Gluten Free Quinoa and Brown Rice Pasta

Updated on March 16, 2016
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Kim is a board-certified holistic health coach, healthy living and cleanse consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.

Brown Rice Pasta and Quinoa Pasta
Brown Rice Pasta and Quinoa Pasta | Source

Healthy Pasta ~ also Gluten Free

Pasta is a favorite staple among many people. Who doesn't like Italian food? However, if you're eating a gluten-free diet due to celiac disease, it can be difficult trying to give up pasta. Luckily, you don't have to!

There are healthier options for gluten-free pasta that you may have not heard of. Quinoa pasta and brown rice pasta are both a great alternative from the typical semolina-based pastas or whole wheat pastas.

Whenever I make a pasta dish, whether its spaghetti or penne, I often use either quinoa or brown rice pasta. My family also appreciates how satisfying it is to eat pasta that incorporates both healthy and flavorful profiles. This is the kind of food that your body can get away with eating and not feeling guilty or deprived.

Quinoa Pasta

You may be familiar with the tiny grain quinoa, a South American grain. Quinoa contains a high amount of protein, essential amino acids, and is considered a super food by many.

A good source of dietary fiber, quinoa is completely gluten-free, thus making it very easy to digest. You'll stay full longer and absorb more of the grain's nutrients.

For all the hard core Italian eaters, be rest assured knowing that the color and texture does not deviate far from semolina pasta. Just make sure you cook it "al dente" which is slightly under cooked.

My favorite brand is Ancient Harvest, that taste as good if not better than the original wheat pasta. If you cannot find quinoa past in the store, you can order them in bulk on Amazon for a discounted price.

Quinoa Nutrition

Quinoa is native to South America, a seed that provides a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids.

Quinoa is especially valuable for those who prefer to reduce or completely eliminate animal protein from their diets. One cup of quinoa provides 9 grams of protein, high in magnesium, vitamin B12, and insoluble fiber.

This seed-like grain has pre-biotic properties, feeding the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. It is also easily digested, allowing your body to access most of the vitamins and minerals it contains.

Quinoa Pasta

Quinoa Pasta
Quinoa Pasta | Source

Brown Rice Pasta

Brown Rice Pasta is made from a grain that is truly whole, which means the bran, germ & endosperm are all present from the source. Brown rice flour gives you the full benefits of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that have shown to reduce risks of diseases and cancers.

Brown rice pasta is not only reserved for gluten free diets. It's such a healthy alternative, being cholesterol free, low fat, low sodium, and an amazing source of fiber. It's also easy to digest!

You'd be surprised at the taste and texture, which is similar to whole wheat pasta. The secret is to cook it "al dente."

When buying brown rice pasta, look for brands that produce brown rice from whole grain rice flour. Make sure they are also manufactured in a certified gluten free facility.

Brown Rice Pasta

Brown Rice Pasta
Brown Rice Pasta | Source

Vegan Alternatives

Nutritional yeast is an amazing substitute for cheese, providing you with complete protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Brown Rice Pasta with Pesto Sauce
Brown Rice Pasta with Pesto Sauce | Source

Pair Your Healthy Pasta with Healthy Sauce!

One of my favorite sauce to top with the healthy pasta is a simple basic pesto sauce made with sun dried tomatoes. You can also make a vegan pesto sauce by substituting the cheese with another powerhouse ingredient: nutritional yeast.

Pesto sauce is not only healthy, but very filling due to the pine nuts. When made with fresh ingredients such as basil and olive oil, it adds character to any type of pasta. This sauce can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.

  • 4 cups basil
  • 6-7 tablespoon extra virgin Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Pine nuts
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

The traditional authentic Italian pesto sauce is an eclectic blend of basil and pine. However, feel free to substitute for walnuts, almonds or pecans for the line nuts. If you don't care for garlic, leave it out. It's your kitchen- do as you please! Just remember to taste as you go!

Have you tried Quinoa Pasta or Brown Rice Pasta before?

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        Ali 3 years ago

        U vas tam pryam gastronomicheskie izkisi ne huje, chem vo Francii. Ya donuts tak eshe i ne probovala, kak to ne privlekajut, hotya v Strarbucks navernoe doljni bit nichego. I eshe menya porajajut ceni, u nas kakoj-nibud jutkij sandwich prodaetsya po 6 evro(((A les huitres probovat obyazatelno, oni ni v kakoe sravnenie s midiyami ne idut, eto prosto klass, ya bez ustric uje ne predstavlyaju svoju jizn)))))U nas toje est sans gluten, no ya, chestno govorya, osobo na eto vnimanie ne obrashala, t.k. ne znala o ego effectah.A eshe u nas celie otdeli tolko productov bio, i ya starajus tam pobolshe pokupat, hotya, pravda, obichno eto doroje

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        Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

        Thanks Linda! Hope you like it! :-)

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        Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

        I am new to quinoa and was looking for recipes. Can't wait to try quinoa pasta. Thanks for a great hub. Very informative.

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        anglnwu 5 years ago

        I've yet to try quinoa pasta. Your recipe looks healthy and delicious. Got to try it.