Delicious Lemon-Garlic Keto Pasta Using Yellow Squash

  • Net carbs: 4 per serving, and this is for two servings.
  • Calories: 200 per serving – thank you almonds!

Did you think there was such a thing a low-carb spaghetti? As a fat italian, I knew there was a way to combine my love for keto with my love for pasta and its delicious garlicky dressings.

To start, every keto-er should own a cast iron pan, and this keto pasta recipe is just one delicious reason why. This recipe was originally dubbed “Squash Pappardelle” by Tim Ferriss in his 4-Hour Chef book, which is a book I highly recommend for everyone and anyone on a keto or paleo diet.

If you’ve been craving pasta, like I do every once in a while (I used to crave it every day!) this recipe will help you out. Instead of pasta, you’re eating shaved yellow (summer) squash, which is then sauteed in a cast iron pan, and tossed with delicious garlic, herbs, and lemon juice. It’s one of my favorite new keto recipes, and the lemon juice is key!

I’ve altered it from Tim’s original recipe to fit my taste and to be more keto-friendly, so here’s the altered keto pasta recipe, this is for two servings, but could be combined as one big serving. It’d taste amazing paired with lemon-pepper chicken!

  • 3 yellow (summer) squash
  • lemon pepper seasoning (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, or a teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup  slivered / chopped almonds
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 lemon

1. Chop the ends off the three summer squash, and use a vegetable peeler to peel long, full strips from the beginning to end of each squash. Keep rotating the squash until you’ve worked your way down to where you can start seeing seeing seeds and then stop – this is usually about three rotations.

2. Toss the squash strips in a bowl with a few shakes or twists of lemon pepper seasoning.

3. Add olive oil to your cast iron pan and put it on medium-high heat for a few minutes until it shimmers. If you don’t have cast iron, use a regular frying pan.

4. While the cast iron pan is heating, chop garlic, parsley and almonds on the same cutting board and throw them in a bowl.

5. Toss the squash into the cast iron skillet for about two minutes until they are al dente.

6. Turn off the heat and toss in the garlic, parsley, almond and salt. Toss in the pan.

7. Squeeze the half lemon over the keto pasta dish, careful not to drop in any seedlings.

8. Taste and salt as necessary, and serve hot!

I hope you enjoy, this is one of my new favorite recipes, and the fact that there’s a way to make some sort of keto pasta without buying those awful mushroom noodles makes me really happy.




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