We feel for you, gluten free pals. There just aren't many tasty pasta options out there. We made it our mission to test out a small chunk of the options for you and rated them on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the best!)
Ancient Harvest Garden Pagodas (8oz box at $2.69)
We tried this one first because it looked the most fun with its colors and interesting textures. This one was made out of quinoa, a unique alternative to the rice pastas you usually see in the aisles, so I decided to try it out. Needless to say it was pretty disappointing.
I cooked it for about 7 minutes in salted, boiling water. When it came out, the pagodas had mostly all broken apart and the texture can only be described as gummy. It was unfortunate because the quinoa did provide a good taste, but it was too gummy to enjoy. And at $2.69 for an 8oz box, this one was by far the most expensive.
Mueller's Gluten Free Penne (8oz box $1.38)
I typically like Mueller's pasta. This one wasn't bad, but it definitely did have that gluten free taste. You have to boil it for exactly the amount of time on the package, but that's the same for any gluten free noodle. Any extra time in the pot and they're mush. The texture was ok. Overall, it wasn't terrible.
Ronzoni Gluten Free Rotini (12 oz box $2.39)
Ronzoni did it right. The flavors and textures of this pasta taste really similar to regular wheat pasta. It had a nice, chewy consistency without being gummy like Ancient Harvest. It's a blend of brown rice, white rice, quinoa and corn, and I think that's what really helps out its flavor. I was very pleased and ate the rest of this one for dinner!
Publix Gluten Free Penne (12oz box at $1.50)
The cheapest option of the bunch. The texture of this pasta is extremely stiff, even after boiling it for the recommended time. What I noticed the most was the lack of taste. With Ancient Harvest, the texture was off, but the taste was pretty spot on. If you're going to go the gluten free route, I'd splurge a little bit and buy Ronzoni.
Why haven't we gone gluten free? The answer is we'd love to, but at our size, it's hard. We'd have to find a gluten free certified facility to make our mac, and we'd have to find that perfect pasta. We haven't found it yet, but we'll let you know when we do!