Just because gluten is banned from your diet doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself of pasta.

Giving up gluten can lead to enjoying a whole slew of new foods, but more importantly, perhaps, is the fact that pasta dishes can still be enjoyed. While wheat is obviously banned in gluten-free Italian dishes, corn, rice, chickpea flour, potato and quinoa are all used to make pastas with new textures and tastes -- some even better than their glutinous originals. Yes, it's true!

Rice pasta is reminiscent of Asian rice noodles, used in curries and stir fries, and offers a light carbohydrate that soaks up the sauce. Corn and quinoa pastas taste a bit nuttier and add another dimension to dishes with sauces that bring out the nutty flavor.

Even if you're not gluten-free, celebrate pasta month with these tasty gluten-free pastas.

All-American Mac and Cheese at S'MAC

Sarita's Mac and Cheese, otherwise known as S'MAC
Sarita's Mac and Cheese, otherwise known as S'MAC serves all of their mac and cheese creations with gluten-free elbow noodles and without bread crumb topping to make them safe for gluten-free eaters! Go for the All-American with American and Cheddar cheeses or branch out and opt for Spanish, French or Cajun alternatives. (Credit: FACEBOOK/eatsmac)

Pasta Shué Shué at Adelina's

This comforting pasta dish at Greenpoint's Adelina's is
This comforting pasta dish at Greenpoint's Adelina's is made with chopped cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and walnuts, all mixed with an al dente corn pasta imported from Italy. Salty, savory and just a hint of sweetness from the cooked tomatoes make this an excellent dish you would never even know is 100% gluten-free! (Credit: Melissa Kravitz )

Veal Agnolotti with Parsnip, Espresso, and Grana Padano at Del Posto

Chef Mark Ladner at four-star restaurant Del Posto
Chef Mark Ladner at four-star restaurant Del Posto can make almost the entire pasta menu gluten-free -- and yes, that includes Del Posto's signature 100 layer lasagne alla Piastra. This is the type of gluten-free cooking that even gluten lovers crave. (Credit: FLICKR/breville)

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All the pastas at Bistango

Since 2006, Bistango has built its new reputation
Since 2006, Bistango has built its new reputation on serving gluten-free pastas and stuffed pastas, along with gluten-free bread, pizza, beer and cocktails, for a celiac-friendly Italian experience. Think fusilli and ravioli in homemade sauces-- all without any trace of gluten! We'll drink a gluten-free beer to that. (Credit: FACEBOOK/BistangoNYC)

Homemade Gluten-free pasta at L'artusi

L'artusi makes homemade gluten-free pastas to substitute in
L'artusi makes homemade gluten-free pastas to substitute in almost any of their seasonal dishes! Try the garganelli with mushroom ragu and ricotta salata or the bucatini with tomato, pancetta and pecorino. (Credit: L'artusi )

Corn Penne at Tavola

This rustic Hell's Kitchen trattoria imports their gluten-free
This rustic Hell's Kitchen trattoria imports their gluten-free pasta from Italy, along with many of their ingredients. Tavola creates glorious gluten-free dishes with fresh veggies and seafood, like shrimp with tomatoes, garlic and Sicilian olive oil. (Credit: Tavola)

Garlic, Herbs, Olive Oil & Artichokes Pasta at Siggy's Good Food

Siggy's Good Food serves a brown rice penne
Siggy's Good Food serves a brown rice penne topped with wilted kale and pine nuts for an extra crispy touch! (Credit: FACEBOOK/Siggys-Good-Food)