Gluten-free pasta is becoming more easily available, both at restaurants and in grocery stores. I’ve recently seen gluten-free varieties from major brands like PC Organics, Barilla and Catelli. Not only that, but grocery stores are even stocking gluten-free pastas – from these mainstream brands and long time gluten-free brands – in the regular pasta aisle.
While it’s great to see such progress in the market, I actually missed the launch of these new products because I’ve stopped going down those aisles in the grocery store!
PC Organics Brown Rice Pasta
The PC Organics label is on everything from baby food to crackers, and now they have gluten-free spaghetti and fusilli. They are both made with organic brown rice, and certified to have been grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
As with most brown rice pasta, this one gets pretty gummy while cooking, so rinse it well. A bit of oil in the water helps keep it from sticking to the pot, as well. However, this pasta has a wonderful texture, unlike most other rice pastas.
Of course, this is only available in stores that sell President’s Choice products.
Barilla Gluten Free
Barilla is a fourth generation, family owned Italian pasta company. They now have 4 products in their line of gluten-free products available in Canada: spaghetti, rotini, penne and elbows. Barilla’s gluten-free pastas are made from rice and corn flours, and produced in a gluten-free facility.
The combination of flours give this pasta a wonderful, normal texture. It’s just like eating regular pasta. It also cooks like regular pasta – no stickiness. I recently bought this brand because they have elbows, and I was making macaroni and cheese; you can’t have mac and cheese with any other shape.
Catelli Gluten Free
I haven’t yet tried Catelli gluten-free pasta, but it sounds quite tasty; a combination of white and brown rice flours, qunioa and corn. They are marketing the pasta as having a smooth texture, like regular pasta. It is also made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. The gluten-free line includes spaghetti, fusilli and penne and was introduced in 2013. They will be next on my list to taste-test!