Amazing new gluten-free protein pasta for celiacs and gluten-sensitive people let you lose the refined grains and gain fiber and protein with great taste and texture.
What a sea change there has been for celiacs and carbohydrate-sensitive people since the 1980’s. I remember when the Tinkyada company first came out with their rice pasta. It tasted like traditional spaghetti, with a taste and texture miles ahead of the corn-based products that were the first alternative pastas on the market. Still, they were only available as spaghetti and lasagna, and for folks who don’t digest all that starchy carbohydrate, not much better than the wheat-based version available everywhere. We enjoyed them for years, once in a while, when we needed a little comforting pasta indulgence.
But now we have pastas made from legumes, and they are the best solution yet. Yes, there is some carbohydrate content as well, but with the substantially lower ratio compared to protein, many of us can enjoy this pasta without guilt, digestive repercussions or blood sugar spikes. And, the fiber content is much higher too.
The Tolerant Company makes organic red lentil and black bean pastas that contain a whopping 22g protein and 11-15g fiber per serving. These one-ingredient packaged pastas are available as rotini, penne, and mini fettuccine noodles, which hold up for cold pasta salads equally to fresh, warm pasta dishes. You can visit their website for more information at tolerantfoods.com.
Explore Asian also makes excellent organic bean pastas, with a bit of a heavier flavor profile. They have a black bean spaghetti, edamame spaghetti, and edamame and mung bean fettucine. Please note that their adzuki spaghetti contains soy. Since soy is so hard for most people to digest, I don’t recommend it for anyone with compromised digestion. If you avoid soy for any reason, stick with their black bean spaghetti. It is wonderful with a simple summer-style sauce of cherry tomatoes sautéd in olive oil with garlic, a dash of celtic sea salt and cracked black pepper. For product information, see their website at explorecuisine.com