Low-carb and gluten-free eaters can still partake in the pleasures of pasta — it just takes a little creativity. If you're jonesing for Fall comfort, forget that big bowl of noodles, and try one of these recipes to help reduce your carb and grain consumption tonight.
Roasted Spaghetti Squash With ShrimpPhoto: Lizzie Fuhr
Spaghetti squash is one of the easiest subs to your favorite traditional pasta recipes. This clean and simple recipe for roasted shrimp over spaghetti squash is an elegant supper packed with protein and iron.
Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese
Photo: Lizzie Fuhr
Is there anything more decadent than a bowl of mac and cheese? If you're looking to lighten things up the next time you dig into this indulgent dish, opt for spaghetti squash mac and cheese, a twist on tradition that amps up the nutritional value as it cuts back on calories and carbs.
Broccoli Slaw "Pasta"Photo: Leta Shy
This cheesy, garlicky recipe from healthy chef Hungry Girl is the best of both worlds — this broccoli slaw "pasta" is as fast to make as any simple pasta dish and it doesn't come overloaded with carbs.
Cheesy Veggie Pasta BakePhoto: Jenny Sugar
If you're looking for something a little cheesier, try this gluten-free veggie pasta bake that replaces traditional pasta with spaghetti squash.
Zucchini Noodles Aglio et OlioPhoto: Lizzie Fuhr
Grain-free and dairy-free zucchini noodles with garlic and oil is a delicious Paleo-friendly pasta that covers many of the potential dietary restrictions at your table. The best part of this recipe is the almond-flour "breadcrumbs" sprinkled over the top.
Paleo Carrot NoodlesPhoto: Jenny Sugar
Go to bed without the bloat with another bowl of healthy "pasta." This Paleo carrot pasta is comforting and filling without making you feel stuffed.
No-Mac and CheesePhoto: Leta Shy
What's the secret to making a pasta-less mac and cheese just as irresistible as the classic? Cauliflower, the perfect vehicle for a cheesy, creamy sauce made from cheese, coconut milk, butter, and coconut flour. While this gluten-free no-mac and cheese is under 400 calories, note that it's high in saturated fat, so enjoy this comforting dish in moderation.