Over the last year, I have tried LITERALLY every gluten free pasta available in Israel. It has been a long journey and I have had what must be more than 50 bowls of pasta for this…. but after all of my experiments I have come to a conclusion: Ricco gluten free pasta is better than all the rest!
While overall, Ricco is my favorite of the options, I have to say, there are different pastas that work better for different dishes.
So here are the best gluten free pastas I tried:
(For reference, nearly all of the pastas listed below are available at Gluten in Even Yehudah or for delivery via her website.)
Ricco– If you looking for the “I can’t believe it’s not gluten” of pastas, this is it. It cooks perfectly, holds sauce, comes in more than just penne, and is what I have come to believe most restaurants are using. It can be a bit difficult to find but if you come across it, scoop it up! I love the taste and really find it comparable to what I remember glutenous pasta being like.
Felicia- This brand offers a large variety of gluten free pastas including from lentils, rice, oat, and buckwheat. My personal favorite is the buckwheat version but they are all quite decent. You can rely on Felicia to have great pasta and any shape you are looking for.
Barili- Honestly, a pretty good dupe for pasta with great lasagna noodles. Pretty cheap as well as far as gluten free pasta goes and readily available in many supermarkets and even smaller corner stores.
Rummo- I love that there are a bunch of shapes of Rummo pasta. Their Fusili holds sauce super well and has great texture.
Red Lentil Pasta from Green- This is the Shufersal classic and one of the cheapest and “healthiest” of the gluten free pasta options. I always cook it way longer than the box recommends and it is one of my go-tos when I want something a bit heartier with protein. I also enjoy the flavor of lentil pasta more than many of the other pasta alternatives.
Le Veneziane- Nothing to write home about in my opinion. Decent but not spectacular.
Tinkyada- I LOVE their brown rice pasta and that it comes in many shapes but it is out of this world expensive. Not worth the price in my opinion.
NutraZen Pro- Why would I want protein pasta? If I am having pasta I want to enjoy my meal and not feel like it is pretending to be a health food. Just my opinion.
There are so many more pastas out there and new ones showing up what feels like daily. I will be sure to keep adding to this list as I continue to try more gluten free pastas on the market, but for now… thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
Now if you’re looking for a killer pasta sauce to cover your new favorite gluten free pasta in, try this!