Pasta is filling and convenient on nights when you have little time to make dinner, but it can also take quite a toll on your waistline. There are ways to still enjoy the hearty, flavorful taste of pasta without all the carbs, but it does takes a bit of creative thinking in the kitchen. Here are four grain-free pasta recipes that both you and your diet will love!
Easy Spaghetti Squash Pasta
Spaghetti squash is a very popular alternative to spaghetti because it already looks just like the staple pasta. Just place a whole spaghetti squash in the oven and after an hour, the inside will turn into long, stringy strands, just like the real deal. Dress it up with marinara sauce or eat the buttery “noodles” plain with a bit of salt and pepper.
Zucchini Pasta Pesto
This recipe involves stripping a whole zucchini into the shape of long, spaghetti-like noodle shapes, then dousing the whole dish in a flavorful basil pesto sauce. It’s gluten-free, dairy free, and completely delicious.
Whether you adhere to a Paleo diet or not, this recipe for pasta-less ravioli is a truly tasty (and healthy) substitution for the original. Thin strips of squash make up the exterior of each ravioli, and a unique, creamy filling made of spinach and mascarpone cheese is stuffed inside.
Supreme Pizza Pasta
Don’t let the naughty name fool you: there’s nothing unhealthy about this slimmed-down, grain-free pasta. Yellow squash “noodles” make up the base, while lean chicken sausage, simple tomato sauce, and a whole variety of Italian veggies, herbs, and spices add a zesty Italian flavor.