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A Running List of All the Best Alt-Pasta Products on the Market

Tehrene Firman

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Long gone are the days when pasta was made only from wheat flour. Now, grocery stores have a wide variety of alt-pasta products on those shelves—ones that provide all the comfort of eating a bowl of pasta, plus a whole lot of benefits thanks to the wholesome (and super-creative!) ingredients used to make them.

Alt-pastas made from chickpeas, lentils, brown rice, beans, quinoa, and beyond provide an impressive amount of nutritional benefits. They’re loaded with protein and fiber, as well as several other nutrients your body needs to thrive. What started with a couple brands has sky-rocketed into an endless amount of dinnertime options, and these are some of the best alt-pasta products on the market.

The best alt-pasta products you can buy

Chickpea pasta

Lentil pasta

Brown rice pasta

  • Jovial: brown rice spaghetti, penne, fusilli, elbows, lasagna, and more
  • Trader Joe’s: brown rice penne, fusilli, mini elbows, and spaghetti
  • Tinkyada: brown rice penne, spaghetti, fettuccine, elbows, shells, spirals, and more
  • Ancient Harvest: quinoa shells, penne, rotini, elbows, spaghetti, and linguini

Cassava pasta

  • Jovial: Cassava spaghetti, penne, elbows, orzo, and fusilli

Bean pasta

  • Explore Cuisine: adzuki bean spaghetti, edamame spaghetti, black bean spaghetti and fettuccine, and mung bean rotini and fettuccine
  • Trader Joe’s: black bean rotini

Quinoa pasta

  • Andean Dream: quinoa and rice fusilli, macaroni, shells, and spaghetti
  • Trader Joe’s: quinoa spaghetti, fusilli, and mini elbows
  • Ancient Harvest: quinoa shells, penne, rotini, elbows, spaghetti, and linguini

Cauliflower pasta

Here’s a delicious way to use red lentil quinoa pasta:

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