Is there anything better or more versatile than pasta? With an almost infinite variety of shapes and flavors, this meal staple is a beloved ingredient around the world. Unlike many carb-heavy foods, it’s also incredibly easy to find a gluten-free pasta recipe for any occasion. From cold salads to cheese and sauce heavy baked dishes to everything in between, this is one dish you’ll never have to forgo.
Top 50 Gluten-Free Pasta Meals
No matter what your tastes or dietary restrictions, this list has something you’ll love. There are also some of the greatest family-friendly recipes, comfort foods, updated classics and more. Here is the definitive list of the 50 best pasta recipes from around the internet – with absolutely no gluten!
1. Asiago Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Who said food that tastes good has to be bad for you? The brown rice penne called for in this recipe is a rather sturdier and more chewy option than traditional wheat pasta, so it holds up well when drenched in this creamy, cheesy sauce. When accompanied by generous chunks of lean white chicken breast, fresh spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, this is a one-dish meal that hits all the key points on the food pyramid. It’s also great for getting picky kids to eat their vegetables – and enjoy them! You’ll be amazed at how quickly and deliciously this pasta dish comes together.
2. Crazy Good Peanut Noodles
Forget about your favorite peanut noodle takeaway. This super-easy, insanely healthy recipe might just be your new favorite. Because the “noodles” are made from your favorite veggies, it’s not technically a pasta dish. However, with the amazing peanut sauce, that’s a technicality you’ll be glad you let slide. If you love Asian-inspired cuisine, this fast and easy recipe is perfect for a short lunch period, rushed dinner or lazy days when you don’t feel like doing a lot of work but want something that tastes great. The most amazing part? It’s not only gluten-free, but contains absolutely no grains whatsoever! It’s also perfect for those following the paleo diet.
3. Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
For this recipe, you can use any gluten-free pastas you like. The real star of this dish is the sauce. If you’ve never roasted your own red peppers before, you’re in for a treat. It’s very easy and makes the whole kitchen smell amazing. Fresh roasted peppers also have a slightly smoky flavor that complements garlic and shallots perfectly, giving extra depth to a standard sauce. You can also tweak this recipe easily. There are very few ingredients, so it’s easy to adjust the spiciness or experiment with different colors of bell peppers!
4. Gnocchi “Mac” and Cheese
What happens when you take one of the most beloved comfort foods of childhood and give it a sophisticated, grown-up twist? A chewy, delightfully gluten-free “macaroni” and cheese! This recipe can be easy, by using packaged gnocchi, or you can use the provided recipe for homemade potato gnocchi. Fresh potato gnocchi is a little tricky to get right the first time you make it, but it’s well worth the effort. Especially when it’s encased in a creamy, cheese sauce that will appeal to all ages!
5. One Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Lentil Pasta
This dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan pasta dish is a one pot recipe. It’s not only very good for you, but there’s minimal clean-up, making it perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. The traditional flavors of a tomato-basil pasta sauce go perfectly with the lentil pasta. It’s a lot better for your health than traditional wheat or rice pastas, and very high in both fiber and protein, but it needs a strong sauce. This pairing is a unique twist on a standard Neapolitan pasta dish, but it tastes so good no one will guess it’s actually quite good for you!
6. Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowls
This isn’t even a gluten-free twist on a recipe. Traditionally, Mongolian beef noodles are made with gluten-free rice noodles. Just be sure to get the authentic Chinese noodles for maximum flavor and a reliable texture. While this isn’t the easiest recipe on our list, you’ll swear you turned your own kitchen into your favorite Chinese restaurant. While it also isn’t the best for your waistline, due to the stir frying and sticky sauce, one bite and you won’t even care!
7. Zucchini Pasta Lasagna
When the best part of a lasagna is the filling, why waste calories on unnecessary pasta? This recipe is ingenious. It takes the current trend of making zucchini noodles and makes them even easier. No spiralizer required! Instead, you just get mouthful after mouthful of cheese, meaty tomato sauce, and melt-in-the-mouth zucchini. If you have further dietary restrictions, there are even instructions for how to make this recipe suit a vegetarian diet as well as a gluten-free diet.
8. Easy Spinach Pesto Pasta
If you’re looking to get more iron or fiber in your diet, look no further than this gluten-free pasta recipe. It’s got a huge amount of spinach, making it as healthy as can be. It also happens to be vegan, so this is one pasta dish that will fit into just about anyone’s diet! While cream or tomato-based sauces seem to be more popular these days, this update on a traditional pesto will appeal to both kids and adults. It’s creamy and thick to coat your pasta with a generous portion for each and every bite!
9. Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Baked Penne
As far as gluten-free pastas go, most recipes fall into the “good for your health” camp. However, sometimes a big helping of unhealthy but oh-so-delicious comfort food is just what the doctor ordered. Enter this incredible casserole. With lean chunks of chicken breast, chopped fried bacon and tangy ranch mixed together, it’s anything but good for you. Your health, that is. Anything that tastes this amazing must be great for your soul! Save this recipe for holidays and family get-togethers for a comforting meal that everyone will want a second or even third helping of.
10. Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles
Much like the Mongolian beef noodles, this traditional Thai recipe is innately gluten-free. It’s also incredibly delicious, combining the rich flavors of traditional Thai cookery, such as peanuts, sesame seeds, lime and fresh, crunchy vegetables. Don’t let the name throw you off. This gluten-free pasta recipe is perfect when made according to the instructions, but if spicy foods aren’t your thing, that’s an element that can easily be scaled up and down. While the strong flavors of this dish won’t appeal to everyone, and may not be the most kid-friendly offering on this list, it’s a great lunch or dinner time meal that can be enjoyed either hot or cold.