If you’re a diabetic and celiac and love pasta, your options are limited. For many years, I spirialized zucchini to make noodles or used shiritaki noodles, but I’ve since discovered noodles made from hearts of palm that are only 4 grams of carb per serving! They are far superior to any of the low carb options available and now they’re my go-to pasta alternative. There are two brands I recommend: Palmini brand, which can be purchased at WalMart, Costco, Sprouts, some other stores and online. My favorite that comes in spaghetti style is made by Natural Heaven and can be purchased on Amazon or on the company’s website.
This recipe is excellent served alone as a vegetarian main or side dish, or served with fish or chicken. If you miss pasta, I highly recommend you give hearts of palm noodles a try soon!
Keto Lemon Pasta
Makes 2 servings
Sea salt or freshly ground pepper
1 package hearts of palm spaghetti or linguine noodles (9 oz)
4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 cup heavy cream
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish
1. Boil the hearts of palm noodles in salted water for a few minutes to soften.
2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the zest and juice of one lemon, salt and pepper to taste and bring to a simmer. Add the heavy cream and continue to simmer until sauce is reduced and thickened slightly. When the sauce has thickened, strain the noodles and add them to the sauce. Toss the noodles in the sauce until well coated. If needed, continue to simmer until sauce reaches your desired consistency.
3. Divide the noodles and sauce between two serving plates. Garnish each with fresh parsley and parmesan. Serve immediately. (Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to five days. To reheat, gently warm in a covered, oven-proof dish at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.)
Nutritional Information per serving (1/2 recipe): 347 calories, 7.6 g carbohydrate (2.9 g dietary fiber, 2 g sugars), 35.4 g total fat (21.8 g saturated fat), 102 mg cholesterol, 219 mg sodium, 36.5 mg calcium, 183 mg potassium, 352 mg Vit A, 16 mg Vit C, 2.1 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 4.7 grams
Photos and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2019
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