10 Healthy Types of Pasta

By Mickey Z., Planet Green

I go to the National Pasta Association for my noodle/macaroni news, and they say: “For generations, pasta has been a part of family traditions from weeknight meals to holiday feasts. From hearty lasagna to delicate pasta salad, the recipe possibilities are endless. Make pasta tonight and create a family tradition that will last for years to come.” Who am I to argue with that?

Whether it’s strands, ribbons, tubes, various shapes (bow ties, wagon wheels, etc.), or stuffed, this holiday season, let’s show some serious, organic love for pasta.

10 Healthy Ways to Appreciate Your Pasta and Noodles

1. Whole Wheat Pasta

Seven more grams of fiber and two more grams of protein per serving than white (semolina) pasta. Also, 100 percent whole grain pasta does not undergo the chlorine dioxide beaching process, which removes three-quarters of the vitamins and minerals.

2. Spelt Pasta
A distant cousin to wheat, spelt does not seem to cause sensitivities in most people who are intolerant of wheat.

3. Rice Pasta
Has a slightly unusual texture but is also gluten-free, wheat-free, and cholesterol-free.

4. Jerusalem Artichoke Pasta
High in protein, this type of pasta is helpful for digestion thanks to a prebiotic called inulin.

5. Kamut Pasta
This is the brand name for an ancient wheat called khorasan. A relative of modern durum wheat, kamut can often be eaten by people who are sensitive to modern wheat.

6. Quinoa Pasta
Very high in protein, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, quinoa pasta is fast becoming a popular gluten-free choice.

7. Soba Noodles
Thin Japanese noodles made of at least 30 percent buckwheat.

8. Udon Noodles
Thick Japanese noodles made by kneading wheat flour, salt, and water.

9. Ramen Noodles
Popular in Japan (and U.S. college dorms), ramen noodles are made from wheat flour, boiled, and put in various flavored soup. The taste of the noodles depends on the soup.

10. Raw “Pasta”
Just because you’ve chosen the living foods lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up the pasta experience. Use zucchini to create “Living Angel Hair.”

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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Angela N.
Angela N.3 years ago


Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon3 years ago

I don't know about the US but gluten-free pasta in Australia tastes horrible.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Great! Thanks for sharing.

Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams4 years ago

awesome i really need to change from white pasta..this helps alot thank you :)

Ioana Boca
Ioana B.4 years ago

i love pasta,so..many thanks

Susan Weihofen
Susan Weihofen4 years ago

more types of pasta yeah!

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer M.4 years ago

Yum! Love my pasta (: Thanks!

Kay O.
Kay O.5 years ago

Interesting and useful, thanks.