20 Gluten Free Pasta Options And Alternatives
Gluten free anything has been all the rage for quite some time now. So whether you’re a gluten free enthusiast, just a newbie or actually have gluten intolerance (coeliacs disease), this list will help anyone seeking a gluten free life transition with sheer ease! From vegetables to beans and other things in between, no longer will one have to rule out pasta completely. So strap on your apron and get ready to try some new guilt free alternatives to traditional pasta today! Enjoy!
Adzuki Bean Noodles
Looking for a vegan and gluten free noodle? Try adzuki bean noodles. They are made of adzuki beans, soybeans and water! They are a nutritional powerhouse that be enjoyed without the guilt!
Edamame And Mung Bean Fettucine
Fettuccine without the gluten fear, anyone? Use edamame and mung bean fettuccine in your next dish. Unlike many gluten-free pastas, edamame and mung bean fettuccine won’t ever overcook and it has the al dente texture you expect from pasta. To top that, it’s ridiculously nutritious and delicious.
Are you a fan of edamame? If so, edamame noodles should work well for you! Indulge in the nutritional value you expect with the great taste of fresh pasta!
Shirataki noodles are a type of Japanese noodle made from the konjac yam. They are thin, translucent, gelatinous, largely composed of water and glucomannan; a water-soluble dietary fiber. They are pretty expensive, but extremely low in carbs and calories.
Perfect for a cold or hot dishes, carrots instantly become noodles with the use of an easy operate spiralizer. Add some color to your next gluten free pasta dish with carrots!
Zucchini noodles are another favorite of spiralizer fans worldwide! Zucchini is very rich in Vitamin A, giving you a power packed nutritional gluten free pasta option!
Black Bean Noodles
With just black beans and water, black bean pasta is a splendid gluten free pasta option. The nutritional value of these noodles are five star — low carb, high fiber and extremely high protein make these noodles a winner.
Cassava or yuca, which it’s also referred to as is a long tuberous starchy root. When combined with water, it makes a wonderful high fiber, gluten free pasta option!
Quinoa is a superfood that is often mixed with lentil, bean, corn, or rice based flour to make noodles. It is a great high fiber and high protein gluten free pasta option!
Corn pasta comes in many shapes and sizes, from spaghetti to elbow and everything in between. It’s very important to read the directions and follow the cooking instructions very carefully as this pasta will get mushy if overcooked. Otherwise, its a great gluten free option for a variety of pasta dishes.
Quite simply, rice noodles are made from two main ingredients: rice flour and water. Additionally, there are variations that may include added tapioca or cornstarch. Rice noodles are very common and are often stocked in restaurants. Just ask for them!
It’s often assumed that kelp noodles taste like seaweed, but in reality they don’t. In fact, kelp noodles taste nothing like seaweed and instead take on the flavor of whatever you are cooking, making them very versatile. However, it’s recommended to cook them when preparing Asian inspired noodle dishes rather than good ole spaghetti and meatballs.
Spaghetti Squash Noodles
There’s a bit of skill and technique required to cook spaghetti squash noodles, based on the texture you like, but aside from that, they are a wonderful gluten free noodle option. The best part is, is that they naturally break into small noodles!
The next time you want lasagna without the gluten guilt, visit your local grocer and pick up some fresh eggplant. Slice the eggplant in the shape traditional lasagna pasta and stack you would normally!
Sweet Potato Noodles
Get out your Mandoline slicer and get ready for sweet potato noodles! Due to the sweetness of sweet potatoes, you can opt for a sweeter dish or something more savory!
With the help of a spiralizer or julienne peeler, cucumbers are a great gluten free noodle option. They’re perfect for big summer salads and holiday parties!
From China, cellophane noodles are quite popular and are also known as Chinese vermicelli, bean threads, bean thread noodles, crystal noodles or glass noodles. They are transparent and made from mung bean starch, the root of a yam, potato starch, cassava or canna starch and water.
Made from tapioca starch, tapioca noodles are great in Asian soups. When dry they are translucent in appearance and turn white when cooked. Tapioca noodles also work well in stir fry dishes!
Korean acorn noodles are one of the lesser known gluten free noodle options. They are made from a combination of acorn flour and buckwheat. Some brands make them with wheat so be sure to look at the ingredients to make sure you’re purchasing the gluten free option. Acorn noodles have a nutty flavor, are chewy and somewhat sweet.
Soba noodles are a form of Japanese noodles made from buckwheat. They are very filling, great for stir fry dishes and have a nutty flavor. Soba noodles are also very versatile, so enjoy them hot or cold.