When people think of protein foods, semolina (white) pasta isn't always top of mind. But a standard serving of classic semolina pasta contains 7 grams of protein. Pasta is a unique refined grain because its protein structure is digested more slowly, providing steady energy to the body instead of a spike in blood sugar. And since it is naturally contains essential nutrients, it is enriched with iron and B vitamins, and it doesn't have added sugar, fat or sodium like "indulgent" refined grains such as cookies, pies, and cakes. Pasta can be a protein-containing grain that can fit in an overall healthy diet!