When you start out on a Paleo regime finding a replacement for pasta can be one of the trickiest transitions as pasta in all its various forms is such a staple food for so many of us.
However, fortunately, there are many Paleo pasta options available which are far more nutritious as they tend to be made from vegetables.
Paleo pasta is not traditional pasta as it is never made from wheat, rice or any type of grain, but it is tasty and healthy as well as being low in calories and carbs.
So you can eat more pasta than before, even if you are trying to lose weight.
Paleo pasta recipes are just as quick and easy to make as regular pasta, while still fitting in your Paleo diet. Below are nine examples of Paleo pasta, which you can try at home.
Why not try some Paleo desserts to follow up with.
As you would imagine, this type of Paleo pasta is made from a squash.
When you cook a squash it naturally forms spaghetti-like strands which you can separate with a fork and then serve with any number of sauces to taste.
Use a Spiralizer or potato peeler to create pasta-like strands from a courgette, which you can either eat raw or part-boil to create a pasta-like consistency.
This is an incredibly popular Paleo-pasta alternative and can be served with any sauce.
Rather than make these yourself kelp noodles can be purchased from most health food stores and are a crunchy noodle made from seaweed.
They are low calorie and delicious served with sesame oil to bring out the flavours.
Shirataki pasta is another one, which you can buy in a health food store. These Paleo noodles are created using the roots from a Konjac plant.
They are low calorie and help you feel full and are often sold in traditional pasta styles including Fettucine.
If you want to create large pasta sheets for lasagne then try using an aubergine to stick your Paleo regime. Slice the aubergine into thin sheets and part boil them.
They tend to soak up the flavour of whatever sauce you use and don’t have a strong flavour on their own.
Sweet potatoes and other root vegetables can also be used to create pasta using a Spiralizer.
But be aware that some root vegetables can be high in carbohydrates so choose carefully.
Sweet potato and carrot are the most popular to use.
There are many recipes available to make your own pasta from accepted Paleo flours.
These are a bit more fiddly than just using vegetables, but will more closely resemble traditional pasta if you want to give them a go.
An alternative to courgettes, you can use a Spiralizer to create cucumber spiral pasta which is a really nice salad addition in the summer.
It’s best to avoid the very watery centre of the cucumber to make the pasta with but these noodles are delicious.
Some people on a Paleo diet ask why they can’t just eat gluten-free pasta as part of a Paleo diet.
The answer is that most of this type of pasta is still not Paleo because it is made from rice flour generally.
It’s better to make or buy Paleo pasta as outlined in the eight options above.
You can buy the kelp or Shirataki noodles easily enough, and if you want something that’s really quick and simple.
As for the cucumber and courgette options don’t even need cooking so they are even quicker than cooking traditional pasta dishes.
Plus if you add in some Paleo pasta made from vegetables.
You are increasing your fibre and nutrients in your Paleo diet, while still enjoying the comfort of a nice sauce-filled pasta dish which we all love.
Paleo pasta enables you to feel like you are not missing out and makes it easier to cook for a whole family if you are the only one following the Paleo regime, as you can replace their spaghetti with your Paleo version, and still take part in a delicious family meal.
All of the different types of Paleo pasta can be served with the traditional pasta sauces you are used to, including tomato.
Most of the vegetables don’t have a strong enough taste on their own so it will be just like indulging in a regular pasta dish – just minus all the carbs, calories and gluten which comes with it.
Whether you are on a full Paleo regime, or just love pasta but want to lose weight.
Swapping out traditional noodles and spaghetti for some of these alternative recipes is a great way to support your diet and add in more vegetables to your daily intake.