Do you crave pasta, but would rather skip out on the carbs and calories in most of your favorite noodle-y dishes? Surprisingly, vegetables such as zucchini, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, carrots, eggplants, and sweet potatoes can be great substitutes for regular pasta in just about any of your favorite meals. Use a spiralizer — a small kitchen gadget that cuts vegetables into shoestring-like pieces — to slice up the veggies and give classic pasta dishes a healthy twist. You can find spiralizers at just about every kitchen supply store, or you can order one online starting around $10. These ten veggie noodle recipes, many of which are gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegetarian-friendly, and/or vegan-friendly, are really easy to make and so delicious that you won’t have any reason to miss regular, old pasta.
1. Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles with Cashew Sauce
Source: pinch of yum
The garlicky cashew sauce makes this vegan-friendly dish velvety and rich. Get the recipe at pinch of yum.
2. Skinny Shrimp Scampi Zucchini Noodles
Source: Just a Taste
Introducing a guilt-free twist on classic shrimp scampi. It takes just 30 minutes to make! Get the recipe at Just a Taste.
3. Tuscan White Bean Zucchini Pasta
Source: The Lean Clean Eating Machine
This hearty Italian meal is a triple threat: it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly. Get the recipe at The Lean Clean Eating Machine.
4. Grilled Tahini Glazed Salmon with Cucumber Noodles
Source: Heather Christo
Fire up the grill for this light, tangy meal that pairs perfectly with summer nights. Get the recipe at Heather Christo.
5. Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Portobello Mushrooms
Source: Veggie Chick
A rich Alfredo dish without all the fat and calories? Yes please! Get the recipe at Veggie Chick.
6. Paleo Pad Thai Carrot and Sweet Potato Noodles
Source: nosh and nourish
You can add chicken or shrimp to this colorful dish for a bit more protein, or leave as-is to keep it vegetarian-friendly. Get the recipe at nosh and nourish.
7. Cacio e Pepe with Bacon
This simple, classic Italian dish gets an upgrade with a sprinkle of crumbled bacon. Get the recipe at Inspiralized.
8. Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Source: Joyful Healthy Eats
Feel free to indulge: this paleo, gluten-free recipe contains only 363 calories per serving. Get the recipe at Joyful Healthy Eats.
9. Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger Lime Peanut Sauce
Source: the roasted root
This pasta-salad hybrid requires no cooking whatsoever, and is perfect for busy days when you don’t have time to stand over the stove. Get the recipe at the roasted root.
10. One Pot Eggplant Noodle Parmesan
Source: An Italian in my Kitchen
A single saucepan is all you need to make this blend of savory, cheesy goodness. Get the recipe at An Italian in my Kitchen.