Paleo Alternatives to Pasta

by Suz on October 4, 2012 · 4 comments

in Food, Paleo

Pasta is one of the un-Paleo foods there is! Mainly made of the grain wheat, pasta generally contains gluten, which many people don’t tolerate well. The lectin in the grains has an inflammatory effect on the gut, upsets the acid balance in the body and of course results in a spike in blood sugar levels. All in all, pasta is definitely one to avoid.

However, so many popular dishes contain or are based on pasta. But this doesn’t mean you have to go without when you start eating a Paleo diet. There are lots of ways to substitute pasta with some great paleo friendly alternatives.

Paleo Diet Primal Pasta Spaghetti Lasagne Gnochi Noodles

Noodles & Spaghetti

Kelp noodles are available in some health food shops. These seaweed noodles look just like regular noodles, but are far more nutritious.

Sweet Potato Vermicelli is found in some Asian stores. Made from sweet potato starch, it is more processed than other pasta alternatives, but a better option than regular pasta.

Zucchini noodles can be made yourself using a zucchini and a mandoline slicer, a julienne peeler or a spirooli spiralizer and cooking in some oil over a medium heat.

Spaghetti can be made from the spaghetti squash fruit. When this particular variety is cooked, a fork can be used to scrape out the flesh into spaghetti like ribbons.


A paleo lasagne can be made with alternating layers of zucchini (courgette) and eggplant instead of pasta sheets. Alternatively, try using alternating layers of sliced meat, such as ham or turkey for an extra meaty lasagne.


Use thin ribbons of zuchini or summer squash to wrap around your raviloi filling


Use some mashed sweet potatoes, eggs and sweet potato flour to make your own gluten-free gnocchi.

Not quite pasta, but another SAD alternative is to replace rice with cauliflower rice.

Do you miss pasta? What do you use to replace pasta in your favourite recipes? I’d love to see you pasta replacement tips in the comments below!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack October 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

I do miss having pasta I think mainly as a quick easy filler. Rather fancy trying out the seaweed pasta, an Aunt of mine lives in Wales (UK) and they eat seaweed a lot.


Christie October 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

I haven’t tried it yet, but this lasagne from Against All Grain uses coconut flour tortillas instead of the lasagne noodles, and it looks delicious!


Mandy February 5, 2013 at 3:37 am

I have seen lasagne being made with blanched leeks cut in half and laid flat out exactly like pasta sheets. Not tried it but the reviews were great.


Julie May 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

We like to sub French cut greenbeans for pasta. I know it sounds a little weird, but it’s pretty good – as long as you try it knowning it’s not going to taste like pasta.


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