After a long day, there’s little we look forward to more than coming home, snuggling up someplace warm, and tucking into a warm and comforting bowl of pasta. Not only is it texturally versatile — you can buy it in an abundance of different shapes and sizes — but it’s the perfect vehicle for different toppings, sauces, and a great way to experience different cuisines.
However, sometimes the normal stuff just isn’t cutting it. Maybe you’re looking for more protein than typical wheat pasta provides; maybe you’re trying to eat grain-free; perhaps you just want to jazz up your pasta nights and try something new and nutritious. Whatever your reason is, we have put together a list of 15 different pasta options that stray from the norm, including varieties that are made from beans, veggies, soy, grain-free flours, and more. Check them out below!
Explore Cuisine Organic Gluten Free Spaghetti 3-Flavor Variety Bundle
Explore Cuisine Organic Gluten Free Spaghetti 3-Flavor Variety Bundle is gluten-free, USDA organic certified, and non-GMO verified.The variety bundle includes three flavors: Organic Black Bean, Organic Adzuki Bean, and Organic Edamame. You can buy eight-ounces of each of the flavors (so, three packages of pasta) for $17.44.
Chickapea Organic Chickpea and Red Lentil Pasta
This Chickapea Organic Chickpea and Red Lentil Pasta is made in the USA. It is organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and vegetarian, and also kosher! Each serving has 23 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, and includes both iron and B vitamins. The only two ingredients in Chickapea Pasta are organic chickpeas and organic red lentils. You can buy a six-pack of the pasta for $29.99.
Tresomega Nutrition Organic Quinoa Spaghetti
This Tresomega Nutrition Organic Quinoa Spaghetti is gluten-free and made entirely out of organic quinoa and organic rice. “This cooks and tastes like regular wheat pasta. It is a bit firmer so no worries about ending up with mushy pasta. The kids didn’t even notice it was Quinoa,” wrote one Amazon customer. Buy five pounds of the pasta for $36.08.
Miracle Noodle Zero Carb, Gluten Free Shirataki Pasta and Rice, 6-bag Variety Pack
This Miracle Noodle Zero Carb, Gluten Free Shirataki Pasta and Rice, 6 bag Variety Pack, contains six bags of Miracle Noodle Pasta, which includes two packs of angel hair, two packs of the rice, and two packs of the fettuccini. There are no carbs in these products, and they are all soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. They are made from 97 percent water and 3 percent fiber. Buy this six bag pack for $13.59.
Ancient Harvest Gluten-Free POW! Pasta 3 Flavor Variety Bundle
This Ancient Harvest Gluten-Free POW! Pasta 3 Flavor Variety Bundle is non-GMO project verified, gluten-free, kosher, and comes in three different shapes as well as three different flavors. The three-flavor sample pack includes one black bean elbows pasta, one green lentil penne pasta, and one red lentil rotini pasta, each with eight ounces of pasta. Buy the three flavor variety bundle for $23.95.
Andean Dream Organic Quinoa Pasta 3-Flavor Variety Bundle
The Andean Dream Organic Quinoa Pasta 3-Flavor Variety Bundle is gluten-free, corn-free, suitable for vegans, certified USDA organic, non-GMO verified, kosher, and fair trade. THe three varieties include the dream shells, the dream fusilli, and the dream macaroni. You can buy the variety pack, which includes three boxes of eight-ounces of pasta, for $21.70.
Better Than Pasta Shirataki Spaghetti Noodles
These Better Than Pasta Shirataki Spaghetti Noodles are 100 percent certified USDA organic, kosher, gluten-free, and vegan, and they are suitable for paleo diets. This six pack means each ounce costs $0.29. The ingredients for this pasta are purified water, organic konjac, and organic oat fiber. There are 15 calories and four carbs per serving, as well as four grams of fiber per serving. Konjac contains Glucomannan which is a soluble fiber. It absorbs a lot of water. It is important to drink plenty of water while eating konjac and glucomannan food products. Buy 84 ounces of these noodles for $24.99.
Pastabilities Organic Spelt Pasta
Pastabilities Organic Spelt Pasta is made with 100 percent organic spelt wheat flour. It is 100 percent certified organic and non-GMO, as well as made in the USA. This pasta is not gluten-free, as the two ingredients are organic spelt wheat flour, and water. You can buy a 12-ounce pack of two for $15.00.
Banza Chickpea Pasta 3-Shape Variety Bundle
Skinny Pasta Noodles Shape
This Skinny Pasta Noodles Shape is available in a traditional noodle shape, couscous, spaghetti, lasagna, fettuccini, and rice, and each variety is completely free of sugar, gluten, starch, wheat, lactose, soy, salt, cholesterol, fat, and preservatives. Each variety is made with the konjac plant, a native to Southeast Asia, and contains Glucomannan, an all-natural, water-soluble fiber. Buy a six-pack of 9.52 ounce containers of these noodles for $18.99.
Trader Joes Organic Red Lentil Sedanini
King Soba Gluten-Free Organic Thai Rice Pasta Noodles
These King Soba Gluten-Free Organic Thai Rice Pasta Noodles are USDA certified organic, gluten-free, wheat-free, and certified kosher. They are made of 100 percent organic Thai rice and that is all. To prepare, bring a pan of water to a rolling boil. Remove paper tie and submerge noodles in water. Bring back to the boil then reduce to a medium heat. Cook for four to five minutes only. Do not overcook. Drain noodles in a colander and rinse well with cold water. Buy 8.8-ounces of these noodles for $3.99.
King Soba Gluten-Free, Organic Brown Rice, Pumpkin, and Ginger Pasta Noodles
This three-pack of King Soba Gluten-Free, Organic Brown Rice, Pumpkin, and Ginger Pasta Noodles provides nine servings (three paper-tied servings in each 8.8-ounce package), is certified and regulated organic by USDA, kosher, cooks in five minutes, is GMO-free, and free of wheat and gluten. It is vegetarian, vegan, good for celiacs, low-glycemic, and diabetic-friendly, and can be eaten hot or cold. Buy this three-pack of noodles for $15.98.
GAFELL Spaghetti made from Black Soybeans
This GAFELL Spaghetti made from Black Soybeans is 100 percent organic spaghetti that is made entirely from black soybeans. Additionally, this product is gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan. Made from just black soybeans and water they cook to al dente in five minutes, although you can boil them for 15 minutes if you enjoy a softer pasta. Buy this 7.05-ounce box of pasta for $6.00 on Amazon.
Paleo Sweet Potato Starch Noodles
These Paleo Sweet Potato Starch Noodles are gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free, and they are all natural and include no artificial coloring. To prepare, cook the sweet potato noodles in boiling water for about seven minutes, and then immediately drain and rinse them thoroughly in cold water. Buy one 1.1-pound bag of these noodles for $8.99.
Make Your Own Pasta at Home!
As much as we love all of the products mentioned above, nothing really beats getting in the kitchen and whipping up your own amazing batch of pasta.
If you’re into lentils, we highly recommend trying out this recipe for Homemade Lentil Pasta, pictured above. It has a hearty texture that pairs perfectly with the creamy, yet refreshing spinach pesto. And speaking of spinach pesto… why not check out this recipe for Healthy Spinach and Walnut Pesto Pasta.
If you’re looking for different alternatives to traditional recipes for some reason, we highly recommend you check out these Grain Free Recipes, as well as this resource for 5 Allergen-Free Vegan Sources of Protein.
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Creamy Red Lentil Pasta