Pictured Recipe: Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan
Trust us, gluten-free pasta is a tricky food to shop for—some are far tastier than others. We wolfed down 31 varieties and boiled them down to the 5 delicious winners.
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Hearty texture and a mild lentil taste make this pick ideal to pair with bold flavors like roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes or olives.
The perfect al dente bite and bounce. Our digital food editor, Devon O'Brien, who has celiac disease, dove in for seconds!
The bean-forward flavor packs an impressive 13 grams of protein per serving! (Tasters liked the brand's red lentil and brown rice varieties too.)
Getting enough whole grains on a GF diet can be a challenge. Enter this noodle: 100% whole-grain deliciousness!
This thin-walled penne has a fresh—not overwhelming—chickpea flavor. Plus, 7 grams of fiber per serving.
Gluten-free pastas tend to have less fiber than their whole-wheat counterparts (which come in at around 5 grams per serving). Still, we found plenty with a healthy dose—particularly pastas made with legumes, so do a little -label sleuthing. We recommend gf pastas with at least 3 grams of fiber.
We know: pasta isn't exactly one of those foods you think of as protein-rich. But traditional pastas actually have around 7 grams. If you're looking for a gf pasta with a protein punch, go for bean- or pulse-based varieties—like our mung bean pick, which has nearly double the protein of whole-wheat pasta.
Pasta is easy to overindulge in. And GF pasta has just as many calories as whole-wheat pasta—around 200 calories per serving (about 1 cup cooked). Also note that while the vast majority of brands use 2 oz. servings (the standard for regular pasta), a few used 3 or 31/2 oz., which makes the protein and fiber look higher than they are.
2 oz. serving size (about 1 cup cooked)