Food & Nutrition

9 tasty gluten free pastas that don’t taste like cardboard

Published by Finn Hayden

Even if you're not one of the 1 in 100 people in the UK with Coeliac Disease, there are plenty of reasons why you might want to cut gluten out of your diet. For so long, the issue was the lack of decent gluten free options for those wanting to ditch the gluten - everything just tasted like cardboard. However, nowadays there are countless gluten free options which taste lovely, including lots of great-tasting gluten free pasta. We wanted to round up the best that we've tried, let's get into it:

Difatti gluten free gnocchi

We wanted to start with this gnocchi from Difatti because we wanted to immediately shatter the idea that gluten free pasta has to be boring. This tomato flavour gnocchi is made from potato, corn, and rice, and contains zero GM ingredients. We love the tomato flavour and think this pasta is really tasty. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com

Gnocchi

Amisa 

Amisa is a brand that specialises in gluten free products, and the pasta produced by this brand is really popular. There are a few different types of pasta you can buy from this brand, but our favourite was definitely the corn and rice rigatoni. We love the larger size of the pasta, and also the corn and rice combination really worked for us. This was also ready in 11 minutes, so didn't take any longer to cook than normal pasta. Learn more and buy it here - realfoods.co.uk

Amisa pasta

BiOFAIR Organic Rice Quinoa Spaghetti

We're huge fans of spaghetti, and often struggle to find gluten free versions of this type of pasta. However, of all the gluten free spaghetti we've found, we think the Rice Quinoa Spaghetti from BiOFAIR is probably the best. It's mostly made from rice flour (75%) but the small amount of quinoa (25%) gives the spaghetti a nice taste and texture, and also helps to increase the protein content. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk

Rice Quinoa pasta

Lensi Corn & Rice spaghetti

Although we don't like the Corn & Rice spaghetti quite as much as the gluten free spaghetti from BiOFAIR, we still think it is really tasty and our preference is probably just down to the fact that we're big fans of quinoa. This spaghetti has a really authentic Italian taste and retains a slightly al dente texture even after cooking for 15 minutes. Learn more and buy it here - fodmarket.co.uk

Gluten free spaghetti

Freee Maize and Rice penne

We're almost halfway through our guide and we haven't included a classic penne pasta yet! We think the reason so many gluten free pasta brands don't make penne pasta is because they're trying to make their pasta seem more exciting, but we love a good penne. Freee is a brand that sells a variety of excellent gluten free products, and this penne pasta is no exception. We love the taste and texture, plus it's totally organic. Learn more and buy it here - freee-foods.co.uk

Free maize and rice pasta

Profusion Chickpea fusilli

It's great when a product can be healthy and also taste great, and that's exactly how we feel about this pasta from Profusion. Because it's made from chickpeas, the pasta manages to be naturally gluten free and high in protein with 20g of protein per 100g. We're big fans of this pasta and highly recommend you check it out, learn more and buy it here - profusionorganic.co.uk

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Farabella Gnocchi 

You'll notice that almost all of the writing on this box is in Italian - we double-checked online and this gnocchi is definitely gluten free. It's made from potato and rice and is really tasty. The texture is excellent and if you're looking for straightforward gnocchi without any filling, this is a great option. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

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Prima Italia Organic Gluten Free Penne

We'd describe this penne pasta from Prima Italia as classy - just look at that fancy packaging. What's interesting about Prima Italia is that the brand has won lots of Great Taste awards and despite not having a huge choice, clearly focuses on quality. You could pair this delicious penne with a gluten free pesto or pasta sauce from the Prima Italia range. Learn more and buy it here - prima-italia.co.uk

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Tesco Free From Tagliatelle 

The only gluten free pasta that we'll include from a supermarket in this list is the tagliatelle from Tesco - the other supermarket options we tried were fine, but most of them only offered either penne or spaghetti, which wasn't very interesting. We love that Tesco sell a gluten free tagliatelle, and it actually tastes good too. This pasta is made from maize and rice flour, and only needs to be cooked for about 4 minutes (overcooking it will leave you with a pile of mush). Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

Tesco free from tagliatelle

Hopefully this guide has shown you that not all gluten free pasta has to be boring and flavourless. Let us know if you've tried any of the above pastas or if there are any others you'd like us to try!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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