Finding a good gluten-free pasta if one of your family has coeliac disease or a gluten-intolerance used to be a real bore, but with new pastas using naturally gluten-free plants coming onto the market, it’s getting to be an easier task.
Really Healthy Pasta is exactly that – a new gluten-free pasta that uses legumes and gluten-free cereal – think chickpeas, lentils, mung beans and buckwheat, and it’s really very good.
Created by online health food store, GoodHealthNaturally.com, Really Healthy Pasta is naturally chemical free, hypoallergenic, free from grains, is certified organic, vegan, kosher and non-GMO. One average serving equals a full serving of vegetables and offers up 50% of our daily requirement for iron, 25% of our daily protein requirement and 46% of our recommended daily fibre intake. That’s packing quite a nutritional punch there.
But as with all foods gluten-free – taste can sometimes be a letdown. Having coeliac disease or a food intolerance shouldn’t mean you have to put up with bland and unappealing food. Not an easy task for manufacturers though.
I’ve tried traditional gluten-free pastas before but they all seemed to lack substance and density, something that makes pasta what it is – the ultimate comfort food. My kids are big pasta eaters and would have it at every meal if I let them. While I count my blessings that neither of them has a gluten intolerance, we were sent samples of Really Healthy Pasta, and I thought I’d put them to the taste test.
So, did Really Healthy Pasta pass the test?
We tried Chickpea and Buckwheat and Golden Flaxseed pastas in both penne and fusilli. So what’s it like?
Cooking – 10/10
Really Healthy Pasta is very easy to cook. Just place it in a pan of boiling water, reduce to a simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes, giving it a bit of a stir now and then to stop it sticking. Just a quick note – for this pasta to be at its best it really needs to be just cooked, al dente. I made the mistake of overcooking the first batch by a minute or so and it lost its bite and went a bit mushy. That means don’t put it on to boil and then walk away to feed the cat or make a quick phone call. Keep an eye on it.
Taste – 8/10
The versions we tried – Chickpea and the Buckwheat and Golden Flaxseed – both have a strong nutty taste which we all liked a lot. I tried serving it plain with a grating of cheese which worked, but these pastas also lend themselves very well to cold pasta salads or casseroles where they can absorb other flavours. Personally I liked this pasta best cold in a salad.
All the boxes have little recipes on the side which look great – I tried the Chickpea Penne Greek Salad and that was lovely.
Price and availability – 7/10
With a RRP of £2.99 for a 250g box (about 2 – 3 servings) this sits in the middle of the price-range for other gluten-free pastas that are available. I’ve seen cheaper but I’ve also seen more expensive. (It’s a shame that gluten-free food still costs more than “regular” food).
The pasta isn’t yet available at supermarkets but you can buy it online at www.goodhealthnaturally.com. There’s currently a “buy one and get the fourth free” offer (4 boxes for £8.97).
You can find out more about Really Healthy Pasta at www.reallyhealthypasta.com.
Meals Our Kids Love did not receive payment for this post but received free samples of Really Healthy Pasta to test, for the purpose of writing an honest review.