One of the things I miss on a low carb diet is a big, fat bowl of spaghetti. Pasta is really not an option, unless you buy low carb pasta, which can be expensive and still doesn’t add much nutritional value to a meal. So for quite a while, I have foregone any kind of pasta meal, even though my pantry is full of delicious spaghetti sauce. Talk about torment! And then it occurred to me: spaghetti squash would make an excellent alternative to low carb pasta!
Spaghetti Squash as Low Carb Pasta
Are you familiar with spaghetti squash? I only discovered it a year or so ago, and wondered where it had been all my life. As a vegetable, it doesn’t have a whole lot going for it. I mean, it’s kind of stringy, bland and overall rather unappealing. But when you look at it as an alternative to pasta, especially low carb pasta, it starts looking a whole lot livelier. Spaghetti squash has just 10 grams of carbs per one cup, along with two grams of fiber and one gram of protein. Compared to shirataki noodles, one of the most popular options for low carb pasta, it holds its texture better and contains a lot more nutritional value.
Cooking Spaghetti Squash for Low Carb Pasta
Cooking spaghetti squash to use in pasta dishes is really simple. Cut a spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and place face down in about one-quarter inch of water. Microwave for 10 minutes or until it is soft. Using potholders, scrape the squash out with a fork. Top with your favorite spaghetti sauce and enjoy. That’s all there is to it!
My personal favorite is to saute chicken, onions, green bell peppers and garlic in olive oil, then stir in spaghetti sauce. This makes a protein-filled, delicious topping for the spaghetti squash. We usually eat it as a one-pot meal, but you can also add a side of low carb vegetables, such as green beans.
If you find yourself missing out on pasta or not happy with low carb pasta, you have GOT to try spaghetti squash. It has a similar texture, slightly sweet taste, and a host of vitamins and minerals that no traditional pasta can hold a candle to.