CHOW's four-month-old Special Diets board is a place for Chowhounds with dietary restrictions to exchange tips—like what happens if you love pesto or Alfredo sauce but are on a diet that limits carbohydrates? Are there any decent low-carb noodles or pasta substitutes out there?
Another option is to substitute noodles with vegetables of the appropriate shape and texture, likewise cooked al dente—they can be very effective sauce-delivery vehicles. For instance, mcf likes the meatiness of skinny, noodle-shaped slices of eggplant, drained and sautéed, especially with any kind of cream sauce. Cooked string beans also hold sauce nearly as well as pasta does; fldhkybnva suggests swapping out mushrooms for penne.
Discuss: low carb pasta 'substitutes'
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