6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives

6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives

6 healthy, low-carb, and gluten-free alternatives to pasta.

6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives

Whether you’re new to spiralizing or a longtime pro, you probably love that spiralizing your vegetables gives you a more nutritious version of pasta and noodles. Instead of eating processed flour pasta, you’re eating a bowl of vegetables!

And although spiralizing is the best, there are several other creative ways you can substitute foods in place of pasta. Today, we’re going over our six favorite alternatives to pasta. And yes, spiralizing is on the list – how could it not be?

This list won’t include alternatives like pasta made from vegetable or legume flours (like a Banza pasta.)

Many of these pasta substitutes and alternatives are mentioned in my new cookbook, Inspiralized & Beyond, and there are many recipe ideas for them! Now, drumroll please….

6 healthy pasta alternatives

Here are 6 healthy, low-carb and gluten-free alternatives to pasta. Toss a little marinara sauce on top and you’ve got a healthy pasta base!

Spiralized Vegetables

6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives - Zucchini Noodles or Zoodles

Are you surprised? Substituting in spiralized vegetables, like zucchini noodles or any of the 25+ other vegetables that you can spiralize is a nutritious, clean-eating friendly way to enjoy a pasta or noodle dish. From zoodles to sweet potato noodles, spiralized veggies are the most pasta-like alternatives!

Shredded Cabbage

6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives - Cabbage Pasta

Although you can actually spiralize cabbage, I’m including this as an alternative all on its own. Cabbage is a great substitute for pasta when cooked, because it holds an al dente texture. You can top it with a marinara sauce or it works really well as an Asian noodle base (for example, check out the Shrimp Cabbage Pad Thai in my Inspiralized and Beyond cookbook.)

Sliced or Shredded Brussels Sprouts

6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives - Brussels Sprouts Pasta

This is one of my favorites – thinly slicing brussels sprouts with a mandolin or hand slicing them can create brussels sprouts shreds that works as a fluffy base. Obviously, brussels sprouts aren’t thick like noodles, but when you slice them thinly, they create ribbons that can be used in place of pasta. My favorite recipe this way is my Brussels Sprouts Carbonara in my Inspiralized and Beyond cookbook.

Shaved Asparagus

6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives - Asparagus Noodles

Asparagus is an easy, quick way to make a pasta base! Simply set your asparagus spear down on a cutting board and peel with a peeler to get strands. Shred about 6-12 spears to use as a pasta alternative. Toss it raw with a pesto or cook it lightly (sauteé) with olive oil and toss in a marinara for a quick pasta base.

Spaghetti Squash

6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives - Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Probably the OG of healthy pasta substitutes – spaghetti squash is a delicious way to make pasta out of vegetables. Although not quite the consistency of noodles, the way it shreds mimics “strands” and can be used so many ways, not just as a pasta base. I love tossing it with pesto or topping it with a creamy sauce or marinara. And if you’ve ever made spaghetti squash but lamented how long it took in the oven, try it out on a pressure cooker – it takes less than 15 minutes!

Hearts of Palm Strands

6 Healthy Pasta Alternatives - Palmini Noodles

After seeing the brand Palmini in a magazine, I knew I had to try it out. Palmini is cans of sliced hearts of palm that have been sliced in pasta-like strands. While the consistency is Asian noodle like, I couldn’t get over the strong hearts of palm taste. However, the company suggests soaking in almond milk for a couple of hours to get rid of that taste. For me, I like quick and easy, so I’m not going to do that, but for those that want to try something new, it definitely has a great consistency and cooks well!

And those are our six favorites! Did your favorites make the list? 


Nutritional Information & Recipe


New to spiralizing? Grab your FREE eBook with our 20 Most Popular Blog Recipes!

Have a spiralizer and not sure where to start?How about making our fool-proof, most popularly made recipes from the blog? In this printable PDF eCookbook you’ll find photos and full recipes of our readers’ favorites to get you started!

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Leave a Comment

Want to share a photo of what you’ve made? Be sure to click the 'Choose file' button below to add your photos!

The maximum upload file size: 300 MB. You can upload: image.


Julie says:
I have not tried pasta before, but after reading this post I must try the pasta recipe which you had explained here. I will also post a review on here in the future about the pasta.
Morph TV says:
Totally loved the idea. Thanks for sharing that.
Meaghan says:
Of course! We're happy you liked it.

Latest on Inspiralized

Subscribe to Inspiralized

Subscribe to one or all of our newsletters for amazing
recipes, inspirational content + our free starter guide

  • Weekly Recap
  • Kidsletter
  • Products + Sales

I have nothing prolific to say today (I’ve just been madly testing recipes for this project I’ll be announcing soon) except that today was the first day in my life that I actually enjoyed sliced tomatoes on a sandwich. 🍅 🍞⁣

I’m not a fan of raw tomatoes, except in something subtle like a pico de gallo or if they’re a tiny part of a meal, like a garnish. but today, I made this chickpea tuna salad melt with tomatoes and spinach and LOVED it. 👍🏼⁣

it got me thinking… I can’t be the only one. do you like raw tomatoes? 🤔

luca made a friend today! 👦🏼 🚴‍♂️⁣

one of the things that has made me sad during COVID has been that Luca hasn't spent much time with other kids his age. this summer, we had a little pod of a few kids, but slowly but surely, as the year went on, kids moved to the suburbs, enrolled in school (we didn't feel comfortable), and then as the temperature dropped, the rest of the kids stopped braving the cold and since we felt uncomfortable with indoor playdates, it was really just our little family hanging out. and Luca wasn't hanging out with anyone his age much. ⁣

I have so many thoughts on this. will this change his personality and social skills forever? will he be socially awkward? will he lose out on so many developmental milestones? will this affect his emotional awareness? the list goes on. I know it's only a year or so, but that's over 1/3 of his entire life!⁣

and now that we're in Florida, we just keep to ourselves at my parents' house and don't see any other kids. it's so nice to be together as a family, and I know so many families can't be together right now, so I'm so grateful for that. the other day, Luca saw a 7-year-old boy on a bike in my parents' neighborhood and he asked us if he could be his friend. I almost broke down in tears.⁣

so by chance, we were out on his bike this afternoon and sure enough, we saw the little boy again, riding his bike, with his mother. in that moment, I knew I had to make a move - so I called out to the mother and asked her, "I know this is going to sound weird, but my son would love to hang out with your son! I'd love to get your number so they can ride bikes together sometime!" I was so nervous, haha! ⁣

and just like that, Luca made a friend! they immediately started riding their bikes together (it was so cute I couldn't handle it!!!) and Roma even came a little bit later and literally slipped her hand into the little boy's hand, it was like she was starving for that connection. it was so adorable, and I'm so happy for Luca to have someone to safely play outside with and so I can shed some of this mama worry.⁣

as for these chocolate donuts, search the blog, they’re an oldie but a goodie! 🍩🍫

it's a mouthful, but it's mouth-watering. 👅 my TERIYAKI SALMON with RICED BUTTERNUT SQUASH and SESAME BROCCOLI 🥦  is live on the blog, and it's another must-add to your weekly meal plan. okay I say that all the time, but seriously - I'm only sharing recipes I make for our family, and these have all been slam dunks 🏀⁣

and last week I started the #inspiralizedmealplanideas hashtag so we'd have a running list of weekly meal ideas from this community, and it's a Monday thing, so tell me - what's ONE meal you're making this week? 🍴 leave it in the comments below and be sure to check back to see what other people are making and even SAVE this post for future reference! 📌⁣

#teriyaki #easydinners #healthydinners #salmondinner #salmonrecipes #feedfeed #f52grams #huffposttaste #thewayweeat #makemewhole #eatingwelleats #foods4thought #thekitchn #eatmoreveggies