Low-carb and keto-friendly “pasta” recipes that satisfy carb cravings

You might think that a low-carb or keto-friendly diet means having to sacrifice pasta night, but there are actually tons of pasta substitutes that won’t force you to break tradition. Some of which you may already have in your kitchen! If you’ve been looking for keto-friendly pasta recipes to cure your carb cravings, look no further. Here are 5 delizioso low-carb “pasta” recipes—that don’t use actual pasta.

Spaghetti squash lasagna (low-carb, keto)

This keto-friendly, low-carb recipe puts a modern twist on one of the oldest types of pasta: lasagna! After cooking your spaghetti squash, scrape it out and use it as the layer that would typically be a wide, flat pasta noodle. You can make the other layers according to this recipe, or put your own spin on them based on your taste. If spaghetti squash isn’t your thing, you could also use zucchini slices.

Cauliflower ziti (low-carb, keto)

This super simple ziti recipe replaces the pasta with cauliflower to make it low-carb and keto-approved. You pretty much cook it like regular ziti, only the cauliflower doesn’t take as long to boil as pasta. This recipe could easily be made vegan by eliminating the meat and using a plant-based cheese alternative. 

Keto ravioli (low-carb, keto)

You will not miss the carbs in this recipe. First make a filling of meat, cheese and vegetables of your choice. Then halve mozzarella slices into triangles and bake them in the oven for about 5 minutes. These will be your ravioli sheets. Once your mozzarella cheese triangles are golden brown, take them out of the oven. Then add spoonfuls of the filling onto them and fold them over. Top with your sauce of choice and more cheese if desired!

Baked zoodle carbonara (low-carb, keto)

This keto-friendly baked carbonara is creamy, indulgent, and low-carb to boot! It substitutes pasta noodles for zucchini noodles—which can be easily made with a spiralizer—to give you a cheesy, crispy, low carb dish. Now that’s amore!

Zucchini rollatini (low-carb, keto optional)

Rollatini is already low-carb since it’s usually made with eggplant, but this recipe uses zucchini instead. Make a filling out of ricotta, pecorino, egg, garlic, and basil, and spread it on the zucchini strips. Then, roll up your zucchini slices and place them in a casserole dish on top of some marinara—which can be sugar-free if you want this recipe to be totally keto-friendly. Then put some more marinara on top of the zucchini rolls, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 20-25 minutes until it’s at your desired state of meltiness. 

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