10 Must-Try Noodle Alternatives for Pasta Fanatics

by KELLY PLOWE, M.S., RD, CSSD  Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017
All pastas are not created equal.

The average, run-of-the-mill pasta you likely enjoyed as a child is typically made of semolina (wheat) and durum flour (wheat), with some added vitamins and mineral for good measure. A typical serving of this OG pasta contains about 200 calories, one gram of fat, 40 grams of carbohydrates, two grams of fiber and seven grams of protein.

These days the supermarket shelves are flooded with all types of pastas (veggie, rice, quinoa, bean, etc.) with all sorts of nutritional claims, from calorie-free or highfiber to highprotein or gluten-free. We sorted through the clutter to find the best of the best when it comes to nutritional bang for your buck and taste.
Here’s the lowdown on our nine favorite pastas available on the market.

Pro Tip for Pasta Portions

If you’ve ever read the nutrition facts panel on a package of pasta, understanding what a portion means can be kind of tricky. Typical portions are listed in grams and that’s for dry pasta; translating that to cooked pasta in cup portions can be confusing. A typical serving size of two ounces can range from two-thirds to about one cup of cooked pasta depending on the shape. For instance, two ounces of dry tortellini equals one-half cup, which cooks up to one cup. Meanwhile, a two-ounce serving of dry ziti is two-thirds of a cup, but it’s one and one-quarter cup cooked.