When going gluten-free, one of the first things you’ll probably be on the hunt for is a good gluten-free pasta to replace the pastas you’re used to eating. When it comes to pasta, this is one area that you won’t mind being gluten-free – there are so many great options available on the market these days.
In this blog post, I’m going to share some gluten-free pasta options so you have a short list and can do some experimenting of your own in the kitchen. Since I know everyone has different tastes and opinions, I think it’s best to try a few then determine which one you love the best.
Since spaghetti is widely available and we all probably have a great spaghetti recipe up our sleeves, I’ll be sharing the top 5 gluten-free pastas I’ve found make the cut for a good replacement for normal spaghetti noodles. And at the end of the post, I’ll share one of my favorite go-to weeknight meals using our favorite gluten-free pasta.
Let’s get to it, yeah?
Top 5 Gluten-free Spaghetti Pasta Brands for your Gluten-free Dairy-free Diet
This spaghetti is the one that we use the most in our household. It is made from corn and rice and has no GMO ingredients. We’ve found that it tastes the most like “normal” pasta to our taste buds.
This spaghetti is made with only two ingredients: brown rice and water. There aren’t any additives or extra starches. With lots of gluten-free products on the market, this one holds really well when cooked and tastes very close to regular pasta.
This spaghetti is awesome, because while some gluten-free noodles turn mushy after cooking, this one doesn’t at all. Compared to regular spaghetti, these are a little on the rubbery side, but still a tasty and worthwhile alternative to normal pasta.
This spaghetti makes the list, because with the added quinoa, you get a tiny bit of a protein boost from these noodles. Don’t let the color fool you – even though the noodles are yellow, they’re still a delicious gluten-free alternative to the normal pasta you’re used to.
This spaghetti is made from corn so it’s a little on the yellow side compared to regular spaghetti noodles. This type of pasta I’ve found is a little sticky if you don’t add a little bit of oil to the cooking water, but with that little trick, you’ll have no issues at all.
Now with all these options, if you’re looking for a new twist on your regular spaghetti and meat sauce, I wanted to share a go-to meal in our house. My meat & veggie spaghetti is a hit for both my husband and I – and my three-year-old even loves it. I love “sneaking” veggies into a dish in this way, otherwise we’d be eating only meat and carbs every night if it were up to the two boys in my house.
Meat & Veggie Spaghetti (Gluten-free Dairy-free)
- 1 box gluten-free spaghetti (I used Barilla)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 zucchini, shredded
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 jar pasta sauce of your choice (I used this brand)
- Prepare gluten-free spaghetti according to package directions.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef halfway, then add the chopped onion, red pepper, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and cook until meat is fully browned.
- Add garlic, carrot, and zucchini, and cook about 3 more minutes – enough to soften the veggies.
- Add the pasta sauce and stir to combine everything. Let the sauce warm through and simmer about 5 more minutes.
- Serve meat and veggie sauce over spaghetti.
For a dairy-free parmesan cheese substitute, try sprinkling nutritional yeast or grate roasted almonds on top.
With all the gluten-free spaghetti pasta options out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Hopefully with this list, you’ll be able to not only try out a few different brands, but you can taste-test your way through them all and find your family’s favorite.
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