Whether it’s due to an outright intolerance or a more general desire to eat healthier, there are so many reasons why people are cutting gluten out of their diet. But a big bowl of noodles seems to be a universally comforting dish, so here are the best gluten-free pasta alternatives for you to enjoy…
Buckwheat pasta, or soba noodles, are a great pasta alternative as they come close to mimicking the texture of wheat noodles. Don’t let the name fool you – buckwheat has nothing to do with the glutenous plant we all know and love. For a traditional pasta dish, select a plain variety, but you can often find them flavoured with green tea or seaweed. King Soba makes delicious sweet potato and buckwheat noodles.
Quinoa pasta is another close runner-up when it comes to resembling traditional Italian pastas. Plus, it has the high protein count that has made this ancient grain so popular. Be careful not to overcook as these noodles do have a tendency to get a bit mushy.
Kelp noodles are a bit more gelatinous than your average pasta but they’re a great addition to raw food dishes and taste great dressed up with pesto or other sauces. Plus, they boast a whole range of health benefits due to their iodine content, including promotion of weight loss and improvement of thyroid health. They’re also fairly high in calcium.
Tofu Shirataki noodles are made from a blend of Konnyaku flour (a variety of Asian yam) and tofu. In addition to being gluten-free, these chewy noodles are also low in calories and carbs.
Fresh Veggie Pasta
You can make your own fresh vegetable pasta. Create spaghetti-like noodles with a spiralizer, or get a simple effect by creating thin slices with a vegetable peeler. Beets, sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, and cucumber all make great fresh noodles. You can eat them raw, or, to more closely mimic the texture of pasta, lightly blanch or saute them first. Add fresh noodles to salads or dress them up with your favourite pasta sauce for a low-carb alternative to spaghetti.
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