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Old 04-17-2018, 00:29   #1
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I love, love, LOOOOOVE Italian food, but on Keto it's impossible.

I have been trying to find noodle alternates, but I don't know what would work best for something like spaghetti sauce.

I tried Spaghetti Squash today with some sauce and it was ok. I like squash a lot, but really not too much with spaghetti sauce.

I've come across an online article that listed these as alternatives:

Brown rice noodles
Shredded Zuccini
Tofu/Shirataki Noodles
Kelp Noodles
Black Bean Pasta
Shredded Cabbage, Carrots, Eggplant
Bean Sprouts
Soba Noodles


As I'm sure the Black Bean and Brown Rice noodles are probably "no-no's", and I don't think any of the veggies would work too well with spaghetti sauce since I'm not fond of the squash version........

So, I'm wondering if anybody has tried any of the other noodles with spaghetti sauce? If so, which one seems to work the best?

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In addition to brown rice noodles and black bean pasta, soba noodles also have enough carbs in them to be unsuitable for keto diets. Shredded carrots can be hit or miss for diabetics or people following keto plans (root vegetable, carbs).

I don't think any of the rest are good substitutes for pasta. Shredded cabbage and bean sprouts will be kind of crunchy/slippery with a sauce. Zucchini and eggplant will be a little softer but cutting them to resemble pasta noodles can make them crumbly.

Of the ones you listed, I think the tofu/shirataki noodles would be the most satisfying, with zucchini "zoodles" next on the list. I don't have enough experience with eggplant noodles or kelp noodles to put them on the list.

But I think your best course of action is to look for Italian dishes that don't rely on just noodles and sauce, which will be severely handicapped by using something quite unlike noodles.

I recently saw a recipe for a keto lasagna that I will try someday; it uses slabs of zucchini instead of lasagna noodles. I think it will be more successful because there are so many other ingredients to focus on. I've also seen recipes for keto breadsticks made with the same cauliflower-and-cheese-based mixture used to make keto pizza crusts. Maybe those "breadsticks" and something like a steak diavolo or a soup might be a happier scratch to your itch.

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In addition to brown rice noodles and black bean pasta, soba noodles also have enough carbs in them to be unsuitable for keto diets. Shredded carrots can be hit or miss for diabetics or people following keto plans (root vegetable, carbs).



But I think your best course of action is to look for Italian dishes that don't rely on just noodles and sauce, which will be severely handicapped by using something quite unlike noodles.

I recently saw a recipe for a keto lasagna that I will try someday; it uses slabs of zucchini instead of lasagna noodles.
I have made lasagna with zucchini like you mention , you can also use yellow squash as well. Throw some extra meat and cheese in there and it's actually really good.

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Impastable 8 net carbs per serving, tastes really good.

Carbonada 17 net carbs per serving, tastes even better.

Both on Amazon

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I make Zoodles also. Its easy enough with the proper gadget which makes them fairly thick so they arent falling to bits after cooking. I have a chinese knockoff of this device. When it first came out the price was north of $30 in Australia.
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There's also Palmini, 1 net carb per serving, made from Hearts of Palm. I tried putting some Walden Farms 0 carb tomato sauce in it, with butter, garlic and some dry spices, and it was actually very good. Both available on Amazon.

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i've tried the shirataki noodles last month. they worked really well in an oriental noodle soup style dish. I served it with a beef broth, cheese, onions, and some iceberg lettuce.

I tried them with a spagetti sauce, and they were 'ok'. i don't enjoy them as much as spagetti squash but they are closer to a rice vermicelli

to be honest, i havent been craving spaggetti which is quite puzzling because i can be a pasta 4 nights per week kind of guy.

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Lasagna I can do without noodles, as there are so many thing you can use instead.

It's the spaghetti with sauce that I like thats the problem.

I wish someone made mushroom noodles, that would be SOOOO perfect!!!!

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I wish someone made mushroom noodles, that would be SOOOO perfect!!!!
I don't remember if on of the requiremenets was to buy prepared products, but would you consider making your own noodles with one of those spiralizer tools? Big shiitake mushrooms or portabellas run through the cutting blades? That could make noodles you could use (full disclosure: I've never done it).

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Yeah, I could do that, but I'm looking for pre-fab stuff. I hate cooking for myself. I always bought tv dinners or canned pasta before.

Unless I'm really, REALLY in the mood for something specific, I won't cook....as in making everything from scratch.

I just want to heat it up, boil it, or stick it in the microwave. It's bad enough I'm having problems finding pre-made almond flour bread. Although I did find an almond flour bread mix, which I will try this weekend.

I was a baker for many years, and I'm just "done" with the kitchen, although I do like to make stuff for others, I hate having to cook for myself.


I am interested in this stuff though....
Organic Shirataki Spaghetti

I will have to look for it at the "organic" supermarkets around here.


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