Pasta has a lot of carbs, and it is something that you may miss when you’re on a low-carb or keto diet. The carbs may even be a problem for a low-calorie diet. However, pasta on a keto diet is more than a dream. It can be a reality when you choose Keto-Friendly Pastas. Netrition has a variety of Low-Carb Pastas and Pasta Sauces that can fit into your weight loss and low-carb lifestyle plans.
Carbs in Pasta
For context, let’s take a look at regular pasta. It’s made from wheat, and not surprisingly, it’s high in carbs. A single 1-cup portion has about 50 grams of carbohydrates. Order pasta in a restaurant, and you might get 75 to 100 grams of carbs. For comparison, a keto diet has 20 to 40 or so grams of carbs per day. Needless to say, regular pasta doesn’t fit into a keto diet for most people.
Pasta on a Keto Diet
With so many carbs in regular pasta, you’ll need to find a different choice if you want to have pasta while staying on a keto diet. Netrition has great news on this front. Not only is there one different choice available, but there are tons of options for Keto-Friendly Pasta!
These are some of the different features that our Low-Carb or Keto-Friendly Pasta Products may have.
- Plant-based protein
- High in protein
- High in fiber
- Low in calories
No matter your priority, there’s a choice - or many - that can meet your needs. Plus, they come in all sorts of shapes, such as Spaghetti, Rotini, Penne, Fettuccine, Angel Hair, Orzo, and more.
Protein Pasta Options
Why not cut carbs and get a dose of protein while you’re at it? Protein is a filling nutrient that is essential for immune function, and it can help you maintain muscle mass and metabolism while you’re losing weight.
Our Low-Carb Protein Pasta choices are made with ingredients such as mung beans, edamame, or soybeans. They may have additional benefits, such as being high in fiber or being gluten-free.
These Protein Pastas are easy to cook. You can make them just like regular pasta, by putting them in boiling water and letting them cook until they’re barely al dente Just check the directions on the box to see approximate cooking times. They’re likely to cook more quickly than wheat pasta. Once your pasta is cooked, you can use it just like you would regular pasta.
Low-Calorie, Low-Carb Shirataki, Kelp Noodles, and Hearts of Palm Noodles
Netrition has plenty of choices for your low-carb diet. If you’re looking to minimize calories as well, look through our naturally low-carb and low-calorie choices. These are some examples.
- Shirataki or Konjac Pasta
- Kelp Noodles
- Hearts of Palm Noodles
These choices might have 10 to 20 calories per serving, and 1 to 2 grams of net carbs. You don’t even have to cook them. Just drain and rinse them. However, you can cook them if you want, especially if that’s the type of recipe you’re following.
Spaghetti Squash Pasta is another option. It’s organic and made with 100% spaghetti squash. It has 30 calories per serving, and it has potassium and fiber. It’s a good choice if you want to feel like you made a smart choice for health.
Keto-Friendly Pasta Sauces
After you prepare your Keto-Friendly Pasta according to the package instructions, you can pick out your favorite Keto-Friendly Pasta Sauce to put on it. These are some of the options for Low-Carb Pasta Sauce at Netrition.
- Alfredo Sauce
- Marinara Sauce
- Garlic and Herb Sauce
- No Sugar Added Tomato Sauce
Pour the heated sauce over your cooked pasta and dinner is ready to serve, or you can add extras such as chicken, shrimp, or cooked vegetables. You can also serve your pasta with parmesan cheese on top. To complete the keto-friendly meal, you can add a side salad, some grilled vegetables, or berries and cream.
More Ways to Serve Keto-Friendly Pasta
If you don't want to use jar sauce, you can make your own recipes using different keto-friendly ingredients. Here are a few ideas.
- Creamy pasta salad with Avocado Mayo, celery, diced onions, chopped tomatoes, chopped ham, and cubed cheddar or Swiss cheese
- Greek pasta salad with olive oil, fresh mint or parsley, feta cheese, and cooked diced chicken
- Italian pasta salad with Italian meats, mozzarella cheese, artichoke hearts, and olives
- Cold noodles with peanut sauce, chopped peanuts, chicken, and chopped greens
- Spaghetti tossed with cashews, diced vegetables, Sugar-Free Teriyaki Sauce, and chicken, tofu, shrimp, or fish
- Casserole with tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and parmesan cheese
- Tuna noodle casserole with Shirataki Noodles or Protein Pasta,
- Lasagna with Hearts of Palm Noodles, ricotta or cottage cheese, Marinara Sauce, ground beef or turkey, chopped tomatoes, basil, onions, and bell peppers
- Orzo salad with olive oil, parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, chopped bell pepper and broccoli, and lemon juice
Anything you would normally do with pasta, you can do with Keto-Friendly Pasta. Just make sure that the ingredients you add to it are keto-friendly so that your entire meal stays low in carbs and perfect for your diet.
Instant Keto Pasta Entrees
It’s okay if you want delicious pasta meals without spending time in the kitchen. Just check out our Instant Pasta Entrees. Examples include Mac and Cheese, Creamy Chicken Alfredo, and Fettuccini Alfredo. We even have Low-Carb Chicken Noodle Soup. They take only minutes to prepare, and all you need to do is add water. If you like, you can serve them with vegetables or an extra source of protein, such as chicken breast or Protein Puffs.
You can have pasta on a keto diet. Choose your favorite shapes and types at Netrition, and then make the gourmet or comforting recipe that you love. Lasagna, mac and cheese, pasta salad, and Fettuccine Alfredo can all be regular and guilt-free dishes on your table while you stay on your low-carb diet. Be sure to check out all of our other Keto-Friendly Foods so you can go keto without any feelings of deprivation.