What are your favorite pasta substitutes?

@NJChicaa (38480)
United States
September 25, 2017 6:30pm CST
Over the past year I have changed my diet a lot and pasta isn't something that I eat a lot of any longer. The shift was hard at first as I'm Italian-American and we used to have pasta like 2 or 3 times a week at least as a side to our meals if not as the main course. Now it is more like once a month. So, I've tried different substitutes for your typical wheat or other flour-based pastas. My new favorite is spiralized zucchini. It holds its texture and has a mild flavor. It is great in stir-fries or under meatballs and sauce. I also like spaghetti squash. The strands are shorter but they are delicious with some salt and butter on them. Yum! The Miracle Noodles angel hair was not that great in my opinion. The texture just wasn't pleasant and I wouldn't buy them again. I'll stick to fresh veggie-based pasta replacers in the future! What do you eat when you are trying to sub for pasta on your plate?
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@marguicha (92131)
• Chile
25 Sep
I often have either pasta, rice, potato or couscous as a side dish. What doctors have told me is to eat smaller portions.
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@kobesbuddy (43960)
• East Tawas, Michigan
25 Sep
@marguicha We eat pasta, rice, and potatoes, quite often and love it!:)
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@NJChicaa (38480)
• United States
25 Sep
My trainer recommends rice or potatoes but not pasta. My husband hates cous cous and that is pasta anyway so I rarely have it and only when he is away on a business trip.
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@kobesbuddy (43960)
• East Tawas, Michigan
25 Sep
@NJChicaa My husband shies away from most noodles or spaghetti. He has been gaining too much weight.
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@paigea (21996)
• Canada
25 Sep
I like the spaghetti squash the best. We have used zucchini too. I make a mac and cheese with macaroni and butternut squash that is really tasty. I could leave out the macaroni all together but I prefer to have some macaroni
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@NJChicaa (38480)
• United States
25 Sep
I've seen a Nigella Lawson recipe for mac and cheese that has either sweet potato or butternut squash. I've been interested in trying it.
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@paigea (21996)
• Canada
26 Sep
@NJChicaa a really tasty cheese sauce makes it all taste good
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@kobesbuddy (43960)
• East Tawas, Michigan
25 Sep
I cook either spaghetti squash or summer squash, which both of us love! Then, with Italian meat-sauce and Parmesan cheese over the top.
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@NJChicaa (38480)
• United States
25 Sep
Yum!
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@kobesbuddy (43960)
• East Tawas, Michigan
25 Sep
@NJChicaa I also love these dishes, with mozzarella cheese melted over the top:)
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@NJChicaa (38480)
• United States
25 Sep
@kobesbuddy yeah we aren't supposed to eat much dairy either so we don't often have cheese in the house.
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@inertia4 (27605)
• United States
26 Sep
I know what you mean. I am also Italian and pasta is my weakness. And being diabetic it is not good to eat pasta. I love Zucchini. I have that machine that makes spaghetti out of Zucchini. And it is very good. And it cooks real fast. I have thought about getting that miracle noodle myself. Now I guess I will skip it all together. I have tried some of the so called low card pastas. Not too bad but they upset my stomach. I stick with baked chicken, no breading, pork chops and fish. And plenty of veggies.
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@NJChicaa (38480)
• United States
26 Sep
I don't mind the Miracle Rice. If you rinse it well and cook in chicken or beef broth, it is fine. The noodles, though, just aren't a good substitute for pasta.
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@inertia4 (27605)
• United States
26 Sep
@NJChicaa Thanks for the heads up on that. I still have pasta once in awhile. After all, being Italian, it is hard to stay away.
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@NJChicaa (38480)
• United States
26 Sep
@inertia4 same here.
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@topffer (33798)
• France
26 Sep
I have never been a great fan of pasta, I eat some maybe once or twice a month. I eat often rice mixed with a few lentils or quinoa, potatoes, bulgur, couscous...
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@NJChicaa (38480)
• United States
26 Sep
I don't mind quinoa but it isn't something that is in the regular rotation around here. My mother made lentils growing up but without any salt or meat and they were cooked to the consistency of mush. I don't ever want to see another lentil in my life.
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@topffer (33798)
• France
26 Sep
@NJChicaa Lol, I can understand that. I do not like lentils that much, but I buy a ready to cook basmati rice+red lentils+various spices in an organic shop, and it is really good.
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@Essjayd (1620)
26 Sep
We have a lot of pasta, boiled rice or baked potatoes/ sweet potatoes. I've never bothered about finding a replacement! I just use more veg to bulk it up instead of large portions of pasta and lay off the cream or cheese sauces some of the time. Thankfully I have a very active job and do plenty of sport so I know I can easily burn off my guilty pleasure of mac cheese
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@NJChicaa (38480)
• United States
26 Sep
That's great!
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@teamfreak16 (40917)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Sep
I used to get a high protein wheat pasta from Performance Bicycles website. That's the only time I really tried to substitute.
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@marlina (72804)
• Canada
26 Sep
I will never sub for pasta,
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@m_audrey6788 (13844)
• Germany
26 Sep
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I heard a green Fettuccine noodles is healthier and better as a replacement for spaghetti and I put Olive oil some parsely a sprinkle of parmesan cheese with mushrooms tastes so great!
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@peachpurple (12851)
• Malaysia
26 Sep
I don't eat pasta that often because Asians are used to eating rice or noodles. So, I am having brown rice with side dishes
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@amnabas (9949)
• Karachi, Pakistan
26 Sep
I am not a pasta fan but my daughters loves it. So I do provide them pasta treats every week.
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