Chewy, twirly and warming, pasta is truly a carb lover's paradise. But if you're following a gluten-free diet, the comfort food just might leave you with a strong sense of FOMO.
But have no fear (of missing out) — if you're gluten sensitive or intolerant, there are plenty of gluten-free noodle options to add to your cart. After all, the beauty of a well-prepared carbonara dish should be a right, not a privilege.
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Gluten-Free Noodle Brands
- Le Veneziane Italian Spaghetti ($14.99 for 4, Amazon.com)
- Rummo Pasta Penne Rigate ($9.99 per box, Amazon.com)
- Banza Chickpea Rotini Pasta ($21.99 for 6, Amazon.com)
- Cappello's Lasagna Sheets ($37.19 for 4, ThriveMarket.com)
- Veggiecraft Farms Penne Pasta Made With Cauliflower ($6.99 per box, Amazon.com)
- Le Veneziane Gluten Free Potato Gnocchi ($24.99 for 3, Amazon.com)
- Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti ($7.99 per box, Amazon.com)
Is Pasta Gluten-Free?
Gluten is a protein found in most grains and grain-based foods. Wheat, rye and barley are the three main gluten grains and can trigger serious health problems or complications for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Generally, standard pasta is made with refined wheat and is not gluten-free, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. In restaurants or buffets, those on a gluten-free diet will want to steer clear of noodles, ravioli, spaghetti and gnocchi unless they're verified gluten-free by the waiter, chef or manager.
You can also find plenty of gluten-free pasta brands at the store.
Just look for a Gluten-Free label on the packaging, which signifies the food is regulated by the FDA and contains 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten or less, a generally safe amount for people with celiac.
Or, look for a Certified Gluten-Free seal. This means the food has been certified by the third-party Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). The GFCO tests and verifies the food you're buying has less than 10 ppm of gluten.
Gluten-Free Noodle Brands to Try
1. Le Veneziane Italian Spaghetti
Spaghetti is a non-negotiable as far as Italian dinners go. The only ingredient in Le Veneziane's gluten-free spaghetti is corn flour, which means the spaghetti is safe to eat on a GF diet. These noodles are also low in fat and calories.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $14.99 for 4 packages
2. Rummo Pasta Penne Rigate
Cover it in vodka sauce or an elaborate DIY pesto, as penne is a versatile pasta. Rummo's variety is also gluten-free and made of rice, corn and potato.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $9.99
3. Banza Chickpea Rotini Pasta
In case you haven't heard, chickpea pasta is all the rage. Considering it's high in protein, fiber and healthy fat, it's no surprise this gluten-free pasta alternative is a must-try. Banza also makes angel hair, ziti, linguini and a variety of other pasta shapes.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $21.99 for a pack of 6
4. Cappello's Grain-Free Lasagna Sheets
Lasagna is a great go-to if you're cooking for a dinner party or big family. These Certified Gluten-Free lasagna sheets are made with almond flour, which gives them a heavenly chewy texture.
Buy it: ThriveMarket.com; Price: $37.19 per pack of 4
5. Veggiecraft Farms Penne Pasta Made With Cauliflower
Cauliflower mac and cheese... Sign us up. This cauli elbow macaroni is free of gluten and loaded with protein and fiber, which can give any cheesy recipe a nice dose of nutrients. And, it'll help keep you satiated throughout the day.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $6.99 per box
6. Le Veneziane Gluten-Free Potato Gnocchi
This potato gnocchi is gluten-free and comes in two sealed tubs that will help your pasta stay fresh. This gnocchi doesn't require refrigeration and takes only a few minutes to cook. So, if you're in a pinch, prep some gnocchi, mix with pre-made pesto and enjoy.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $20.99 for a pack of 3
7. Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti
If you're looking for a plant-based protein alternative, you can stop your search here: This edamame spaghetti packs 24 grams of protein per serving — that's basically as much as most animal-based proteins!
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $7.99