Is orzo gluten free? Gluten free pasta and side dishes questions

Orzo is a popular rice shaped pasta that is often used in salads, and other Italian dishes. But, our main concern today is: Is orzo gluten free?

Is regular orzo gluten free?

NO, regular orzo is NOT gluten free. Although it resembles rice, it is actually pasta made from wheat flour. This means that regular orzo is definitely not gluten free, and if you have a gluten intolerance, allergy or you’re Celiac you shouldn’t eat regular orzo.

Is there gluten free orzo?

Thankfully, if you have a favorite recipe that calls for orzo, you can replace regular orzo with gluten free orzo. Generally, these gluten free varieties of orzo are pasta made with rice and corn flour, rather than wheat flour used in the traditional types. I went on a bit of a hunt for you guys to see what kind of gluten free orzo is available commonly in the marketplace.

Gluten free orzo brands

Gluten Free Mall currently does not carry gluten free orzo. They have other types of gluten free pasta, and I will check back and if they do start to carry orzo I’ll update this information.

Amazon.com currently DOES have gluten free orzo in stock:

  • DeLallo corn and rice orzo. Has an impressive 4.5/5 star rating.
  • Jovial grain free and gluten free orzo – this one has the same rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent option if you want not only gluten free orzo, but also a grain free option. It is made out of cassava flour. (If you’re curious about cassava, we wrote all about it in an article here.)

Amazon.ca currently has one type of gluten free orzo available:

Gluten free orzo – Conclusion

There you have it, you glorious gluten free eaters! There are options for gluten free orzo. You can also check at your favorite local health food or natural food stores to see if they stock it. Always check the label, and if your bag of pasta isn’t labelled GLUTEN FREE than just don’t eat it.

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