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Delicious Gluten-Free Pasta


 

Yes, it’s true! Gluten-free pasta made from lentils is one of the tastiest and most nutritious gluten-free options for many people. Typically made from red lentils, also known as pulses, lentil pasta is more than just naturally gluten-free, it’s also:

  • Rich in dietary fiber (as much as 11g per serving)
  • High in protein (between 14-21g per 3 oz serving depending on brand)
  • A low-glycemic index food
  • Cholesterol-free
  • A great source of calcium, potassium, zinc, and iron

Gluten-free pasta from lentils are calorie dense (up to 100 calories per oz), so a little goes a long way toward filling your belly. For lunch or dinner, these pastas can be a great meatless meal accompanied by assorted veggies and topped with your choice of sauce or a vinaigrette.

When you cook gluten-free pasta from lentils, the water may appear cloudy. This is due to the starches cooking out of the legumes. Lentil pasta expands as it cooks: be sure to use a large pot with ample water as the water may foam (check instructions) and you want to give your noodles breathing room.

When choosing gluten-free pasta, if affordable, opt for organic varieties. You also want to make sure the brand does not harvest from genetically modified crops (GMO crops), so look for the “NON-GMO” label on the package. Some brands to look for include Tolerant, Modern Table, Pow! And Explore Cuisine.

Bon Appétit!

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