Low-carb and keto pasta recipes

Low-carb and keto pasta recipes

A low-carb or keto way of eating means giving up or at least cutting way back on starchy foods like pasta, rice and potatoes. Our modern way of eating makes this seem hard and many people eating low carb or keto know that one of the most common questions they get is “What do you eat instead?”.

The answer? Food. Real food. Vegetables in different forms make great dishes with all your favorite sauces. Enjoy your Bolognese, Carbonara or Alfredo sauces with zoodles instead of noodles. Thin strips of green cabbage fried in butter makes for another great option.

Traditional pasta is made from wheat flour which raises your blood sugar faster than sugar. By replacing it with a vegetable, you get more nutrients, more flavor and by adding a delicious sauce, enriched with healthy and natural fat, you stay satiated for much longer.

Here are all our top low-carb pasta recipes:

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Do you have a great low-carb recipe that you want to share? We can cook it, photograph it and publish it here on the site, with your name on it. Or maybe you have a traditional recipe you want us to make a low-carb version of. Please send us an e-mail at kristin@dietdoctor.com with your suggestions on how to make our recipes better. Alternatively, leave a comment below.


  1. Sharon Cassidy
    what and how do you make ( keto) which seems to be the paste replacement for supermarket paste?
  2. Maddison
    Does anyone have a good gnocci substitute? I absolutely love pasta and have been missing it immensely.
    Reply: #6
  3. Rodney Nelson
    Shiritaki noodles are a good replacement. Don’t cook too long. They get kinda rubbery
  4. Catherine
    I think Jerusalem artichoke pasta is delicious. Our family loves it.
    Reply: #5
  5. Mira
    If you're referring to artichoke pasta made by DeBoles, it's largest ingredient is wheat which it not allowed on the Keto plan. Even gluten free rice pasta (Tinkyada) is not allowed. Keto followers are supposed to eat gluten free flours like almond, coconut, cashew and other nut flours.
  6. Mira
    There are recipes online for mozzarella-based "gnocchi" similar to Fat Head pizza dough that you boil and ricotta-based "gnocchi" that you bake. (I haven't made either recipe.) Here are two links:



    (FYI: Maria Emmerich writes Keto cookbooks which are the largest sellers of all Keto cookbooks online).

    Reply: #13
  7. Dawn
    Hi what about Spaghetti Squash?
  8. Anna A.
    Spaghetti squash is incredibly delicious. I eat it with all the usual pasta sauces. Make no mistake, however- it is not and does not taste like pasta. I have tried (and am still trying) to just accept the fact that some foods have to be permanently eliminated from a healthy human diet. I do not try to make substitutions (they will invariably disappoint you.) The selection of acceptable keto-friendly foods and recipes is enormous- there is so much we CAN eat. But old habits and ways are hard to break and change. I am not completely there yet (I still look enviously at my friends' fettuccine alfredo). But I know my body is thankful for my choices.
  9. carol
    so can I use spaghetti squash in a recipe in lieu of pasta? How high in carbohydrates is it? Thank you
  10. Debbie
    Highfalutin low carb does a "pasta" comparison that are "keto friendly". He gives the links to the recipes also to try. Works for chicken noodle soup so might be okay for a pasta dish if needing that "taste or texture".
  11. Tom
    Any suggestions for a meatloaf filler?
    Replies: #12, #16
  12. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Here's a good meatloaf recipe on our website.
  13. Janice
    Mira, I'm trying this for sure! thx for sharing
  14. Rosemary Smith
    Does anyone use Carbquik ( may not be spelling that right) baking mix? I know two people who swear by the stuff. Is it legal?
    Reply: #15
  15. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Does anyone use Carbquik ( may not be spelling that right) baking mix? I know two people who swear by the stuff. Is it legal?

    We do not recommend any of the low carb bread mixes that use wheat. We have recipes for keto friendly breads on our page that are a much better option.

  16. Patti
    I’ve used crushed pork rinds in place of the bread crumbs. Delicious!

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