11 Keto Pasta
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It can be hard to give up your pasta on a keto food plan. But do you really have to give up Pasta Alfredo and lasagna? The answer is no. With creamy rich sauces and healthy proteins, you’ll be full, satisfied, and never miss carb-filled pasta again.
There are lots of super delicious low-carb ingredients that you can use to replace pasta. This includes premade keto-friendly pasta that you can buy, as well as pasta substitutes that you can make on your own, such as zoodles. Invest in a spiralizer so you can turn zucchini into spaghetti that can be used in any recipe.
The recipes here highlight some great keto pasta dishes that anyone can make. You’ll find recipes that your entire family will enjoy, and recipes that you can serve when you invite guests for dinner. No one will even know that the amazing dish you’ve just put on the table isn’t full of carbs.
#1 DILL PICKLE PASTA-LESS SALAD
No carbs and it’s a pasta salad? You better believe it. And this is one amazing keto salad that you’ll be making over and over again. Filled with protein, it will only take you a few minutes to get this to the table. Chicken breasts supply the protein and cheddar cheese and mayonnaise provide the healthy fat. Lastly, the dill pickles give the salad its crunch and flavor. Sprinkle with a splash of cayenne pepper for a bit of color and spice.
#2 Keto Crispy Sesame Beef
Sesame beef is a favorite in Asian restaurants. Now you can change this classic into a keto recipe and have it any time you want. Sub out the rice with noodles made from daikon – such a genius idea. Sirloin is used in this recipe for its higher fat content. To get the sauce to taste nice and sweet, use stevia. Oyster sauce and a sprinkling of sesame seeds ensure that you get the full experience of an Asian meal.
#3 15 Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles
For a super healthy keto recipe, give this one a try. All you need is a spiralizer because the pasta in the dish is replaced with carb-free zucchini noodles. This is a nice light meal that’s perfect when you’re in a rush. Sauté the shrimp in an infusion of garlic and lemon juice to bring out its flavor. Then just serve on top of the spirals of zucchini with a hint of parsley to round out the dish.
#4 Low Carb Pasta Alfredo With Sausage
You’ll get the outstanding taste of Alfredo sauce with this recipe, without all the carbs. Try different cheeses in the sauce until you find a favorite, such as a combination of Parmesan and Parmigiano cheeses. The Italian sausage is gloriously fatty and when you combine it with a cheesy sauce, you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven. The pasta in this dish is the Shirataki noodles, which are made from Japanese yams – light and keto friendly.
#5 Garlic "Gnocchi"
Don’t think you need to stop eating gnocchi when you’re on a keto food plan. With this recipe you’ll be smiling as you serve this dish to your family and friends. All you really need for these mega delicious gnocchi are egg yolks and mozzarella cheese, mixed and then formed into little gnocchi balls. Then add some garlic to give it some oomph. Fry it all up in a blend of olive oil and butter. They’re ideal on their own or as a side dish.
#6 Simple Caprese Zucchini Summer “Pasta” Salad
This is another great recipe using the nifty zucchini noodle, making for a guilt-free low-carb dish that you can enjoy in the summer as well as in the colder months – a it’s ready in just 10 minutes. Balsamic vinegar and basil nicely round out the flavors in this salad. You could add more mozzarella for an even cheesier dish. Taste before serving to adjust the taste to your liking, using more basil and pepper if needed.
#7 Low Carb keto Lasagna
Even if you weren’t eating low-carb, this just might be the best lasagna you’ve ever, ever had in your life. Make the noodles using a blend of cheeses and spices – mozzarella, Parmesan, and cream cheese. The filling is scrumptious, no other words for it – beef, more cheese, and marinara sauce that uses a sugar substitute to achieve the sweetness. This is such an impressive lasagna, perfect for a special Sunday dinner, or on a week night when you want to treat yourself.
#8 Keto Japanese Mushroom Pasta with Shirataki
Whatever mushrooms you can get your hands on, use them in this dish to get the wild taste of mushrooms. The recipe uses Shirataki carb-free noodles, but you won’t need a lot of them. These noodles are filling and ideal when sauced up with a creamy mushroom sauce. Be sure to use thick cream to get the full fat and smoothness. The rich taste of butter rounds out the dish, turning any night into pasta night.
#9 Roasted Cabbage Carbonara
The yumminess of carbonara is full on in this keto version of the classic dish, but instead of carb-filled pasta you’re using green cabbage. In some ways, this recipe will remind you of stroganoff, with the taste of bacon and a pepperiness to the sauce. If you don’t have any bacon on hand, you could use ground beef as well. You could also swap out the coconut oil for whipping cream for a creamier and fattier dish.
#10 Easy Salmon Pasta Primavera with a Keto Option
This is a fast, simple, and delicious meal to make for everyone in your family. Once again the pasta is subbed out with spiralized zucchini, removing the high amount of carbs from the dish. When you fry up the bacon be sure to keep the bacon fat to cook the salmon and onion. This recipe slips a lot of healthy vegetables into the ingredients, including peas, asparagus, and squash, so you’re getting a lot of nutrition in this meal and satisfying your pasta craving at the same time.
#11 Easy Keto Fettuccine Alfredo
The pasta in this dish is made from almonds and coconut flours mixed together with xanthan gum to give it the pasta-like texture. The sauce itself is just like the traditional Alfredo, rich, creamy, and oh so very smooth. The garlic and Parmesan are what give the sauce it’s amazing flavor. Sprinkle some lemon zest on top to give it a final taste explosion. This recipe is good for lunch or as a side dish served with roasted chicken breasts.
Here's to a Great Pasta Dinner
With all these amazing pasta tricks you’re ready to put pasta back on the table, without worrying that you’re not sticking to the foods you’re allowed to eat. Make a comforting pasta casserole for dinner, or indulge in a classic lasagna that’s oozing with cheese and meat sauce. Just remember to make enough for you take for lunch the next day. Low-carb pasta is possible when you make a few small changes to make it keto approved.