Frequently Asked Questions
You know we’re all about mixin’ it up! We offer two variety cases, with six boxes each:
1) Pasta: Rotini (1), Penne (2), Elbows (1) and Shells (2).
2) Mac and Cheese: Elbows and White Cheddar (2), Mac and Deluxe Cheddar (2), Mac and Cheddar (1), Shells and Cheddar (1).
We don’t yet offer a variety case that includes our newest shape, spaghetti - we’re working on it!
If you want to try Banza before committing to ordering a whole case of six, you can find us in a store near you. The reason for the 6-box minimum is due to the cost of shipping.
If you ordered today you’ll get your Banza in around ~3-5 business days. You should receive a tracking number from firstname.lastname@example.org, but as always, feel free to drop us a line if you have any shipping questions!
Rotini on the regular! Our recurring subscription option is a great way to ensure you always have Banza on hand, and get a handy 20% discount to reward your loyalty. You can set the delivery schedule to be every month, every two, three or even four! When you order, you’ll receive a link from email@example.com to change or cancel this subscription whenever you’d like. But as always, feel free to write in—we’re here to help! All of our products can be added to the subscription: pasta (including spaghetti) and mac and cheese!
If you don’t like Banza... we’ll be really bummed. As a small startup, we take this feedback very seriously, so we’d love for you to tell us why. See below for some tips on cook time—we find that’s the most common issue. If you’re really not satisfied though, please shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with feedback. If you send us your unopened boxes, we'll refund you in full.
We don’t ship internationally quite yet, but we’re definitely looking into it. For all of our international supporters, we still love you. Let us know when you’re in the U.S. and we’ll hook it up :)
You bet! We’re certified Kosher in Michigan, and OU. Check the box for the Kosher symbol!
Our pasta is made from over 90% chickpeas. We use a small percentage of three other all-natural ingredients—tapioca flour, pea protein, and xanthan gum, which collectively replace the need for eggs in our recipe. Check out our nutrition label for more info!
Xanthan gum is produced by the fermentation of a sugar (glucose)—much like the way yogurt is made. In our case, it's an all natural non-GMO ingredient that adds volume; it’s in many of your favorite sauces, for instance. Our xanthan gum is derived from corn. There are no corn proteins in xanthan gum, and the ingredient itself is a very small percentage of the product. That said, if you have an allergy to corn, we advise checking with your doctor.
Yes! All of our noodles are gluten-free.
Our rotini, elbows, penne and shells are all produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility, and they are GFCO certified.
While our spaghetti is produced in a facility that also produces wheat products, all noodles undergo strict gluten/wheat tests. We’re in the process of acquiring our GFCO certification for spaghetti.
Our pasta is free of the top 8 allergens, and is produced in a nut-free facility.
Our pasta has double the protein, four times the fiber and nearly half the net carbs of average pasta. Check out our nutrition label for more info! Turns out chickpeas are a powerhouse, and we’re bringin’ back pasta night :)
At this time, our pasta is not organic. We're trying to keep the price as low as possible to make nutritious foods accessible for everyone, and organic chickpeas cost much more. That said, eating organic is important to many people, and we're hoping to launch an organic line in the future!
Banza has a 2-year shelf life, just like most pastas. However, we’re fairly confident it won’t last that long in your pantry before being eaten ;)
We’ll let you be the judge, but most people say it tastes...well, like pasta! When paired with any sauce, Banza is the comfort food you know and love—hard to tell apart from traditional wheat pastas.
Because Banza evokes traditional pasta, we love it in every traditional pasta prep. Mac and cheese is the team fave—we're all about the guilt-free comfort foods! But we’ve had some fun dressing it up in a lemon pesto, butternut sage carbonara, and baked ziti...just to name a few. Check out our recipe blog and bring out your inner chef!
Have no fear! Unlike some other gluten-free pastas, Banza won’t fall apart if overcooked—it should just get softer. Keep an eye on the boil for your texture sweet spot.
As we’ve gotten better at making our product, our cook time has slightly increased. As everyone likes their pasta differently, we recommend trying a noodle around the minimum time stated on the box, and then continuing to cook until your taste buds are happy. Like pasta, Banza can have that al dente bite, or a softer feel if cooked longer. The pastabilities are endless!
A boiling pot of Banza may foam up a bit more than traditional pasta. This same foam occurs when boiling chickpeas themselves (Banza is made from over 90% chickpeas!). Rest assured, this is the result of a naturally occurring plant compound in beans called saponins. A couple tips to decrease the foam: add a splash of oil to the water, or simply scrape some foam off the top!
We’re in stores across the U.S. You can type your zip code into our store locator to find a store near you. Let us know how it goes once you give it a try :)
You can download a Banza coupon that works at most of our stores on a fun & easy app called Ibotta.
MAC AND CHEESE QUESTIONS
Mac and White Cheddar: Add Banza to 6 cups boiling water and cook for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally. Strain, pour ¼ cup milk and 2 tbsp butter into pan, add cheese and mix. Add cooked Banza to mixture, stir and enjoy!
Shells and Cheddar: Add Banza to 6 cups of boiling water and cook for 3 mins, stirring occasionally. Strain, pour ¼ cup milk and 2 tbsp butter into pan, add cheese pouch, mix and enjoy!
Note: the mini-shells require a much shorter cook time (3 min) than the other shapes.
Mac and Cheddar: Add Banza to 6 cups boiling water and cook for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally. Strain, pour ¼ cup milk and 2 tbsp butter into pan, add cheese and mix. Add cooked Banza to mixture, stir and enjoy!
Mac and Creamy Deluxe Cheddar: Add Banza to 6 cups boiling water and cook for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally. Strain and return pasta to warm pan. Pour cheese sauce over cooked Banza, mix well & enjoy!
Note: for the mac and creamy deluxe cheddar, no need to add butter or milk!
You can keep your boxes up to 1 year! But we dare you to resist for that long…
It’s currently available in ShopRite, Fairway, Wegmans, Harris Teeter, H.E.B., and Whole Foods in Southern California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada. To find out if it’s sold close to you, you can type your zip code into our store locator. Our mac is currently available in all varieties on our website eatbanza.com and on Amazon. Keep calm and cheese on!
Unfortunately, while our pasta is kosher, our cheese is not.