Sick of gluten-free noodles? They often lack taste, texture and are loaded with unnecessary calories and carbs. I was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago and since then have tried them all in search of the perfect gluten-free pasta. While I do like some more than others, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with various gluten-free noodle substitutes instead. There are plenty of ways to enjoy pasta without having to fill our bodies with excess carbs or calories.
As a picky eater and noodle lover, I won’t just eat any noodle substitute. It has to taste good, have the texture of a noodle, and fully trick my brain into thinking I’m eating a huge bowl of pasta. The five gluten-free noodle substitutes listed below all taste delicious when topped with your favorite marinara, lemon butter, pesto, or whatever sauce or topping you like. Best of all… you can eat a big bowl of “noodles” without feeling overly full, bloated or guilty – score!!
Ready for the FIVE best gluten-free noodle alternatives? Here they are – please note this post contains affiliate links to where you can purchase these awesome products!):
1. Organic Edamame Spaghetti by Explore Asian: These noodles taste amazing! You don’t feel like you’re eating gluten-free noodles, yet alone noodles made exclusively of soybeans and water. Edamame Spaghetti is just 200 calories per serving. But that’s not the most exciting part. The best part is that each serving contains 24 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. The only ingredients in this pasta are organic edamame (green soybeans) and water. These noodles are packed with Vitamins A and C, Calcium, and Iron. If you can find these online or in the store, buy them. They cook up well and are seriously delicious. They feel and taste like real noodles without all the empty calories and carbs. Try my Asian Ground Turkey and Vegetable Stir Fry over Edamame Spaghetti. You can stock up on Edamame Spaghetti by Explore Asian on Amazon.
2. Miracle Noodles: Miracle Noodles live up to their name – they are little miracles, that’s for sure! I wrote a glowing review about Miracle Noodles last year. Each package contains only 15 calories (5 calories per serving), so you can pile these noodles high on your plate for a totally satisfying and bountiful meal. In case you’re not familiar with Miracle Noodles – they are made from Purified water, Konnyaku flour (a spongy plant popular in Japan cuisine), β-Carotene, and Calcium hydroxide. These noodles pack tons of fiber and help you avoid excess calories that come with eating noodles. Buy Miracle Noodles shirataki noodles on Amazon.
3. Zucchini Noodles: If you’ve followed my blog you know that I’m huge zucchini noodle fan. You also know I’m hooked on the Veggetti, a little tool you can use to twist a zucchini into spaghetti-shaped spirals. These noodles are so easy to make too – simply twist an entire zucchini in your Veggetti, and then either microwave the noodles for one minute until just softened (but not too soft) or boil them in hot water for 2-3 minutes. You can also saute them in a pan with a little olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Zucchini noodles offer a truly easy, no-fuss and no-guilt way to enjoy yummy noodles! A Veggetti is about $12 on Amazon and is well worth the investment!
4. Organic Black Bean Spaghetti: My friend Shayna first introduced me to Black Bean Noodles last year. She told me how good they were and how wonderful the texture was, but it took me forever to make them and try them for myself. Wow! These noodles are awesome. What took me so long?!? Black bean noodles are also made by Explore Asian, the same company that makes Edamame Noodles, and these gluten-free noodles are perfect for anyone who is gluten-free and soy-free as well. Go order these now! Even if you think you’d never eat black bean spaghetti, I know these noodles will make a believer out of you. Each serving is 180 calories and contains 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber. Like Edamame Spaghetti, the only ingredients in these noodles are organic black beans and water. Don’t worry – they don’t taste like beans at all, it truly taste like pasta. Just to convince you further that these are amazing noodles – my kids ate them up with no fuss and even asked for seconds! Buy Black Bean Spaghetti on Amazon.
5. Spaghetti Squash: The old trusty standby in a pinch is spaghetti squash. If someone is hosting me for a spaghetti dinner, this is the easy gluten-free alternative for them to make for me. Why? Because spaghetti squash is readily available at grocery stores nationwide and easy to make without any tools or special purchases (like a Veggetti). While spaghetti squash is GREAT in a pinch, it’s not my most favorite gluten-free noodle alternative. It still offers a nutritious and totally satisfying meal so spaghetti squash is worth inclusion on my top five gluten-free noodle substitute list. At 31 calories per serving, this fiber-loaded spaghetti can be eaten by the bowl full – and it’s loaded with Vitamins A, C and B6, potassium and calcium too.
There you have it – FIVE amazing noodle alternatives that are gluten-free and good for you too! Please share this article with anyone who is following a gluten-free diet, low-carb diet, or who is just looking to eat more healthily!
UPDATE: I just tried Banza’s Chickpea GF noodles and love them so much that I had to add a sixth gluten-free pasta substitute to this post!! Banza noodles are made from, you guessed it, chickpeas! They are a delicious and nutrient-dense gluten-free, low carb pasta substitute. The texture is awesome too. Read more about these protein-packed noodles in my post, This Gluten-Free Chickpea Pasta Tastes Amazing. You also can purchase Banza on Amazon.
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