That’s not the only difference between sourdough and other types of pasta, however. Sourdough pasta is made with a sourdough starter, notes Masterclass, although they recommend using sourdough discard to ensure the pasta doesn’t become too puffy. In addition to the starter, you only need flour and eggs to make sourdough pasta, according to The Pantry Mama. Classic pasta doughs, on the other hand, are generally made by combining oil, flour, eggs, and salt (via Bon Appétit). Another big difference, notes The Pantry Mama, is that sourdough pasta can be cooked in as little as two minutes, while other types of pasta can take around 11 minutes.
The bacteria that gives sourdough its digestive benefits also creates a tart flavor and chewy texture in sourdough pasta, according to Masterclass. Although it can be eaten with any pasta sauce, Snacking in Sneakers notes that it pairs particularly well with rich tomato sauces. Not sure where to get started with sourdough pasta? If you’re not looking to make it yourself just yet, Kaslo Sourdough offers a variety of sourdough pasta for purchase, including macaroni, linguini, and even hemp rotini, which contains 76% of your daily iron. With all these options, a sourdough renaissance may just be on the horizon.