Counting Carbs? Enjoy Pasta Night Again with These Alternative Noodle Ideas

Everyone loves a good helping of pasta, but not everyone can handle the high carbohydrate levels that these types of dishes provide. Fortunately, there’s a great substitute: vegetable-based “noodles” chopped and prepared so that they emulate the real thing. If you’re curious about vegetable noodles but unsure how to prepare them, here are a few ideas.

Zucchini and cucumbers are great choices for first-timers. These veggies can be spiralized and then cooked similar to angel hair pasta. Cook until barely tender, 1 to 2 minutes, then drain. Spaghetti squash is another great vegetable noodle option. Once cooked, its flesh is easily separated into strands that look and act almost like spaghetti pasta.

Other starchy vegetables like butternut squash and sweet potatoes also make great subs for spaghetti. Spiralize them and cook them until tender. Try them another way by pulsing them into a mash similar to grits. Simmer with a cheesy sauce, toss with sautéed vegetables or top with cooked shrimp.

Finally, eggplant makes a great substitute for lasagna noodles. Slice them length-wise so each slice resembles a thin plank. Pan sear until softened if enjoying immediately. If placed into a casserole or baking dish, like lasagna, salt the slices to eliminate the excess moisture, let dry, and layer them in as usual.

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