning about the nutritional comparison of einkorn to other whole grains.

    Your description of it’s flavor did not mention “nutty”. Would you describe it as almost a nutty flavor?

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