Gluten Free Pasta

Traditional pasta is generally made from wheat flour making it unsuitable for anyone with celiac disease, a gluten intolerance, or those following a gluten-free diet. But that doesn't mean you have to forgo pasta altogether. There are plenty of gluten-free pasta options available, with the range expanding and quality improving as time goes on. The most common gluten-free pastas you'll find are made from rice, quinoa, and various types of legumes. Many of these wheat alternative pastas allow for a boost in nutrition, something traditional pasta doesn't necessarily provide.

Some of the most nutritious gluten-free pastas include:

Brown rice pasta

Gluten-free pasta made with brown rice provides a good dose of dietary fibre, vitamins, essential minerals, and antioxidants. With high levels of the micronutrients magnesium, selenium, and manganese, brown rice pasta is an excellent way to incorporate these fundamental nutrients into your diet. Its particularly high levels of manganese, specifically, make it a potent source of this all-important mineral that's vital for the body to action wound healing, bone development, and nerve function.

Quinoa pasta

This nutrient-rich pseudo cereal is a popular choice for gluten-free pasta lovers. As one of only a handful of plant-based sources of complete proteins, it provides a high level of all nine essential amino acids the body requires. It's also a rich source of fibre and provides a decent hit of vitamins and minerals such as iron, manganese, and magnesium.

Legume pasta

Chickpeas, soybeans, and black beans are all common gluten-free legume pasta varieties. They provide considerably more protein and fibre than traditional pasta varieties along with various vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium.

Teff pasta

If there's such a thing as a 'supergrain' then teff is it. Teff boasts two times the fibre of brown rice, more magnesium than chia seeds, an impressive three times more calcium than quinoa, and a host of other vitamins and minerals. This pasta is also low in carbs, and rich in protein and dietary fibre.

Is gluten-free pasta wheat free?

Anyone following a gluten-free diet should stay away from foods containing grains such as rye, barley, and wheat due to the presence of gluten. Gluten-free pasta should be wheat free since gliadin, a gluten composite, is found in wheat and is not suitable for people with a gluten sensitivity, intolerance, celiac disease, or anyone following a gluten-free diet.

Top sellers of gluten-free pasta

Buontempo Rice Shells

This versatile gluten-free pasta is made from a combination of rice and maize meal, providing a convincing alternative to traditional wheat-based pasta that works well in any Italian pasta dish, soups, and salads.

Slendier Black Bean Organic Spaghetti

High in protein and fibre but low in carbohydrates and calories, Slendier's Black Bean Spaghetti is a tasty and filling gluten-free pasta. With pure, simple ingredients and a 5-star health rating, it's a healthy option that pairs well with most pasta sauces and is ready in just 5 minutes.

Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine by Explore Cuisine

This rich tasting fettuccine is made from a mix of green soybeans and mung beans, providing an incredible 22 grams of protein per serve along with a decent dose of fibre, vitamins, and minerals.

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