Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 June 2019

Barilla launches gluten-free pasta range in the UAE

Gluten-free versions of spaghetti, penne rigate, fusilli and tortiglioni will be available on supermarket shelves

Barilla gluten-free pasta. Courtesy Barilla
Barilla gluten-free pasta. Courtesy Barilla

In good news for those who love pasta but are gluten-intolerant, the Barilla group has launched a range of gluten-free pasta in the UAE. Made from rice and corn, there will be four varieties of the pasta available on our supermarket shelves - spaghetti, penne rigate, fusilli and tortiglioni.

"The UAE is seeing a changing demand in consumers’ choice of food, particularly a high interest in gluten-free products. Restaurants, as well as retail companies, are growing their product lines that fit the consumers’ dietary requirements,” said Loay Elkhouly, managing director, Barilla – MEA. “As such, we felt it was important to introduce a gluten-free pasta line for our customers, ensuring that it delivers the quality, taste and texture that pasta lovers expect from Barilla."

Here is a gluten-free pasta recipe from Barillo for you to try.

Gluten-free penne with tuna, capsicum and tomato and basil sauce

Serves 4


400g Barilla Gluten-Free Penne Rigate

400g Barilla Basilico sauce

½ red onion, thickly sliced

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp fresh red chilli

¾ yellow capsicum, cut in 1cm cubes

2 small cans of tuna in olive oil (180g each)

1 punnet of ripe truss tomatoes on the vine, quartered

8 leaves of basil, chopped

Extra virgin olive oil

Rock salt, for pasta water

Sea salt and pepper, to taste


▶ In a large frying pan, cook onion and garlic in a little oil.

▶ Once golden, add chilli, capsicum and cook for few minutes.

▶ Add one can of tuna with Barilla Basilico sauce and bring to a simmer.

▶ Add Barilla Gluten-Free Penne to plenty of salted boiling water (7g to a litre of water) and cook according to the instructions on the box.

▶ Drain the pasta two minutes before the suggested cooking time and toss it together with the sauce and fresh tomatoes.

▶ Add extra tuna and the chopped basil and serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Chef’s tip: This dish works equally as well as a pasta salad, just leave to cool and serve.

Updated: July 24, 2017 06:17 PM