Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. And even those following a gluten-free diet can enjoy a big bowl of noodles, considering there are so many gluten-free pasta and sauce varieties out there.
Read on to learn more about what you can expect to find in common pasta sauces and which ones are safe to add to your shopping cart (creamy Alfredo, included).
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Are Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients Gluten-Free?
Some store-bought spaghetti sauces may or may not contain gluten. There are a handful of common ingredients most recipes share. Always double-check the label to guarantee these ingredients are gluten-free.
These are the common ingredients in most pasta sauces:
- Canned tomato puree: Tomato puree is just pureed tomatoes, which are naturally gluten-free.
- Spices: Most recipes include spices, like basil, salt, pepper, parsley, oregano and thyme — all of which are gluten-free.
- Onions: As a fresh vegetable, onions are gluten-free and safe to eat.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic from the grocery store is free of gluten. But if you buy minced garlic in a jar, double-check the packaging to make sure it's not mixed with any other ingredients.
- Beef: Not all spaghetti sauce has meat. Still, plain beef from a grocery store is free of gluten.
Depending on the flavor of the sauce you buy, some companies may add gluten-containing ingredients to their formulas. Or, they may produce their products in a factory that also manufactures gluten-based foods — that puts your pasta sauce at risk of cross-contamination, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Look for a pasta sauce brand that's labeled "Gluten-Free" — that means it contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten and is considered safe for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities, according to the FDA.
For even more security, buy a sauce labeled "Certified Gluten-Free." The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) has especially strict standards, certifying foods that have 10 ppm of gluten or less.
Gluten-Free Spaghetti Sauce Brands
1. Amy's Kitchen
Amy's Kitchen makes a variety of pasta sauces, including Marinara and Tomato Basil, both of which are gluten-free, according to the company website. Their pasta sauces are also vegan and plant-based.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $16.61 per jar
Barilla is a staple when it comes to all things pasta. And those following a gluten-free diet will be happy to learn that all of the brand's sauces are free of gluten ingredients, according to the company website.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $57.60 per 12 jars
3. Due Amici
Due Amici makes a marinara sauce that's gluten-free, keto-friendly, vegan and organic — talk about multi-tasking! The company also makes its products in the U.S. with fresh ingredients.
Buy it: Walmart.com; Price: $7.99 per jar
4. Dave's Gourmet
Dave's Gourmet makes a simple, gluten-free spaghetti sauce out of heirloom tomatoes that's definitely worth adding to your cart. The ingredients are all organic with no artificial flavors or added preservatives, according to Dave's Gourmet.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $9.59 per jar
Prego makes a handful of gluten-free spaghetti sauces, including their Classic Marinara Sauce, Traditional Italian Sauce and Tomato Basil Garlic Italian Sauce. You can check the company website to get an idea of which sauces are safe to add to your shopping cart.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $17.94 for 6 jars
6. Dei Fratelli
Dei Fratelli's Traditional pasta sauce is certified gluten-free, meaning it has less than 10 ppm of gluten, according to the company site. So, you can rest assured this brand is a safe bet.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $49.99 for 8 jars
7. Eden Organic
Eden Foods' Spaghetti Sauce is gluten-free, fat-free and organic, according to the brand website. Plus, it's made with simple, whole ingredients without any unwanted preservatives or artificial coloring.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $78.70 for 12 jars
8. Francesco Rinaldi
Francesco Rinaldi makes a few pasta sauces, including Marinara, Sweet & Tasty Tomato and Tomato & Basil. All of these products are gluten-free, according to Francesco Rinaldi.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $11.33 per jar
9. Organico Bello
Organico Bello's marinara sauce is gluten-free and organic with no sugar or preservatives added, according to the company's Amazon storefront.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $7.88 per jar
Is Alfredo Sauce Gluten-Free?
As with spaghetti sauce, different companies have different Alfredo sauce recipes, which may or may not contain gluten.
For the most part, Alfredo sauce is a mixture of cream, butter, parmesan cheese, egg and spices. But you still want to double-check the can of any sauce you buy, considering recipes can vary.
Gluten-Free Alfredo Sauce Brands
- Boticelli Alfredo Sauce ($19.90 for 2 jars, Amazon.com)
- Knorr Professional Alfredo Sauce Mix ($46.74 for 4 lbs., Amazon.com)
- Vegan Valley Cashew Cheeze Alfredo Sauce ($12.97 per jar, Amazon.com)
- Newman's Own Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce ($20.39 for 3 jars, Amazon.com)