Pasta - the delicious meal that caused your latest downfall and temporary guilt for straining away from the healthy lifestyle you've been pursuing on Keto, low-carb, paleo, whole 30, or any other diet restricting your carb intake.
It's so hard to resist the regular pasta dishes we all love, but it's easy to find a delicious replacement that will take care of your carb cravings. And while we do understand that it's still not quite the same, it really is a good and satisfying low-carb alternative that will help you stay on track and reach your goals.
Without further ado, let's dive into our selection of low-carb pasta replacement recipes. And we guarantee that you will find your diet-friendly alternative to traditional pasta right here.
First, let's rank all our options and see which one has the absolute lowest carb content. We won't be looking at any specific brands and will be considering net carbs (total carbs minus fiber).
There are plenty of low-carb pasta and noodle products available these days, and you can quickly check the nutrition label.
Here are the seven low carb pasta substitutes ranked based on their net carb content:
Shirataki noodles, aka konjac noodles or 'miracle noodles,’ absolutely win when it comes to low-carb pasta. They contain glucomannan which acts as a dietary fiber and can't be broken down into energy. So these noodles are not only low in net carb content but also in calories.
Made from seaweed, water, and a type of salt extracted from brown seaweed, these noodles are very rich in iodine and extremely low in calories. You can get too much iodine, resulting in thyroid problems, so do not consume kelp noodles every day. Up to 4 servings per week are fine.
The spiralized vegetable pasta has been trending since 2016. Zucchini noodles are one of our favorites; they are low-cal, low-carb, and absolutely delicious—an excellent way to bring more vegetables into your diet as well. Check out our special on Zucchini Noodles too!
Another spiralized veggie pasta we love. Colorful, delicious, and full of vitamins.
Cauliflower rice is a go-to side dish for anyone following the keto diet or other low-carb dietary restrictions. But don't limit this wonderful cruciferous vegetable just to a rice substitute.
One more vegetable to spiralize and enjoy guilt-free. Excellent in both taste and texture, it's a beautiful choice for a low-carb pasta alternative.
There's a reason this fantastic winter squash contains 'spaghetti' in its name. It's a true star of low-carb pasta replacement. Another personal favorite for us at SideChef as well. Spaghetti squash is incredibly versatile. It makes our favorite traditional pasta dishes possible and combines perfectly with our favorite pasta sauces as well. Spaghetti squash with lemon and parmesan cheese is guaranteed to keep your cravings under control. Find Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Spaghetti Squash in our ultimate guide.
Recipes with Shirataki Noodles
Here you go! With just a few alternative ingredients, some boiling water or a baking sheet, olive oil, mozzarella cheese (or any cheese you personally prefer), and fragrant spices, low-carb noodles can be delightful.
Here's a bonus for those of you following the keto diet. Our in-house recipe for easy and delicious homemade Keto Noodles made with almond flour.
And a Keto diet-friendly Alfredo Sauce to toss with your homemade keto pasta too!