Best Gluten-Free Pastas
As someone with Celiac’s Disease, not only I but my entire household has to be gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination. This was to my partner’s dismay until we found reliable brands of pastas that’s safe. Although my favourite is still my sweet potato gnocchi from The Thirlby book, which you can snag a copy of & cook up yourself!
Jovial is a great brown rice-based option that has a similar taste to wheat pasta. Andean Dream is quinoa-based and is so well-made that you might not be able to tell that it’s gluten-free. If you like a chewy consistency, which some do, you might like Tinkyada the most as it has a higher starch content and gummier texture.
Elbow Pasta & mac-and-cheese
Our pick for Elbow Pasta is Ancient Harvest, made with organic quinoa and corn, and for a corn-free option, our pick is Tinkyada, which is made from brown rice. We recommend this recipe of creamy gluten- and dairy-free creamy tomato pasta.
Banza Chickpea Penne is the best bet for penne, which we recommend a minute under the recommendation to make sure it doesn’t get soggy. The event of this pasta is also that chickpea doesn’t spike blood sugar as high as other grains would and has a considerable amount of protein for satiety. For those who live near Wegman’s they have green pea-based penne in plastic-free packaging, which has been the bane of finding a pasta that is good for our tastebuds and the environment.
Ramen surely isn’t the most elegant or luxurious meal in its stereotype but that isn’t the case if you ask David Chang of Momofuku or Helen Rosner of The New Yorker. Our pick is Lotus Foods, which has the best ramen option for when you’d like a quick & delicious comfort meal rather than labouring over your own noodle recipe.
King Soba Noodles are made from 100 percent buckwheat and unlike other varieties we have tried, these do not become mushy or break apart while cooking. We recommend making these spring rolls and substituting the soy sauce with coconut aminos!
Although Tinkyada’s other varieties can be chewier in comparison to other gluten-free options, their lasagna sheets have a great consistency for its purpose. We recommend trying out this gluten- and dairy-free recipe with cashew ricotta cheese.
About the Author
Almila Kakinc-Dodd is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief of The Thirlby. She is also the author of the book The Thirlby: A Field Guide to a Vibrant Mind, Body, & Soul. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nursing as a Dean’s Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. Her background is in Anthropology & Literature, which she has further enriched through her Integrative Health Practitioner training at Duke University. She lives in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, where she regularly contributes to various publications. She is a member of Democratic Socialists of America and urges others to join the movement.