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How to make the perfect gluten free pasta

FODMAP meal plan - Gluten-free pasta

Pasta is a great addition to any dinner FODMAP meal plan as it cooks quickly and is so satisfying.  I’ve had a few people ask me how to make perfect gluten free pasta as they’ve had trouble in the past with the consistency when cooking.  Unfortunately, the gluten-free variety can be a lot more temperamental than traditional so you really have to watch it closely.  It can quickly go from al dente to a mush like texture which can ruin any good meal.

Below you will find my tried and true ways of making the most perfect gluten-free pasta but if you have something that works better for you please share!  My favorite brands are Trader Joes Brown Rice Pasta and Jovial Brand.

  • Fill a large pot with 3/4 full of water and boil on high until a rapid boil begins.
  • Generously salt the water and add pasta making sure to incorporate fully into the water.
  • Follow directions from the package but check at least 3 minutes early. You want the pasta to be more on the al dente side.
  • Stir every few minutes to ensure it does not stick to the bottom.
  • Drain pasta and reserve at least 1/2 cup pasta water to use for pasta sauce. Do NOT submerge in cold water. Serve immediately!

You can test out your new found pasta skills with the following recipes:

Pasta with roasted butternut squash & sage

Cherry Tomato & Fresh Basil Pasta Sauce

Pasta with Crabmeat, basil, and lemon

Pasta into a Pot of Boiling Water.

Pasta into a Pot of Boiling Water.

Draining Pasta.

Draining Pasta.

Enjoy your big bowl of pasta!

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FODMAP meal plan - Gluten-free pasta

How to make the perfect gluten-free pasta

  • Author: Fit fab FODMAP
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Gluten-free pasta can be tricker than “normal” pasta.  I’m sharing my tips on making the best pasta!


  • 1 package of gluten-free pasta (I love Trader Joes brown and quinoa pasta)
  • Salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil



  1. Boil a large pot of water on high heat.
  2. Once water begins to boil add a big pinch of salt and drizzle of oil to the pot.
  3. Add pasta and gently stir.
  4. Continue to boil until pasta is al dente, according to pasta instructions.

Keywords: gluten-free pasta, gluten-free pasta recipe, fodmap safe pasta recipe

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