Hey baybees! As I’ve been gradually working my way towards being gluten free, I’ve tried a lot of gluten free pasta. I love pasta, and though I’m trying to cut out processed foods wherever possible, I do like to have the occasional bag on-hand for a quick meal, or to entertain omnis – pasta is the easiest non-threatening vegan meal you can make, IMO).
Gluten Free Pasta Review
My favorite gluten free pasta so far is the Tinkyada brown rice pasta brand. I find that it has a nice flavor, a good chewy texture, and a pleasant consistency. I used to buy the quinoa pasta, but it is made with corn, which I’m trying to cut out of my diet, and I found it to be a bit dull, needing a lot of flavor to compensate.
I use Tinkyada pasta as I would regular pasta; an improvement from the quinoa brand which I felt was only good with creamy sauces or in soups. The Tinkyada is great with red sauce, veggies and olive oil, creamy sauces, soups, pesto and anything else you can think to throw on it!
I like the spaghetti ok, but I think the real stars of the show are the elbows, the penne and the spirals. I’m particular about shape – I firmly believe the pasta shape makes a huge difference to how a dish tastes. The elbows are fun in soups, the penne is delish with sauces, and the spirals sing in a lovely pasta salad.
The cooking time listed on the bags is redick (that’s ridiculous for those of you who, unlike me, have embraced your age and choose to use full words). I am very picky about my pasta, if it’s even slightly overcooked I can’t stand it. I recommend cooking each type of Tinkyada pasta seven minutes and then test, or cut the cooking time in half and go from there. You’ll eventually figure out the perfect time for each. Alternatively, you can be crazy like me and obsessively hover over it until it’s perfect! It can sometimes be a touch sticky when it comes out, just give it a good rinse after draining and it should be fine.
Where to Buy
I’ve seen the Tinkyada brand all over southern California, so if you have access to a Trader Joes, Sprouts, Whole Foods or Baron Marketplace, you should be able to find it easily. I’m not sure about major chains in other areas, but it seems to be a popular brand in the gluten free aisle.
If you don’t mind buying in bulk, you can Tinkyada pasta for a great price on Amazon. Usually, you have to buy in batches of six or twelve bags, but you save $1.00-3.00 per bag, depending on your store’s prices. Most of the listings I’ve seen are Amazon Prime and/or free shipping over $35 eligible.
If you try it, let me know what you think!