Review: Quinoa Pasta, Gluten-Free Organic Corn-Quinoa
One of the things I miss the most since going gluten-free is pasta. I am Italian, and so is my husband. So not only do we love pasta, but our families do too. Giving up pasta and going gluten-free was hard for me. I miss the days of boiling water and throwing pasta in for an easy dinner, but I am very used to it now. In fact, now I never even think about eating pasta except when I’m with family. On our annual camping trip last week, one of the highlighted dinner meals is spaghetti and meatball night. This year I brought some gluten-free pasta to eat at the meal. The last time I tried gluten-free pasta was last year and it was brown rice pasta. I didn’t like it at all – it was mushy and soft and defeated the whole point of eating pasta.
My mom recently went gluten-free and told me about this delicious Quinoa Pasta I’ve used this brand before for Quinoa Flour and it’s pretty good so I decided to check out their pasta. I bought a couple boxes of the Garden Pagodas and Rotelle Quinoa pasta just in case anyone else wanted to try the gluten-free pasta kind. The pasta turned out great. It’s made with a corn-quinoa blend and I think that’s why the pasta stays firm and holds its shape better than the brown rice pasta does. I ate the pasta with some homemade pasta sauce and parmesan cheese. No meatballs for me as they are sadly made with breadcrumbs, but that’s okay – eating pasta was enough of a treat for me! I was so impressed with the pasta that I encouraged my husband to try some. He thought the quinoa pasta tasted so much like regular pasta that he made me go and check the box just to make sure it was gluten-free! I am so happy to have found a yummy gluten-free pasta alternative that actually tastes like pasta. I don’t think this is something I will eat regularly (it’s got 46g of carbs per 2 oz of dry pasta, yikes!), but I do plan to eat it every now and again as a treat and especially at family meals where I know pasta is going to be served. We came home from camping with several extra boxes of this stuff and I used it last night to make a gluten-free quinoa pasta with broccoli, garlic, chicken, and a combo of ghee / olive oil. It was so delicious!
I am really digging Quinoa as a gluten-free alternative. There are so many great and fun foods you can cook with it and everything tastes great. No wonder they call Quinoa a super food! If you are interested in purchasing Quinoa Pasta, you can get it at Ralph’s, Whole Foods, or on Amazon by clicking the links below. Enjoy!
What type of gluten-free alternatives do you use for pasta? Post in the comments and let me know!