Have you ever wondered, “What is the best gluten-free pasta?” Most of us who are on a gluten-free diet wondered that when we were starting out. Sometimes I still wonder. I’ve gotten in the habit of eating one brand and haven’t tried new ones very often.
Of course there is no definitive answer to the question because what is best is a matter of opinion, but it’s nice to have some opinions when you have no idea where to start. So this week I took a poll on my Facebook page and received over 150 replies. I’m giving you the top five rankings, but two of those places were a tie.
And forget the countdown. I’m going to start with #1.
Best Gluten-Free Pasta
1st Place – Tinkyada
Tinkyada was the clear winner. It is a rice based pasta and is widely available in health food stores, regular grocery stores, and online. I’m sure that its availability contributed in part to the fact that it was the most popular. Tinkyada is what I use and my family enjoys it, as well as other people who have eaten with us.
2nd Place – Quinoa
Most people did not specify a brand, but I believe most of them are referring to Ancient Harvest Quinoa pasta which is actually made from corn and quinoa.
3rd Place – Schar & Heartland
Schar makes a variety of pasta shapes that are made from corn, rice, and pea protein. The ingredients are non-GMO and the products are produced in a gluten-free facility.
Heartland pasta is made from corn and rice and is available at Walmart. It is not produced on dedicated equipment, but they do have protocol to prevent cross contamination.
4th Place – Jovial & Bionaturae
These two brands received only one vote less than the third place brands.
Jovial is a brown rice pasta which I reviewed here. I think it’s an excellent pasta and is better than Tinkyada, but it’s not as widely available. I think if it was easier for people to find in stores it would be more popular.
Bionaturae pasta is made from rice, potato, and soy. It’s organic and produced in a gluten-free facility. Those who use it really love it.
5th Place – Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s makes brown rice and corn pastas. Only a couple of people specified which one they liked. I have tried the rice pasta and did not like it as well as Tinkyada, but it is cheaper.
Wegman’s and Sam Mills are both corn pastas that received a handful of votes.
Cappello’s is a grain free fresh pasta (not dried). I’d love to give it a try, but it’s not cheap. The comments and one review I read all say it is very good.
What’s your favorite gluten-free pasta?