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Best pasta alternatives

Looking for a low-carb pasta replacement? If you’re out of shop-bought pasta, see our best pasta alternatives or learn how to make fresh pasta at home.

Find easy pasta substitutions using storecupboard ingredients with our simple ideas. We have great alternatives if you’re running low on dry pasta or just looking for a healthier replacement. 

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Discover more tips with our guide to common ingredient substitutions.

Best pasta alternatives


Any pasta shape can be swapped for any other, use what you have and mix any odds and ends together. If you want to make lasagne and don’t have pasta sheets then a you can use layers of pasta shapes instead.

If you can’t buy pasta you can make your own with our step-by-step fresh pasta recipe, but if that’s too much of a faff then why not try gnocchi?

There are two different types, one made with potatoes and the other with semolina. Try our easy pan-fried potato gnocchi or our gnocchi alla romana, depending on what you have available. 

You can cook rice, stir through pasta sauce and pop it in the oven like a pasta bake, or cook rice, pasta sauce and stock together, rather like in this oven-baked red pepper risotto. Finally, it almost goes without saying that most pasta sauces are excellent spooned over baked potatoes.
 

Low carb pasta alternatives

Or, dig out the spiralizer or veg peeler and use veg as pasta, like in our courgetti bolognese.

Want more tips and tricks? Read our guide on how to make courgetti and 10 new ways to use your spiralizer

And see our complete guide to the best carb replacements.
 

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