Today we’re going to be answering the question: do egg noodles have gluten? And taking a look at some of the best gluten-free egg noodles and other gluten-free noodle alternatives. Egg noodles are relatively straightforward to make. By the sound of their name, they sound like they could be gluten-free – let’s take a look!
Do Egg Noodles Have Wheat?
Despite their name stirring some hope that they may be appropriate for those following our lifestyle, egg noodles, unfortunately, contain wheat; therefore gluten. Egg noodles are usually made with wheat flour, eggs, milk, and butter. Like most gluten-containing products, it would be frustratingly easy to make these suitable for us. There are plenty of great gluten-free flours available to substitute the wheat flour. Despite this, there aren’t many gluten-free alternatives on the market.
Egg noodles have a very similar recipe and process to that of fresh pasta. Which, of course, also is not gluten-free. Egg noodles use a greater quantity of eggs to flour whereas pasta is the reverse. In fact, dried pasta contains no egg at all.
Gluten-Free Egg Noodles Brands
Unfortunately, there are very limited options available that are gluten-free – but let’s take a look at what the internet has to offer. There are also lots of tasty alternatives to egg noodles, which we’ll be taking a look at further on in this article.
Double Yolk’s range is quite large, considering the lack of options on offer as a whole. They even have different flavors available! The flavors have tomato and basil, and spinach. They also have a range of sizes and styles – high fiber, fine and medium. You can check out their full range here. These egg noodles are made in Ohio and only use a few ingredients. For example, their medium noodles contain: “Rice Flour, White Tapioca Starch, Millet Flour, Egg Yolk-Dried, Xanthan Gum, Water”. This makes them perfect for anyone following a gluten-free lifestyle.
Whilst Amish Valley products only stock one variety, they’re currently on offer and look absolutely delicious! The ingredients are very similar to the first brand we looked at, “White Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Millet Flour, Egg Yolk Dried, Xanthan Gum, Potato Starch, Water”. Egg noodles are perfect in soups, goulash, stroganoff – even chow mein! These would be perfect if you were looking to add them to any of those dishes.
Manischewitz is a certified gluten-free brand. They’re all-natural ingredients, no cholesterol, and no sodium. They are fine noodles which means they’re extremely thin – this would make them perfect for a soup. These noodles contain just three ingredients! “Potato flour, water, whole eggs“. You can find this alternative here.
Whilst there may be other brands available, these seemed to be the most accessible and highly rated.
Making Your Own
With the options being so limited and the recipe containing so few ingredients, it may be worth trying to make your own. The Frugal Farm Wife has a well-recommended recipe using just egg, water, salt, oil, and gluten-free flour. There’s a myriad of recipes online to suit a range of gluten-free lifestyles, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Alternatives To Egg Noodles
As previously mentioned, there are lots of great alternatives to egg noodles, that are just as tasty. Let’s take a look at some of the most accessible substitutes.
For me, rice noodles are definitely the tastiest and easiest gluten-free noodle to get your hands on. Most are naturally gluten-free, as they’re made with rice, instead of flour. There will likely be plenty of rice noodles readily available in your local grocery store. Rice noodles are also the far healthier alternative
One that comes highly recommended by fellow gluten-intolerant individuals are Ocean’s Halo. Their gluten-free noodles are vegan, organic, non-GMO, and very reasonably priced. The only ingredients are, “organic rice, organic tapioca, and water“. It’s worth noting that customers have been complaining that their new recipe isn’t quite as good as their old one – why do gluten-free brands do this to us?!
Thai Kitchen also make gluten-free rice noodles – they also have a wide range of other gluten-free products, so they’re certainly worth having a look at. Their noodles are extremely thin and are said to add a Thai flavor to any mealtime. Their only ingredients are rice and water! Very natural, indeed.
Shirataki Konjac Noodles
These noodles are long and thin – very low in calories and contain virtually zero fat. They have very little taste on their own but are perfect when added to a dish like a stir fry.
Yutaka Organic Shirataki Konjac noodles are well-loved and reasonably inexpensive. They’re suitable for vegans and vegetarians. They’re known as the “miracle noodle”, and it’s not hard to see why! Their only ingredients are “Water, Konjac Flour, Firming Agent: Calcium Hydroxide“.
These noodles are often made with ground rice, which makes them naturally gluten-free. They’re highly versatile and can be used in hot and cold dishes. They’re very thin and usually wrapped in plastic.
Be Sure To Browse
You should browse your local grocery stores and check the labels in the noodle section. Lots of noodles are naturally gluten-free, so wouldn’t necessary be in the gluten-free section. If you have an Asian food section, they often have a wide range of naturally gluten-free noodles. Foods that are naturally gluten-free are always cheaper than products that are made specifically gluten-free, so check your labels!
Looking To The Future
Hopefully, there’ll be more egg noodles available for us in the future because I, for one, certainly miss them. They’d be incredibly easy to make too! Do you know any gluten-free recommendations? I would love to know of any I’ve missed. There must be more out there somewhere! Also, if you have any simple recipes, please share them below for any others following a gluten-free lifestyle.
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