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The 5 Best Low Carb Pasta Dishes to Enjoy Any Night of the Week

These recipes prove that healthy comfort food does exist.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

The words healthy and pasta usually don’t go together but prepare to be completely mind-blown because these low carb pasta recipes aren’t only healthy, but they’re actually drool-worthy too. 

So, get ready to love pasta night even more because we’re showing you how you can enjoy your favorite pasta dish without the guilt. 

Here’s How to Make Low Carb Pasta That Actually Tastes Good 

Before diving into our top five favorite low carb pasta recipes, here are five tips to keep in mind when it comes to making pasta a healthy and nutritious dish. 

#1 Mix Half & Half 

When you think about low carb pasta, what comes to mind? For many of us, it’s spiralized veggies, and while these can totally be delicious, you don’t have to go from carb-heavy pasta to vegetable pasta right off the bat. 

A great trick here is to start with doing half and half. Try half gluten-free spaghetti and half spiralized zucchini — it’ll cut the carb count a bit and will give you an added serving of veggies too (#healthypastawin!) 

#2 Cook Spiralized Zucchini to Avoid That Crunchy Not Very Pasta-like Texture 

When making “spaghetti” out of spiralized veggies (such as spiralized zucchini), cooking them before serving with all your favorite pasta add-ins is a great way to get rid of the raw veggie crunch, and have your low carb pasta, or noodles taste more like the real thing. 

Here are three ways to cook “zoodles” 

Option #1 Bake: Drizzle with olive or avocado oil and bake at 350 degrees F on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 10 minutes. 

Option #2 Saute: Saute for 3-5 minutes with coconut or avocado oil. 

Option #3 Boil: Boil for 1 minute and then drain and pat dry. 

#3 Don’t Skimp on Flavor 

Spiralized low carb veggie noodles often lack flavor if eating them alone, but adding all of your favorite pasta add-ins brings them to life! 

The bottom line here is not to skimp on flavor — think garlic, caramelized onion, oregano, thyme, and your favorite marinara or pesto sauce. 

#4 Go For Convenience

Many grocery stores offer pre-spiralized zoodles, so go for convenience if you don’t feel like spending time spiralizing the veggie noodles yourself! 

#5 Try Store-bought Options When in a Pinch 

There are also plenty of other store-bought low carb noodles aside from spiralized vegetables, that can make great alternatives when you just aren’t in the mood for a spiralized veggie pasta dish. 

Some great options include:

  • Shirataki Noodles
  • Palmini Noodles
  • Wonder Noodles

Here’s What You Need to Make Low Carb Pasta Noodles 

While you can always purchase store-bought already spiralized or already made low carb noodles, if you choose to make your own, here are a few tools that come in handy. 

  • Veggie spiralizer 
  • Baking sheets 
  • Stockpot 

5 Delicious Low Carb Pasta Recipes That Make Pasta Night Healthy 

#1 Carrot Pesto Noodles

Serves: 2 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 
  • ½ red onion, sliced 
  • 1 cup kale, chopped 
  • 4 large carrots peeled and spiralized 
  • ½ cup pesto 
  • Protein of choice: cooked chicken, ground turkey or beef, salmon, cubed tofu or tempeh 
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking

Start by heating a large skillet over medium heat with the cooking oil. Add the garlic and onion and saute for 3-5 minutes. 

Add the kale and saute for another 2 minutes. 

Next, add the spiralized carrots and cook for another 3 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Mix in the pesto. 

Serve on a serving bowl or plate with your protein of choice. 

#2 Zucchini Noodles With Meat Sauce 

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb ground beef 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup no sugar added marinara sauce 
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning 
  • 4 zucchinis, peeled and spiralized 
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste 
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking

Start by heating a large stockpot over medium heat with the cooking oil. Cook the ground beef until brown and completely cooked through. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. 

Add the marinara sauce and Italian seasoning and cook for another 5 minutes. 

While the meat sauce is cooking, boil the zucchini noodles for 1 minute. 

Serve the meat sauce over the zucchini noodles and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Enjoy! 

#3 Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs 

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste 
  • 1 cup no sugar added marinara sauce 
  • 4 cooked meatballs of choice (beef, turkey, or plant-based) 
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese 
  • Fresh basil for serving 

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Add the squash halves, and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Flip upside down on the baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Allow to cool. 

Once cool enough, flake the squash with a fork and add to a serving bowl. Top with marinara sauce, cooked meatballs of choice, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 

Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy. 

#4 Zoodle Turkey Low Carb Pasta Bake

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey 
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning 
  • 2 cups no sugar added marinara sauce 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 large zucchinis, peeled and spiralized 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a casserole dish with coconut or avocado oil. 

Next, preheat a large skillet over medium heat with more cooking oil and brown the ground turkey, sauteing until completely cooked through. Season with Italian seasoning and add the marinara sauce, cooking for another 2-3 minutes before removing from heat. 

In a separate skillet, cook the garlic and onion in coconut or avocado oil for 3-5 minutes and then add the zucchini noodles, cooking another 1-2 minutes. 

Add the zucchini noodle mixture to the ground turkey sauce and gently mix.

Transfer the mixture to the greased casserole dish and sprinkle with cheese. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top has started to brown. 

Transfer to serving bowls and enjoy! 

#5 Carrot Ginger Stir-Fry Noodles

Serves: 2 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped 
  • ½ cup cubed tofu 
  • 4 large carrots peeled and spiralized 
  • 1 tsp ground ginger 
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos 
  • Crushed peanuts for serving 
  • Chopped green onion for serving
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking

Start by heating a large skillet over medium heat with the cooking oil. Add the garlic and onion and saute for 2 minutes. 

Add the tofu and saute for another 5 minutes. 

Next, add the spiralized carrots and cook for another 3 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add the ground ginger and coconut aminos and mix well. 

Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with chopped peanuts and green onions.

Enjoy! 

Yummy Low Carb Pasta Does Exist 

Pasta night can be healthy and delicious, and these five low carb pasta recipes are proof that we can enjoy some of our favorite comfort foods, the healthy way. 

If you’re a pasta lover and want to add a healthy spin to your traditional pasta dish, try one of these recipes, or get creative and transform your favorite pasta recipe into a low carb version using spiralized veggies! With these healthy pasta recipes, pasta night is sure to be a hit.