Here are 9 gluten-free pasta dishes that you can enjoy even if you are allergic or sensitive to gluten or just want to cut down on your carbs. Gluten-free pasta dishes, oh my, there are so many different kinds, I actually found some kinds of gluten-free pasta that you can buy that I had never heard of.
Some of the different kinds of gluten-free pastas are made with quinoa and corn, sometimes quinoa and corn are mixed together to make a good pasta. Other kinds of gluten-free pasta include rice, egg, lentil and polenta pasta which is corn grits. Chickpea pasta is what I’m excited to try since chickpeas have a lot of protein in them and are quite healthy. Brown rice pasta is also very popular.
Of course there a lot of other different kinds of gluten-free pasta dishes that aren’t really pasta but make great healthy substitutes for pasta. They are actually quite surprisingly tasty and I really like them.
Some of those are zucchini, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, cauliflower. I have recipes which include some of these vegetables as pasta. You really should try some of them if you haven’t already. A big bonus is that they are way less fattening also.
Some of the gluten-free pastas are so unusual that I thought you might like to know where you can buy it, so under the title of some of the recipes I included a link to where you can buy it. I hope that help make your life just a little easier.
At the beginning, I also have links and pictures for a couple gluten-free pastas that are pretty common. When you find a recipe that just states gluten-free pasta in the ingredients, these are the pastas you might want to use.
This is a picture of my Nana (Italian for Grandma). She was born in 1909 in South Boston, MA. Her dad immigrated from Sicily around 1902 and was part of the Mafia. I’m not kidding. He was involved with it until he was mysteriously hit by a car and died, but at least that wasn’t until later in his life. He married a woman from Ireland and had several children.
Their youngest was my Nana. Nana’s mom died when my Nana was only 10 years old. To make things worse, besides just losing her mom at a young age, her dad re-married and Nana’s stepmother didn’t want anything to do with her. So my Nana went to go live with her Irish aunt. Needless to say, her Sicilian history was pretty much lost to her.
But then my Nana married my Grandpa. My grandpa was full Italian and his mother was the quintessential Italian Matriarch (similar to Assunta below). She ran the family, including telling her children what they would study in school, what they would do in the family business and what clothes they could buy.
The family owned a shop in Boston and she told my Grandpa he needed to go to pharmacy school so they could turn the shop in to a pharmacy. They did that and that’s actually where he met my Nana. My Nana’s mother-in-law only paid them a little money, but then she did things like plan family vacations and bought clothes for them.
Personally, I would hate that and feel like she was controlling my life. But my Nana liked it. She finally had a mother of sorts. One of the best things that came out of their relationship was that she taught my Nana how to cook the real Italian way.
Our family has like 30 recipes passed down from my Nana and every one of them is Italian. It wasn’t until later that I learned how my Nana learned to cook Italian. It’s also where my Nana got her nickname. My Nana liked her mother-in-law so much and wanted her grandchildren to call her Nana too.
Well, our family’s all-time favorite recipe is Nana’s spaghetti sauce. Here’s the thing though, it takes 8 hours to cook after it’s made. You get tons of fresh tomatoes, peel them, etc. and then make meatballs, onions, garlic, etc. and put that in the pot. Then you brown pork chops and put them in.
The recipe is very good but it’s a whole page. It’s so much work that we usually make a huge batch and then freeze the sauce. We use the sauce for a lot of different recipes including spaghetti, mackies, lasagna and pizza. It’s one of our favorite fall traditions.
If you like these gluten-free pasta dishes, you may also like these recipes:
Gluten-Free Pasta You Can Buy
Gluten-Free Pasta Dishes
1. Chunky Vegetable & Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce – My Natural Family
I got this recipe from my mother who got it from my grandmother. She got it from her mother in law who came straight from Sicily. My family is Italian and this recipe has been handed down from generation to generation. It can be made from fresh or canned tomatoes. Of course, it is best if fresh tomatoes are used. This is a pretty standard recipe. I’ve been known to use it for lasagna sauce often or it can be used for pizza sauce or for any other recipe you need a basic tomato sauce for. The instructions say to cook it for 20 minutes for your convenience. But truth be known the secret is to let it simmer on the stove top for 8 hours and let all the liquid boil off. At the same time, all the flavors blend together. The whole neighborhood can smell the sauce when it’s cooked for so long. You can simmer it in a crock pot too probably. Of course, if we don’t want a vegan meal we add meatballs and pork chops to it. That’s where the best flavor comes from. I make a big huge pot full and freeze the leftovers in containers that hold the amount I would use for a single meal.
2. Mac and Cheese – Gluten Free Daddy
Yes, it’s true. You can have mac and cheese now even if you’re on a Keto diet. This is so easy to make and tastes just like the real thing in my opinion. You won’t be sorry you tried making this. I have also been known to cook my cauliflower in my Instant Pot. I give instructions on how to do that too. It makes a great side dish or lunch main dish.
3. Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce from Scratch – Gluten Free Daddy
It’s so easy to roast red peppers. It’s basically like roasting any other vegetable, the oven does all the work. They have a wonderful deep roasted flavor. They are so good in the sauce. You have seriously got to try them. They are so easy, so good and so healthy. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion. I like to toss mine with this Brown Rice Spaghetti, then serve it.
4. Skinny Chicken Alfredo Lasagna – Not Enough Cinnamon
Jovial Organic Gluten-Free Brown Rice Pasta, Lasagna – Chicken Breasts – Chicken Stock – Cauliflower – Butter – Garlic – Mushrooms – Spinach – Mozzarella Cheese – Parmesan Cheese – Nutmeg
This next recipe is for chicken alfredo lasagna but this is not your typical alfredo sauce usually it is a bunch of cheese, cream and butter which tastes amazing, don’t get me wrong! However, it is not the healthiest but have no fear this alfredo sauce is mostly made from cauliflower blended up. It is still creamy and doesn’t taste like cauliflower.
5. Gluten-Free Pasta Dough – Tasting Everything
You can make homemade gluten-free pasta dough with this recipe and be able to modify it so you can make the type of pasta you want for your meal. This way you can avoid having to buy pre-made pasta that can be very expensive.
6. Pesto Zoodle Salad – Sunkissed Kitchen
Zucchini – Carrots – Red Cabbage – Bell Peppers – Olive Oil – Artichoke Hearts – Black Olives – Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Lemon Juice – White Wine Vinegar – Basil – Parmesan Cheese – Walnuts – Garlic – Real Salt – Black Pepper
If you don’t want to use pre-made packaged pasta or make your own dough from scratch which can be time-consuming if you are doing it often, give zoodles a try. It is zucchini spiralized and when they are cooked they have a similar texture to pasta.
7. Zucchini Ribbon Lasagna Alfredo – Fearless Dining
Zucchini – Garlic – Butter – Heavy Cream – Ricotta Cheese – Italian Chicken Sausage – Mozzarella Cheese – Parmesan Cheese – Real Salt
This is another recipe that uses zucchini to replace pasta. Our family makes lasagna sometimes with zucchini, it can get a little juicy if you don’t follow the instructions, so make sure to take note.
8. Chicken Parmesan Casserole – Veggie Balance
This is a good dish that would work for the whole family without it being a big deal that some of the ingredients are gluten-free. I think the cheese would smother it to where you can even tell the difference.
9. Creamy Peanut Pasta – Contentedness Cooking
This meal uses pre-made packaged pasta but has a unique peanut sauce recipe to go with the pasta topped with several vegetables of your choice. This reminds me of one of my favorite Thai dishes.
What kind of gluten-free pasta dishes do you like? Do you like to buy gluten-free pasta or do you like to use veggies instead?