Development of gluten-free and egg-free pasta based on quinoa (Chenopdium quinoa Willd) with addition of lupine flour, vegetable proteins and the oxidizing enzyme POx


The aim of this research was to develop gluten-free (GF) and egg-free quinoa pasta with high nutritional value. Extruded and non-extruded quinoa (red and white) flour, potato starch, tara gum, and potato, pea and rice protein isolates were investigated in different recipes, some of them included egg white as an initial reference point. Results showed that extruded quinoa flour, potato starch and tara gum had deteriorating effects on GF and egg-free pasta firmness and cooking quality. Lupine flour addition itself was not able to replace egg white when added in the same amounts, but after increasing the concentration to 12%, the firmness and cooking quality decreasing effects could be improved again, especially when tara gum was absent in the formulations. In the final recipe, the content of lupine flour was increased to 30% because its protein is complementary to the quinoa protein. From the three studied protein isolates, pea protein was superior to potato or rice protein, addition of the oxidizing enzyme POx could even further improve texture firmness. After these trials, the final recipe containing lupine flour, pea protein and POx showed satisfying GF noodle quality and possessed a valuable nutritional composition with high protein and dietary fibre content.


Pasta is one of the most popular foods in many places in the world, because of their simplicity, palatability, long shelf-life, and accessible cost, qualities that have caused their worldwide production to increase from 7 to 12 million tons per year during the past decade [1,2,3]. The special qualities of pasta, low cooking loss, high firmness, adhesiveness and tolerance to overcooking result from the high gluten quality of durum wheat flour, which is mainly responsible for the formation of the matrix structure [4].

For persons that are sensitive to gluten (e.g. coeliac disease patients), and/or for people who wish to exclude gluten from their diet for various reasons a growing interest in the development of (GF) food products has generated [5]. Currently available GF products are often based on starch, mainly from rice and maize, which results in products with a low nutritive value [1]. According to Saturni et al. [6] deficits in intake of proteins, fibres, minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc) and vitamins (folate, niacin, vitamin B12 and riboflavin) occur. Pasta from quinoa would be a good alternative due to their high nutritional value (e.g. balanced amino acid composition) and bioactive compounds (e.g. vitamins like folate, tocopherols and flavonoids like kaempferol and quercetin) [7,8,9]. Another possibility to increase the nutritive value is the combination of lupine (legume with 43% of protein) and quinoa since their proteins are complemented by the composition of their limiting amino acids [8].

Many studies have focused on replacing the gluten network in pasta. Additives and texturizing ingredients like protein isolates, hydrocolloids, emulsifiers and modified starches are commonly used for their ability to improve the quality of GF pasta. Also, different production processes, such as heating, extrusion cooking, annealing, or high drying temperature, have been explored [1, 11, 12, 14]. Heat-treated flours in which starch is already partially gelatinized could be suitable for GF pasta formulations [1, 12,13,14,15,16]. The ideal starch for GF pasta products should have a marked tendency to retrograde; this property generally is observed in high amylose cereals and legumes (e.g. mung bean starch) [10, 17, 18]. They could increase the viscosity of the dough matrices and give good texture and overall quality in pasta GF [1, 15, 16]. Recently, mathematical modelling is used to optimize biopolymer (starch, gums and proteins) and water interaction in GF formulation for pasta [14]. The use of non-gluten proteins in the production of GF pasta products positively affects structure, texture, sensory properties as well as nutritional quality in particular, by reducing amino acid deficits [12, 19]. The most frequently used protein isolates in GP pasta are: egg proteins, milk proteins, whey proteins, defatted soy flour and fish powder [12, 20]. GF pasta including egg protein was reported to have good textural characteristics particularly regarding its viscoelastic behaviour (springiness, resilience and adhesiveness), while elasticity was mainly affected by dough moisture [14, 21]. Whey protein concentrate incorporation to sweet potato produces high-quality pasta and low starch digestibility due to strong starch–protein network formation [20]. Other additives and texturizing ingredients like hydrocolloids or gums are commonly used for their ability to form a gel. They can provide high consistency, improve firmness, give body and mouthfeel to pasta [1]. Finally, enzyme technology during the production process seems to be a promising alternative. Proteins, starch and arabinoxylans (AX) are structure-building ingredients for producing GF pasta. Their contribution to the rheology in the GF system can be improved using oxidizing enzymes [24]. The applications of various enzymes have been investigated for GF products (usually bread) [12, 22,23,24]. From the group of oxidases, glucose oxidase (E.C. (GO) has been used in gluten-containing systems for bread, a less common alternative, which was found to have similar effects to GO, is pyranose-2-oxidase (POx) (E.C., although its application in food is still rare [25, 26]. This enzyme catalyses the oxidation of C2 and C3 of mono- and disaccharides in the presence of oxygen to the corresponding dicarbonyl derivatives and H2O2 [27]. This oxidative reaction favours different scenarios, like the formation of S–S linkage between thiol groups of proteins [25, 26] which could also occur with non-gluten proteins [22]; crosslinking between arabinoxylans (AX) favoured by oxidised ferulic acid residues in the presence of H2O2 [24,25,26]; crosslinking promotion between AX and proteins for example, di-tyrosin and tyrosin-ferulic acid crosslinks [26], which increase water binding capacity; also starch crosslinking at glucose oxidized points has been suggested could be increase the viscosity of the dough. All of that contributes to stability of batter and end product quality because the final network is able to keep starch and water after cooking [24].

The main objective of this work was to develop a GF and egg-free quinoa pasta with high nutritional value. In detail, the following effects were studied: (1) addition of extruded quinoa flour and tara gum (2) replacing egg white protein with lupine flour and (3) adding vegetable proteins and POx-enzyme.

Materials and methods

Raw materials

Two varieties of organically grown quinoa were used: Real [white, origin Bolivia, derived from Naturmühle GmbH (Ebelsberg, Austria)] and Pasankalla (red, origin Perú, derived from the National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA), Puno Experimental Station, Perú). Both varieties were milled to flour with a particle size < 0.35 mm using a pin mill (Pallmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. K. G., Zweibrücken, Germany) for the quinoa Real and a rotor beater mill SR 300 (Retsch Co., Düsseldorf, Germany) for quinoa Pasankalla. Lupine whole flour was purchased from Raab Vitalfood Gmbh, (Rohrbach, Germany), potato starch from Roquette frères (Lestrem, France), tara gum from Avantari—International Center for Therapies and Medical Research (Lima, Perú). Potato protein (solanic 100, protein content > 90 g/100 g), rice protein (MB-rice protein FOOD S25 KG, protein content 79 g/100 g) and pea protein (MB-pea protein isolate, protein content 84–88 g/100 g) were bought from Brenntag Austria GmbH (Vienna, Austria). The POx enzyme (pyranose-2-oxidase) was produced at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna, Austria) as described by Bender et al. [24]. The activity of the enzyme used was 50 U/ml. One ml of this enzyme, equivalent to a supplementation level of 2.78 nkat/g in flour was used. This dose is within the range evaluated by Decamps et al. [28] (0.09–9.86 nkat/g of flour), who reported that this dose was the lowest needed to get a maximum effect in strengthening in yeastless bread dough [28].

Extrusion cooking

The flour of quinoa Pasankalla was extrusion cooked in a twin-screw, co-rotating extruder (DSE-32, Jinan Dingrun Machinery Co. Ltd., Jinan, Shandong, China). The screws had a diameter of 32 mm with a length to diameter ratio of 19. The extruder had four barrel zones from the feeder to the die; the temperature for each zone was set at 60, 80, 100 and 110 °C, respectively. According to pre-trials (detailed results not presented here) the optimum moisture content for extrusion cooking of quinoa flour was determined to be 20%, and the screw speed was set at 100 rpm. After extrusion cooking, the extrudates were dried at 40 °C, milled and sieved using a rotor beater mill SR 300 (Retsch, Co, Düsseldorf, Germany). All quinoa flour samples were vacuum packed in plastic bags and stored at room temperature until use.

Pasta production

Detailed pasta (type tagliatelle) recipes are shown in Table 1. In order to develop pasta with a high content of protein and fiber without gluten and egg, experimental activities were designed in three stages as follows: In the first stage, the effect of extruded and tara gum were investigated using a basic pasta formulation elaborated in pre-trials (results not shown) that yet contained egg white and potato starch. In the second stage, the basic pasta formulation was adapted according to the results achieved in stage 1 and the potential of lupine flour to replace egg white was investigated. In the third stage, the attempt was to further increase pasta firmness and with it the nutritional value of the pasta, by evaluating the effect of replacing potato starch with lupine flour in the basic recipe and studying the addition of vegetable proteins (peas, rice and potatoes) as well as the oxidizing enzyme POx.

Table 1 Recipes for pasta studying the effects of extruded quinoa flour, tara gum, lupine flour, various vegetable proteins and the enzyme POx

For preparation of the pasta all dry raw materials were blended for 1 min at lowest speed using a Bear Varimixer™ (RN10 VL-2, Wodschow & Co., Broendby, Denmark); then water was added slowly within 1 min (to final water content according to Table 1); in the indicated tests the POx enzyme was added to the water at a concentration of 2.78 nkat/g of flour, according Bender et al. [24]. By increasing the speed to approximately 190 rpm mixing was continued for 15 min. The dough obtained was extruded using a laboratory-scale pasta press (Model P3; La Monferrina Co., Castell’Alfero, Italy). The die used was of band noodle shape (tagliatelle, width 10 mm). The fresh pasta (about 30 cm in length) were put on racks and dried for 8 h at 60 °C.

Cooking properties of pasta

Cooking properties were determined as described by AACCI Approved Method 66-50.01 [29]. All samples were determined in triplicate.

Cooking time

In a small cooking pot, 300 mL of water was heated until boiling. 25 ± 0.5 g of pasta was added to the boiling water without stopping the water from boiling. In 30-s intervals, pasta was taken out and pressed between two plexiglass sheets. Cooking time corresponded to the disappearance of the white central core of the pasta.

Cooking loss

During cooking, some part of the pasta is dissolved in water. The cooking loss is determined gravimetrically by weighing the residues after evaporating the cooking water. The pasta was cooked according to the determined cooking time. Cooking water collected from each sample was evaporated until constant weight in an air oven at 105 °C. The residue was weighed and reported as percentage of the original pasta sample according to following equation:

$${\text{CL }}\left( \% \right) \, = \, \left( {{\text{weight of dried residue in cooking water}}/{\text{dry weight of the sample}}} \right) \, \times \, 100$$

Cooking weight

Cooking weight is the weight gain of the pasta during cooking. Each pasta sample was cooked according to the determined cooking time, and the cooking weight was calculated according to following equation:

$${\text{CW }}\left( \% \right) \, = \, \left( {{\text{weight of cooked pasta }}/{\text{weight of raw pasta}}} \right) \, \times \, 100$$

Firmness of pasta

The pasta was cooked in boiling water to the specific cooking time and rinsed in 25–26 °C water for 15 s with the help of a plastic strainer to drain the excess water. Finally, the pasta was covered with cold water in a small beaker for determination of pasta firmness using a Texture Analyzer (Model TA-XT2i, Stable Micro Systems™ Co., Godalming, UK). A single pasta strand was placed in the centre of the measuring area and cut with a light knife blade attachment (thickness 1 mm). The maximum force value was recorded as pasta firmness. Test parameters were 1 mm/s pre-test speed, 0.1 mm/s test speed, 10 mm/s post-test speed; distance was adjusted to a maximum of 1 mm and 0.020 N was fixed as trigger force.

Theoretical nutritional value of the obtained pasta obtained

The proximal composition of the optimal pasta elaborated from quinoa flour, lupine flour, pea protein and POx-enzyme (QLP12-X, Table 1), was calculated taking into account the per cent of each ingredient reported in Table 1. Composition data for each ingredient were derived from own measurements of the proximal composition of quinoa Real, composition reported for lupine flour from Raab Vitalfood Gmbh, (Rohrbach, Germany) and pea protein from Brenntag Austria GmbH, (Vienna, Austria). The contribution of calories per 100 g of pasta was evaluated considering the acceptable ranges of macronutrient distribution for healthy diets [30]. The amino acid composition of the selected pasta was calculated taking into account the amino acid composition of each ingredient. For quinoa (Real), values published by the Comité Técnico Complejo Quinua Altiplano Sur [31] were taken, for lupine flour the amino acid composition given by Raab Vitalfood Gmbh, and for pea protein the values reported by Amarakoon [32] were used. The chemical score of the protein for the selected pasta was evaluated based on amino acid requirements for adults published by WHO/FAO/UNU [33]. The calculation of amino acids adjusted for digestibility of the pasta was obtained considering a weighted average of digestibility; values previously published by Repo-Carrasco-Valencia [8] for quinoa, by Pereira Monteiro et al. [34] for Lupinus albus, and by Gabriel et al. [35] for pea were used.

Statistical analysis

The data obtained from the three experimental trials were expressed as mean ± standard deviation (SD). Statistical effects of selected ingredients on firmness were determined by one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). Differences between group means were analysed by Tuckey’s test. When comparing only two treatments, ANOVA for two samples was applied. All tests were performed using Statgraphics centurion software version 18 (Stadpoint Technologies, Inc., The Plains, VA; USA) at significance level of p < 0.05.

Results and discussion

Effect of extruded quinoa flour and tara gum on pasta based on quinoa flour and potato starch

The proximal composition of quinoa Real flour was 8.9% moisture, 11.34% protein, 8.59% fat, 2.55% ash, 60.37% starch and 12.46% total dietary fibre. For quinoa Pasankalla it was 9.54% moisture, 11.7% protein, 8.3% fat, 1.88% ash, 60.60% carbohydrate and 7.98% total dietary fibre. Both quinoas have a fairly similar proximal composition, differing only in their colour due the presence of betalains in the red variety. It was chosen to evaluate red Pasakalla extruded quinoa, a variety from the Peruvian Andes, in order to give it a commercial application, increasing its consumption.

The effect of incorporating extruded quinoa Pasankalla flour to pasta is shown in Table 2 and Fig. 1. The cooking losses of the pasta ranged from 7.36 to 15.15% and were within the range of 2.2 to 21.6% found in 456 observations of 66 enriched pasta studies that were evaluated with meta-analysis by Mercier et al. [36]. Cooking weight was between 304 and 379%. No clear effect of extruded flour addition could be seen, while tara gum addition seemed to decrease it. On the other hand, the firmness of the quinoa pasta was significantly influenced by the inclusion of extruded quinoa Pasankalla flour (Q–A, QQE10-A, QQE20-A vs. QQE35-A, Greek superscripts) (see Fig. 1). By addition of extruded quinoa flour, the firmness of the pasta decreased significantly (α = 0.05); when 50% of the native quinoa flour was replaced by extruded quinoa flour, this behaviour was observed in both with (Q–A vs. QQE35-A, shown by Greek superscripts) and without gum in formulations (Q-B vs. QQE35-B, shown by upper case superscripts in the Table 2). In contrast, Cabrera-Chávez et al. [15] significantly increased the firmness of amaranth and amaranth/rice pastas by addition of extruded rice flour or extruded rice mixture with amaranth. However, Cabrera–Chávez et al. [15] also observed a smaller firmness increase in the pasta made with the extruded rice in comparison with the one that contained the extruded mixture rice-amaranth. In the case of reduction of firmness due to the use of extruded quinoa, this could be explained as due to: (1) possible reduction of the amylose content during extrusion cooking due to the formation of an amylose–lipid complex. This phenomenon was observed by Wang et al. [37], who reported significantly lower amylose and lipid values in brown rice flour after extrusion cooking, a phenomenon also observed by Lamberts et al. [38]; (2) the low content of amylose in various genotypes of quinoa (7–27%) compared to common starches [39], where quinoa Pasankalla reports 14% amylose [40]; (3) the susceptibility of starch granules to thermomechanical damage during extrusion cooking. Low feed humidity (FM ≤ 20%) and increasing temperature would cause a dextrinization of starch that prevails over the gelatinization phenomenon, decreasing its water retention capacity. This is evaluated by the water absorption index (WAI) and an increase in the water solubility index (WSI) [13, 41]; (4) to the higher quantity of damaged starch caused by higher extruder screw speed. This is induced by higher mechanical shear, subsequently increasing the soluble molecules, which results in a decrease in WAI values [42], and an increase in WSI values. In this study screw speed was 100 rpm; (5) a high degree of gelatinization and degradation of the starch during extrusion at low FM levels decreases the viscosity of the pasta dough [13]; (6) the possible separation between amylose and amylopectin when subjected to high extrusion temperature would generate a matrix depending on water-binding hydrophilic groups, but due to the possible hydrophobic nature of quinoa proteins this leads to the reduction of the WAI [43].

Table 2 Effects of extruded quinoa flour and tara gum on the quality of quinoa pasta
Fig. 1

Quinoa pasta (cooked); Q–A (quinoa flour), QQE10-A (quinoa flour, extruded quinoa flour 10%) QQE20-A(quinoa flour, extruded quinoa flour 20%) QQE35-A (quinoa flour, extruded quinoa flour 35%)

The addition of tara gum influenced pasta firmness (QQE35-A vs. QQE35-B lower case superscripts) as well, although in the recipes Q–A and Q-B tara gum had no effect (upper case superscripts). The difference between QQE35A/B to QA/B was that the first two contained extruded flour, while the second two did not, so the firmness decreasing effect of the extruded flour was obviously further influenced by tara gum addition.

Due to the fact that extruded quinoa flour had a negative effect on the characteristics of the gluten-free quinoa pasta, causing the firmness of the quinoa pasta to decrease, it was discarded in the following trials. On the other hand, the effect of tara gum was not fully clear; thus its addition was considered again in the next trials.

Effects of replacing egg white with lupine flour

Lupine flour and its proteins are well recognised for their excellent emulsifying and foaming ability, as well as its water- and fat-biding capacity; therefore, they are promising to replace egg white in many products. In Table 3 the properties of pasta with lupine flour and without egg-white indicates that the cooking losses of the pasta made with lupine flour was between 9.3 and 12.81%, thus a little lower than in the pasta prepared with egg-white (Table 2). According to Xu and Mohamed [44], the lupine proteins, mainly globulins, can form strong suspensions with water, contributing to increased viscoelastic properties. Working with Lupinus albus, the viscoelastic coefficients G’ and G’’ were similar to gluten depending on the concentration, even though the proteins were different. They both showed similar behaviour on relaxation studies. The influence of fat in lupine was not significant for the viscoelastic properties. Firmness of the quinoa pasta was significantly influenced by lupine flour and tara gum. Compared to egg white, lupine flour replacement resulted in significant softer pasta (0.64 N in QSL6-B vs. 1.17 N in Q-B (p < 0.05). An explanation for this might be found in the findings of Xu and Mohamed [44], who reported that in the case of lupine suspensions the protein entanglement allowed the relaxation after a long time (favouring softer pasta characteristics). In the case of cross-linked chemical networks formed by proteins such as egg white or denatured albumin, no relaxation is possible (leading to firmer pasta). In the case of lupine suspensions the interactions between proteins are more physical and intermolecular than chemical, while in egg white a more tightly network is formed by cross-linked chemically bonding. Egg white albumins denature and expose thiol groups that favour chemical reactions of disulphide type forming network. For lupine proteins, gel formation by non-covalent interactions, such as the hydrophobic and ‘Van der Waals’ interactions, hydrogen and the ionic interactions, seemed to be more relevant [45,46,47].

Table 3 Effects of replacing egg white with lupine flour on firmness and cooking properties of cooked quinoa pasta

There are some works that studied different proteins as structuring building ingredients for GF noodle structure. According to Marti et al. [48], egg albumen gave pasta of better appearance, with lower cooking loss (8.1%) and firmer texture. Nutritionally they were more valuable than other proteins. Pasta made with 15% addition of liquid albumen to parboiled rice showed starch molecules homogeneously surrounded by a protein network, which was stabilized mostly by hydrophobic interactions rather than by disulfide bonds. Schoenlechner et al. [49] obtained pasta with adequate texture characteristics using 6% egg white powder to a GF pasta formulation based on amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat. Mercier et al. [23] evaluated 66 studies of enriched pasta using meta-analysis and found 663 observations that included egg in their formulations.

It was found that firmness of the pasta improved significantly by increasing the lupine flour content from 6 to 12%, although higher increase up to 18% could not improve it further. This could be due to the fact that increasing the content of lupine flour increases the protein content directly, which would help to increase the entanglement of proteins that would trap the starches of the GF flours, increasing the viscosity of the dough and with it the firmness of the pasta. However, lupine flour showed only limited ability to perform this task; the firmness values obtained (0.74 N, 0.75 N) indicate that the texture characteristics of the pasta still needed to be improved with the incorporation of proteins from other sources that are able to form a network or give stability to pasta by other mechanisms.

Addition of tara gum to pasta made with lupine flour in the percentages of 12 and 18% (QSL12-B, QSL18-B) decreased pasta firmness significantly (QSL12-A, QSL18-A), which thus clarified the results obtained in the first stage (Table 2). So for the next trial series tara gum was discarded.

Effects of adding vegetable proteins and the oxidizing enzyme-POx

Firmness of the pasta made from quinoa flour (70%) and lupine flour (30%) was significantly influenced by the use of the oxidizing enzyme POx and the type of vegetable proteins (potato, pea or rice protein) (Table 4 and Fig. 2).

Table 4 Effects of adding vegetable proteins and the enzyme POX on firmness and cooking properties of cooked quinoa pasta
Fig. 2

Quinoa pasta: QLP6 (Quinoa flour, lupine flour 30%, pea protein 6%), QLP12 (quinoa flour, lupine flour 30%, pea protein 12%), QLP12-X (quinoa flour, lupine flour 30%, pea protein 6%, enzyme POx)

The firmness of the quinoa pasta to which pea protein was added (QLP6) was superior to the rice protein pasta (QLR6), although not significantly, but to the potato protein containing pasta it was significant. For further trials with POx potato protein was discarded. Increasing the content of pea or rice protein from 6 to 12% had no significant improving effect on firmness.

When the oxidizing enzyme- POx was added to the quinoa pasta with 12% rice or pea protein, a significant increase in firmness was achieved. This could happen because POx favours different oxidative reactions such as formation of S–S bonds between thiol groups of proteins, cross-linking of AX and AX, and promotion of cross-linking between proteins and AX. These phenomena have been widely tested in systems containing gluten, but Bender et al. [24] could also observe them in gluten-free systems (wholegrain millet). Sole addition of POX significantly improved the consistency and viscous properties of bread doughs based on millet. However, Bender et al. [24] mentioned that interaction with other components of flour such as proteins, or oxidation of starch, should also be considered. All this could contribute to the stability of the dough and the quality of the quinoa pasta.

Nutritional indicators calculated for the improved gluten-free, egg-free quinoa pasta

According to the obtained results in the previous trials, the quinoa pasta containing lupine flour, pea protein and POx (QLP12-X) was rated as the best recipe meeting the objective of a gluten-free and egg-free quinoa pasta. For this pasta the nutritional composition was calculated and is presented in Table 5. It was possible to obtain pasta with a content of 27.9% protein, 8.6% fat, 40.4% starch, 15.2% total dietary fiber, 2.8% ash and 7.7% humidity. The protein content of this GF and egg-free pasta (QLP-12X) was superior to most gluten-containing or gluten-free pasta. In addition, also the dietary fibre content was very high, which would allow to claim that the obtained pasta is high in protein and fibre.

Table 5 Chemical composition and ranges of macronutrient distribution of POx containing quinoa-lupine-pea pasta (QLP12-X)

According to the acceptable ranges of macronutrient distribution (ARM), the produced pasta made from quinoa flour, lupine flour and pea protein contributes 350.6 kcal/100 g to the diet, to which the proteins contribute 31.9%, fats 22.0% and carbohydrates 46.1% of total Kcal (Table 5). The Food and Nutrition Board of the United States proposes the consumption of diets that should exert a minimum risk for coronary heart disease, obesity and diabetes mellitus and regulates the contributions of macronutrients in acceptable ranges [17]. The elaborated quinoa pasta contributes a high content of protein, close to the maximum recommended values, due to carbohydrates, which are present in a smaller amount, close to the lowest recommended values. Within certain diets or circumstances (for example, malnutrition), a higher protein content can be advantageous. The fat content is within the range; additionally, these fats are of vegetable origin and, therefore, highly unsaturated, with more health benefits.

The amino acid composition and chemical score of the pasta (QLP12-X) is presented in Table 6. Leucine and valine were found to be the limiting amino acids in the pasta, with values higher than or equal to 0.9. The true digestibility (TD) of the pasta was exceptionally high (0.91), due to the nutritional characteristics of its ingredients. The chemical score adjusted to TD concluded lysine as the limiting amino acid of the pasta, although its value of 0.99 was high. Likewise, an excellent complement was found between the amino acids methionine and phenylalanine of quinoa, lupine and pea, which delivered values of 1.43 and 1.58, respectively. Thus, there was an excellent complementarity between the amino acids of quinoa, lupine and pea protein, as is suggested for the combination of cereal and legume proteins by Repo-Carrasco-Valencia [8].

Table 6 Amino acid composition and chemical score of the pasta (QLP12-X)


After numerous trials, an optimized recipe for a gluten-free and egg-free pasta from quinoa was elaborated. Several ingredients were investigated and either their amount of addition could be defined, or they were discarded from the recipe due to deteriorating effects on pasta quality.

Addition of extruded quinoa flour was not beneficial due to its firmness lowering effect in pasta, but we cannot conclude that this will always happen with other extrusion parameters that might be chosen by industry. When egg protein was replaced by lupine flour, it was observed that the higher the lupine flour content the higher was the firmness of the pasta; however, the final values for firmness were still lower than those obtained with egg white. The texture characteristics of this system did not benefit from the incorporation of tara gum; thus its use was discarded. Comparing the addition of potato, rice or pea protein, it was identified that pea protein showed a significant increase in pasta firmness, at amounts of at least 12% protein. The addition of the oxidizing enzyme-POx further improved the quality of the pasta, which suggests the formation of chemical associations cross-linked in the molecules, proving to be a good possibility to improve the GF pasta products, since so far only it has been tested in breads The optimal quinoa pasta had an adequate nutritional composition within the ranges recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board. A GF and egg-free pasta with a high protein content (27.9%) was obtained, in addition to being a good source of dietary fibre (15.2%). Overall, the final pasta can be considered of high nutritional value and presents thus a good alternative for human consumption.


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Open access funding provided by University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). The work for this study was part of the PROTEIN2FOOD project (European Union’s Horizon 2020, No. 635727). We thank UNALM and MINEDU for the financing of an internship to the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). Author Linares acknowledges a scholarship for her doctoral studies in the field of food science, from MINEDU-Perú (Project: CONV-000179-2015-FONDECYT-DE).

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Linares-García, L., Repo-Carrasco-Valencia, R., Glorio Paulet, P. et al. Development of gluten-free and egg-free pasta based on quinoa (Chenopdium quinoa Willd) with addition of lupine flour, vegetable proteins and the oxidizing enzyme POx. Eur Food Res Technol 245, 2147–2156 (2019).

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  • Quinoa
  • Lupine
  • Pasta
  • Gluten-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegetable proteins