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Noodles & Company continues its R&D journey to deliver healthier pasta options with today’s launch of LEANguini.
The new product has 56% less net carbs, 30% less total carbs and 44% more protein than traditional linguini noodles.
LEANguini was developed over almost two years by the culinary team at Noodles to offer customers pasta that offers the same flavor, texture and qualities as fresh wheat noodles, but with less carbohydrates and calories.
Noodles & Company is actively exploring low-carb pasta alternatives, starting with the nationwide rollout of zucchini noodles in 2018, followed by cauliflower noodles in 2019 and cauliflower gnocchi in early 2021.
“Menu innovation is extremely important to Noodles & Company. When we add new, healthier options to our menu, we only use the freshest ingredients to deliver foods that are not only better for you, but also robust in flavor, ”Nick Graff, Executive Chef and Vice -President of the kitchen of the fast-casual chain. , said in a statement. “Our guests enjoyed the Zoodles noodles and the cauliflower noodles so much, creating a healthy noodle that tastes and has the same texture as a traditional noodle was the next clear challenge.”
Noodles is testing the new three-course linguini. LEANguini Parmesan combines noodles with roasted zucchini, Roma tomatoes and spinach in a lemon parmesan sauce; LEANguini Fresca mixes them with balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, roasted garlic, tomato and red onion; and LEANguini Shrimp Scampi includes shrimp pasta in a light scampi sauce, roasted zucchini and Roma tomatoes topped with Parmesan, parsley and lemon.
Customers can also substitute the low carb noodles in any menu item.
LEANguini is tested in select restaurants in Colorado, Illinois and Ohio.
To encourage testing, Noodles created the January Healthy Options Challenge for Rewards Members. Throughout the month, customers who opt for a LEANguini noodle swap at test sites (or choose Zoodles or Caulifloodles in any unit) will receive double points on their order.
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