If you ever wondered if you could lose weight on keto and still enjoy some delicious pasta meals, then your answer is yes.
Pasta is a delicacy eaten almost everywhere across the globe. One reason people love it so much is because it’s quick and easy to prepare, and it goes well with quite a lot of combinations. Well, that and plus it’s yummy.
When since the keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet, you’ll need to cut down on all high carb foods to be able to enter and maintain the state of ketosis. (See our full guide to keto here)
So unfortunately, since regular pasta is very much high in carbs and isn’t exactly the “healthiest” meal, it’s not allowed on the keto diet. But hey, that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to it forever.
Thanks to a couple of wonderful low carb and keto-friendly alternatives, you can enjoy your favourite pasta meals, while still burning fat and maintain ketosis easily.
But before we jump into the delicious keto pasta recipes, let’s look at the common low carb pasta alternatives you can enjoy on keto.
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Low carb pasta alternatives
There are a lot of good low carb pasta alternatives that lets you enjoy all the good stuff, without having to feel like you’re missing out on anything and without falling off ketosis.
Here they are
Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are one of the most popular pasta alternatives on the keto diet. Apart from being relatively low in carbs, zucchini is also a very good low carb veggie with lots of health benefits as well.
Zoodles can be prepared through a couple of ways. But the best and easiest is by using a spiralizer to cut it up into long strips. They have a great texture as well and can easily replace regular pasta in a lot of scenarios. You’ll find some of the best zoodle recipes below.
2) Spaghetti squash
Spaghetti squash is also another wonderful low carb pasta alternative you can enjoy. It’s pretty easy to prepare. All you need to do is to cook or bake the squash and scrape out the interior.
It has a pasta-like look and is also loaded with lots of good nutrients and vitamins as well. Plus, it won’t throw you off ketosis. A definite yay.
3) Shirataki noodles
Also known as miracle noodles or konjac noodles, they make a good keto pasta alternative as well. They’re made from a fiber called glucomannan, which is gotten from the konjac tree.
Another reason why they are also good is because they are very weight loss friendly. Firstly, they contain very little calories. And secondly, due to their fiber and nutritional content, they can help you feel fuller for longer, which makes weight loss easier.
Other keto pasta alternatives include
- Cabbage noodles
- Cauliflower pasta
- Eggplant pasta
- Kelp noodles
- Celeriac noodles
So as you can see, there are quite a handful of keto-friendly ways to enjoy delicious pasta. Now, time for the good stuff. Here are 18 yummy keto pasta recipes you are definitely going to love.
18 keto pasta recipes
1) 2 ingredient keto pasta
As simple and easy as pasta can be. This is one of the easiest keto pasta recipes you can easily create using 2 simple ingredients; eggs and cheese. The result is a delicious and cheesy pasta dish.
It takes less than 15 minutes total to prepare and delivers at only 3g of carbs per serving. Cool right?
2) Keto shrimp scampi
This is another yummy way to enjoy noodles on the keto diet. These noodles are made from summer squash, which is very low in carbs and rich in nutrients like potassium and vitamin A to keep you healthy.
Summer squash noodles are relatively easy to prepare and by adding your shrimp and low carb sauce, you can enjoy some delicious keto noodles that tastes just as good as or even better than the normal ones
3) Keto carbonara pasta
Get ready to put on your Italian shoes. This keto carbonara pasta is one of the best substitutes to normal pasta and is a great second option for people who don’t like zoodles too well.
Made with konjac noodles and served with bacon and chicken, this is a perfect creamy pasta meal you can enjoy with the rest of your family.
4) Keto Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
Spaghetti squash is another wonderful low carb alternative that can look and taste just like the real deal. This easy spaghetti squash recipe is also worth the shot.
Well flavoured with minced garlic, basil leaves and topped with minced beef, it is a wonderful dinner option that can be enjoyed with the rest of the family
5) Bolognese Zoodle Bake
Zoodles can be really fun when you try them out with the right sauce and this is an example of that.
A yummy keto pasta recipe to try out. This meal is made with zoodles and Bolognese sauce and baked for a finishing casserole touch. Very easy to prepare and comes out amazing.
6) Low Carb Pasta Alfredo with Sausage
This good looking fat bomb pasta tastes as good as it looks. Made with the zero carb shirataki noodles for the best low carb experience with cheese and Italian sausage, it makes a delicious and satisfying meal.
You can even swap out the sausage for meatballs or chicken if you want. The result is still going to be something to make you come back for more.
7) Keto pasta with blue cheese sauce
For when you want something simple, homemade and delicious. This is a nice homemade keto pasta with blue cheese sauce that you can prepare at home with a few ingredients.
Topped with pine nuts, they are the perfect blend if healthy, cheesy and nice.
8) Keto Japanese mushroom pasta with shirataki
Mushrooms are said to be good for your health. This keto Japanese dish brings together a variety of mushrooms together with shirataki noodles to make a really good spaghetti meal for you.
Rich in flavour and texture, it won’t be hard to make this one of your favourites.
9) Delicious lemon-garlic keto pasta
Here’s another delicious keto pasta recipe you can try. Made with shaved yellow summer squash, it has a nice texture and passes well as a pasta substitute.
The lemon juice and garlic really adds a nice flavour to the entire meal and makes it more crave worthy.
10) Keto spaghetti squash pasta with meatballs
Nothing goes well with pasta as much as some nice and yummy meatballs. This recipe is a quick and easy option for whenever you’re cravings some pasta with meatballs and delicious tomato sauce.
A nice, healthy and keto friendly option you can enjoy anytime you want
11) Zucchini Noodles with Scallops & Bacon
Zoodles, bacon and scallops. Seems like a pretty great combo to me. This yummy recipe is sure to have a great taste and a satisfying feel. Plus, you only need about 30 minutes to get this done.
Quick, easy and delicious. Dinner is served.
12) 3-ingredient creamy keto salmon pasta
This keto pasta recipe is so simple and so easy, you only need 3 major ingredients to get this going. It comes out creamy, delicious and if course nutritious. You can prepare this in less than 15 minutes and it only delivers 3g net carbs per serving. Yay!
13) Keto Egg Fast Fettuccini Alfredo
An egg pasta? Yes they exist and yes, they taste absolutely amazing as well. This keto pasta recipe uses egg in place of the regular substitutes. It’s pretty easy to prepare and delivers a creamy, cheesy and yummy delight you’ll never forget.
And at only 2g net carbs per serving, I don’t see how anyone can say no.
14) Sriracha “Spaghetti” + Meatballs
Made with zoodles, roasted veggies, delicious meatballs and a nice dressing, this low carb pasta recipe delivers a great taste as well as a load of healthy nutrients as well. Perfect for dinner, it will leave you wanting more.
15) Spaghetti squash carbonara
Spaghetti squash makes a pretty good pasta substitute. Add in bacon, cheese, peas and other ingredients and you have a meal you’ll never forget. This spaghetti squash carbonara is well flavoured and quite satisfying. It makes a perfect keto comfort food.
16) Low Carb Singapore Stir Fry
This simple and delicious Singapore stir fry is sure to bring out your Asian side. It uses konjac noodles, bacon, chicken, shrimp, a yummy sauce and more which makes it taste as good as or even better than what you’d get at your local restaurant.
Plus, let’s not forget the yummy veggies as well that add extra flavour and nutrients to this dish. You can easily prepare this in less than 30 minutes and it only delivers 3g net carbs per serving, which is great.
17) Keto Fettuccine Alfredo with Pesto Chicken and Broccoli
Creamy, delicious and healthy, this keto pasta recipe makes the perfect comfort food on your low carb diet. Simple, yummy and satisfying. And at only 6.8 net carbs per serving, I don’t see why not.
18) Keto Spaghetti with Mushroom and Basil Meat Sauce
One of my favorite keto pasta recipes out there. Its rich in flavor, tastes great and hits those cravings right on the head. With delicious mushrooms, ground beef, basil pesto and more, you can be sure it will turn out nothing short of amazing.
So when next you are craving some pasta, just remember that you can still stay keto and enjoy delicious and satisfying pasta meals that won’t get in the way of your fitness goals.
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