6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives

Whole wheat, spelt, and more!

Everyone loves a big plate of pasta, but you may not love the low nutritional value that comes with it. If you’re looking to add healthy variety to your pasta dishes, try one of these 6 delicious substitutions for traditional noodles.

Zucchini – Shredded, julienned, or cut into ribbons with a peeler, this low-cal alternative will give you a huge veggie boost when topped with tomato sauce.

Spaghetti Squash – Scrape out the spaghetti-like strands from this squash and top with your favorite sauce. It looks and tastes just like the real deal!

Soba Noodles – These Japanese noodles are packed with fiber and protein and have a nuttier taste than traditional pasta.

Shirataki Noodles – Made popular by Hungry Girl. These noodles are primarily made of fiber and contain virtually no fat or calories. They come in a package of liquid and are usually sold in the produce section alongside tofu. The only cooking required is draining the liquid and rinsing them off!

Quinoa – Though it’s not shaped like pasta, this ancient grain can be a great pasta alternative, especially if you are looking to increase your protein — 1 cup has 32 grams!

Brown Rice Pasta – A great source of protein and magnesium, brown rice pasta is a way for people who are gluten-free to get their pasta fix.

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