Love pasta but not the carbs? Then Shirataki noodles might be your new best friend! I recently discovered this low-carb pasta equivalent! Don't let the tofu in the name scare you away from this delicious product. Shirataki noodles are traditional Japanese noodles made of tofu and yam flour. They look like noodles, feel like noodles, and have pretty much no flavor. But! There are only 20 calories in a half cup serving! While they obviously work great in Asian recipes, I love to use them to make Italian style pasta. There are few things more comforting than an over-sized bowl of Italian love.
Shirataki noodles are available in most Asian supermarket in the refrigerated section. They can be prepared in stir fries, pastas, soups, salads or any of your favorite ways to eat pasta. Best part is they are very low in calories and really high in fiber!
- 1 packet of shirataki noodles (spaghetti shaped)
- 1 large onion,finely chopped
- 2 cups (6 oz) raw spinach, chopped
- 4 Italian chicken sausages, diced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup half and half
- Thoroughly rinse rice shirataki noodles until odorless, meaning until it has no tofu smell. (Follow instruction on package)
- In a medium sized skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and 3/4 onion, sautee until fragrant for about 3 minutes. Put in spinach and stir fry for another 3 minutes until it softens.
- Mince the garlic, onion and spinach in a food processor. Add salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of half and half. Blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
- Cook sausage pieces and the rest of the onions over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink. Stir in noodles and spinach sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve hot.