One of the hardest things to give up when you go gluten free is pasta. We all love a beautiful bowl of pasta to warm you up form the inside or fill that emotional hole that only pasta can.

I tried so many different brands and varieties and some were very expensive, up to $16 per packet. Some were slimy, others had weird textures and I never felt the satisfaction of real pasta. My sister found Buontempo Gluten & Wheat free pasta at the local supermarket. We hadn’t seen it before and had very low expectations as it was sooooo cheap – less than $4.00.

What I buy: My favourite pasta

The first time I made it I undercooked it and the second time I overcooked it… it was a bit of a GoldieLocks situation. Eventually I got it just right and it is by far the best gluten free pasta I’ve ever eaten. My whole family exclusively eats Buontempo Gluten & Wheat free pasta. Even though I am the only person with a severe wheat and gluten intolerance everyone really enjoys this pasta and no one feels bloated and sleepy after a bowl of Italian inspired goodness..

This pasta is made of 88% Rice Flour and 12% Maize Flour. I cook it for 12 mintues exactly… a little bit more and the pasta will become soft and start to break up.

I measure out 2 handfuls of dry pasta per person and add one extra handful for the pot. Cook in a large pot of boiling water with a good pinch of salt and a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Without the oil the pasta will stick together. When cooked serve with whatever pasta you would otherwise use… just take note to stir in the sauce gently so as to not break up the pasta.

I was pleased to know that it is made in Melbourne Australia. They have been making gluten free pasta for over 20 years… no wonder they get it so right. You can buy Buontempo Gluten & Wheat free pasta at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Foodworks. If you can’t find it, you can always get in touch with them.