Here's how to shop for noodles that are tasty and gluten-free.

Julia Westbrook

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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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Barilla Red Lentil Penne

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.

Garofalo Corn, Rice and Quinoa Penne Rigate

The perfect al dente bite and bounce. Our digital food editor, Devon O'Brien, who has celiac disease, dove in for seconds!

Explore Organic Mung Bean Rotini

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.)

Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Penne Pasta

Getting enough whole grains on a GF diet can be a challenge. Enter this noodle: 100% whole-grain deliciousness!

Tolerant Organic Chickpea Pasta

This thin-walled penne has a fresh-not overwhelming-chickpea flavor. Plus, 7 grams of fiber per serving.

More: Starting a Gluten-Free Diet: A Guide for Beginners

How to Shop for Gluten-Free Pasta

Find Fiber

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.

Appreciate Protein

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.

Watch Portion Sizes

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.

Numbers to Look For

2 oz. serving size (about 1 cup cooked)

Fiber: ≥3g

Protein: ≥4g

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