“Pasta” Picks for Gluten-Free Eaters


One of my former favorite gluten-filled foods was angel hair pasta. There was nothing like swirling my fork around a plate, raveling a mess of pasta drenched in sauce and cheese and scooping it all into my mouth. While there are some great gluten-free pasta options available (the corn pasta is probably my favorite!), I feel I’ve had to sacrifice in the spaghetti/angel hair department. The structure of the corn pasta just doesn’t have the same effect on longer strands, so while tubular gluten-free ziti is delicious, the eating experience just isn’t the same.

Recently, however, I began experimenting with the use of spaghetti squash as a “pasta” substitute. Spaghetti squash is a type of winter squash that is widely available in these colder months. The squash has only about 40 calories per cup, and is much lower in total carbohydrates than traditional and gluten-free pastas. Additionally, spaghetti squash is high in carotenoids and vitamin A, which both help to support your immune system (which, as all Celiacs know, our immune systems can take all they help they can get, particularly if you’re still recovering from gluten exposure!). You can also roast the spaghetti squash seeds like pumpkin seeds and add them to your snack trail mix!

If you’re new to trying out the spaghetti squash, to prepare just slice the squash in half and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes, or until soft. Scoop out the center pulp and seeds, and then use a fork to shred the squash into the spaghetti-like strands. Mix with your favorite pasta toppings (I like to sautee onions, mushrooms, and ground turkey meat, and add in some tomato sauce) and enjoy your gluten-free “angel hair pasta”!

7 thoughts on ““Pasta” Picks for Gluten-Free Eaters”

  1. I like spaghetti squash but my kids won’t eat it. We all love Bionaturae GF Spaghetti. Bionaturae was the first brand of GFpasta my gluten eating family would eat. We also love BiaGlut. You can buy both brands at amazon.com. Whole Foods sells Bionaturae.

  2. Tinkyada brown rice spinach spaghetti is the best! It’s on the menu at my favorite restaurant and they were able to to tell me the brand so I could order it to make it at home.

  3. I love spaghetti squash, but haven’t tried it with my family yet. For gf pasta, my favorite is Le Veneziane. I can buy it locally in my gluten free bakery, and my gluten free store (yes, a store that sells ONLY gluten free food!) It is a little pricey, but worth it’s weight in gold! It is 100% corn, and tastes just like I remember pasta tasting like. When my friend who owns the gf bakery told me to try it, she said that if I didn’t like it, and think it was the closest tasting to the real thing, she would give me my money back. Well, it is the only pasta brand that my non gf husband and son would go back for seconds on.

  4. I’m with Alexis. My daughter won’t eat squash in any form. However Tinkyada offers a shaped-macaroni product that goes over pretty well.

    My grandmother introduced me to spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative when I was just a kid, myself, so I think it’s tasty. But I like squash to begin with.

  5. My son introduced me to Spaghetti Squash. After cooking it, he mixes shredded feta cheese, fresh basil, olive oil, greek calamata olives, and grated cheese, it is very light and extremely tasty.

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