Thankfully, living gluten-free does not mean living pasta-free. But not all gluten-free pastas are created equal. The art of making gluten-free pasta is different from traditional pasta, and until fairly recently, gluten-free pasta had a reputation for falling apart or becoming mushy after cooking. But a variety of gluten-free pasta entrepreneurs have cracked the code secrets to making pastas that can please the most finicky pasta lover with mild, nutty flavors and great texture.
There are a variety of gluten-free pastas that use different flours in their formulations. Each has a unique taste, texture, cooking time, and performance quality. You’ll be able to replicate many of your traditional pasta recipes using these varieties, many of which are made in the Italian tradition. Keep in mind that while some companies are specialty gluten-free companies by design, others have a gluten-free pasta product in their line but are not a 100 percent gluten-free facility. You’ll want to make sure you are buying from a gluten-free company, or a company whom you’ve called to verify their manufacturing procedures and to confirm that their standards are suitable for your needs.
Ancient Harvest Quinoa Corporation
Shapes: Elbow, linguine, pagodas, rotelle, shells, and spaghetti
Flours used: Quinoa flour and corn flour
Annie Chun’s, Inc.
Shape: Rice noodles
Flour Used: Rice flour
Shapes: Elbow, fusilli, penne, and spaghetti
Flours used: Rice flour, potato flour, and soy flour
Eden Foods, Inc.
Shape: Soba noodles (Japanese)
Flour used: Buckwheat flour (Wheat-Free)
Shapes: Elbow, lasagna, rotini, spaghetti, and ziti
Flours used: Whole navy bean flour and yellow corn flour
Shapes: Corkscrew, lasagna, macaroni, penne, spaghetti, spirals, and tortelli, plus herb and animals
Flours used: Rice flour, corn flour, and millet flour
Papadini (Adrienne’s Gourmet Foods)
Shapes: Linguini, orzo, penne, rotini, shells, and spaghetti
Flour used: Lentil bean flour
Shapes: Thin rice noodles and stir-fry noodles
Flour used: Rice flour
Tinkyada Pasta Joy (Food Directions, Inc.)
Shapes: Over 18 Italian-style pastas
Flours used: Brown rice flour, white rice flour, and rice bran