Delicious Keto Pasta Recipe
Who doesn’t love a delicious pasta recipe? Rich tomatoes, herby sauce or something light and lemony; all these pasta flavors might seem out of reach if you’re committed to the keto diet. But there’s no need to put those pasta cravings away completely. Our best keto pasta recipe means you can combine your Italian cravings without breaking your diet.
What Is the Keto Diet?
Benefits of Keto Foods
- Meat like chicken, beef and pork
- Bacon and sausage as long as they’re not sweet-cured as sugar spoils the keto diet
- Oils like olive oil and coconut oil
- Unsweetened full-fat dairy items like cheese
- Leafy green vegetables
- Lower or better-regulated blood sugar
- More balanced energy levels
- May help lower blood pressure
- Can help with cardiovascular problems
- Weight loss
Keto Pasta vs. Regular Pasta
Keto Pasta Recipe: Bolognese Bake
Variations of Keto Pasta
- Palmini pasta made from “heart of palm,” naturally low in carbs
- Almond Flour Pasta
- “Spaghetti” noodles made from spaghetti squash or zucchini
- Substitute lasagna sheets with eggplant, zucchini or even turkey slices
- Psyllium husk pasta- you can buy the powder and make it yourself at home
- Shirataki noodles, a Japanese, low-carb option
- Kelp noodles made from edible seaweed, very high in nutrients
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Keto Pasta: Bolognese Bake
There are many top keto-friendly pasta recipes out there, but we’ve chosen Bolognese, as it’s such a family favorite. Plenty of meat, rich sauce, and veggies melt together to produce the ultimate comfort food. This recipe uses “zoodles,” but you could easily substitute your own version of keto pasta such as spaghetti squash or maybe an almond flour noodle.
40 minutes, about 20 minutes in the pan and 20 minutes in the oven
- Ingredient 1 1.5 pounds ground beef
- Ingredient 2 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Ingredient 3 3.5 oz onion, finely diced
- Ingredient 4 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- Ingredient 5 ½ teaspoon thyme
- Ingredient 6 ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
- Ingredient 7 2 cups marinara sauce- either store-bought or make your own if you’re confident
- Ingredient 8 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Ingredient 9 ¼ cup prepared chicken bouillon
- Ingredient 10 Salt and pepper to taste
- Ingredient 11 Fresh basil or oregano for garnish
1. Get a skillet nice and hot with a bit of olive oil in. Pop in your diced onions. They should sizzle nicely. Reduce the heat and cook the onions until they are translucent and smelling delicious. A bit of color is okay, but don’t let them burn.
2. Lower the heat and add the garlic. You don’t want it to burn, so keep the heat low and keep the garlic moving in the pan. Cook the onions and garlic for a further two minutes then add the beef a little at a time. Make sure it’s nicely broken up, so it cooks evenly.
3. Sprinkle in the thyme, marjoram, and add a good twist of black pepper. Stir well and cook until there is no pink or red left in the beef.
4. Add the marinara and stir well. Cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add the cream. The proteins in the cream bind with the tannins in the tomatoes and balance out the flavor.
6. Add chicken bouillon to deglaze the pan and add moisture to the mix. About a quarter of a cup should do. Allow the sauce to simmer for ten minutes, so the beef absorbs all the incredible flavors.
7. While the sauce is simmering, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your noodles. If you’re making your own, use a spiralizer and try and make sure they are all of medium length.
8. Toss your noodles with olive oil. You can add more herbs here too if you like. Go wild!
9. Lay the noodles in the bottom of a casserole dish. Once the sauce is done, layer it over the top. Finish your casserole building off with the shredded cheese.
10. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. You want the cheese to be oozing and an amazing, Italian-inspired smell to have filled your kitchen. Garnish with fresh basil and serve with a salad and maybe some keto garlic bread for that authentic flavor.
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Keto Pasta: Bolognese Bake