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Indulge in a plate of pasta while sticking to your keto diet with these homemade carb-free keto spinach noodles!
Forget those faux noodles that tell you it tastes just like pasta, but all they do is disappoint. These keto spinach noodles provide the most authentic noodle texture and taste great!
Keto Spinach Noodles
This multi-use recipe brings noodles/pasta to life for everyone living a low-carb and/or keto lifestyle!
Forgetting thinking, “Oh, I remember pasta in the good ol’ days.” Today are the good ol’ days; stick to your diet while eating pasta!
We have all been there … sitting in the kitchen wondering what to make, having a hankering for pasta … and then remembering pasta and keto don’t always get along.
You go to the store, buy some keto-friendly pasta and become disappointed with the texture, taste, and/or even appearance.
Say goodbye to pasta or soup noodle disappointment with this delicious keto spinach noodle recipe! These noodles are the closest you will get to the real thing – and enjoy it.
Helpful Tip: Before you make this recipe, watch me make the noodles. Watching will make the noodle-making process easier!
Keto Spinach Noodle Ingredients
Chicken Breast: 5 ounce can of chicken breast, drained (3.1 ounces drained)
Dry Ingredients: 2 tablespoons spinach powder, 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum, 1 tablespoon sodium alginate, and 1 tablespoon calcium lactate. You are probably wondering what these ingredients do. Sodium Alginate and Calcium lactate are used in food spherification (think fruit juice caviar). You will learn more about this process later.
Water: 10 cups water, divided
see the recipe card below for full details
How to Make Keto Spinach Noodles
Blend. Add 3 cups of water, chicken, and spinach powder to a high-powered blender and pulse until the mixture is liquified.
Slowly add. Add the xanthan gum while the blender is on a low speed and blend for 20 seconds.
Add and continue to blend. Add the sodium alginate while the blender is on a low speed and blend for 20 seconds.
Let sit. Pour into a 4+ cup measuring cup or a bowl with a pouring spout and let sit for 30 minutes.
Skim and squeeze. Skim off any bubble that rose to the surface, then pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle.
Whisk. In a large bowl, whisk the calcium lactate in 7 cups of water until fully dissolved.
Form noodles. Using a spatula, swirl the water in the bowl while you squeeze the mixture evenly from the squeeze bottle into the swirling water. You may want to start and stop the squeeze so you don’t end up with one long noodle.
Bathe noodles. Once done, allow the noodles to sit in the calcium lactate bath for 1 hour.
Drain and store. Drain the noodles and store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
Prepare noodles. When ready to eat, simply heat up in hot water on the stove or microwave for 30-45 seconds.
What to Serve with Keto Spinach Noodles
Make it a meal! Use your noodles as an addition to soup recipes, pasta dishes, or whatever your heart desires!
Add it to Soup:
Add a side dish:
Pair it with an entree:
- Classic Baked Chicken Thighs
- Keto Beef and Broccoli
- The Best Baked Pork Ribs Recipe
- Best Baked Crispy Chicken Wings
Don’t forget dessert:
- Easy Keto Creme Brulee
- Easy Keto Cranberry Cheesecake Bars
- Sugar Free Peanut Butter Fudge with Collagen
What other types of Keto Noodles exist?
If you aren’t looking to make homemade keto pasta noodles, you can buy keto alternatives!
Vegetable Noodles or Zoodles. You can make noodles with zucchini (zoodles), or pumpkin, asparagus, cabbage, eggplants, cucumber, or even the roots of broccoli! You really have a ton of choices. For this though, you will need a spiralizer.
Kelp Noodles. Kelp noodles are made from seaweed.
Palmini Noodles. I love palmini noodles; they taste great and are perfect for making baked keto pasta.
Keto Gnocchi. Who doesn’t like the perfect pillowy faux-potato goodness of gnocchi.
Keto Fat Head Noodles. Fat Head Noodles are made from the oh so delicious Fat Head dough which contains mozzarella cheese, eggs, and keto friendly flour.
How to store Keto Pasta Noodles
Now that you’ve put all this work into making keto pasta noodles, let’s make sure they don’t go bad!
I like to enjoy mine fresh and save the leftovers. However, sometimes I like to make a bunch of noodles in advance for a recipe later in the week. Either way, you are going to want to grab an airtight container or freezer bag and place them in the refrigerator.
You can keep your keto pasta noodles in the container and leave them in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Reminder: Your noodles are already cooked so when you are ready to enjoy them, you just need to reheat them!
Can you freeze Keto Pasta Noodles
Truthfully, you can freeze just about anything. However, I don’t recommend freezing these pasta noodles.
These particular keto pasta noodles are best enjoyed fresh or within the 4 days of making them.
When you freeze keto pasta noodles, I find that the consistency and texture change too much, and they just don’t taste the same.
What is Food Spherification?
Food spherification is a fancy term for a culinary process that uses sodium alginate and calcium lactate to shape what was once liquid and turn it into a gelled shape.
- Add 3 cups of water, chicken, and spinach powder to a high-powered blender and pulse until the mixture is liquified.
- Add the xanthan gum while the blender is on a low speed and blend for 20 seconds.
- Add the sodium alginate while the blender is on a low speed and blend for 20 seconds.
- Pour into a 4+ cup measuring cup or a bowl with a pouring spout and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Skim off any bubble that rose to the surface, then pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle.
- In a large bowl, whisk the calcium lactate in 7 cups of water until fully dissolved.
- Using a spatula, swirl the water in the bowl while you squeeze the mixture evenly from the squeeze bottle into the swirling water. You may want to start and stop the squeeze so you don't end up with one long noodle.
- Once done, allow the noodles to sit in the calcium lactate bath for 1 hour.
- Drain the noodles and store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
- When ready to eat, simply heat up in hot water on the stove or microwave for 30-45 seconds.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 3gCarbohydrates: 1gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gProtein: 22g
Inspiration for Keto Noodles with Noodlefication
- 2011 Video From – Imagination Station Toledo
- 2016 Article from Tech For Teachers
- 2017 Video from Mel Science
- 2017 Video from Letterbox Lab
- 2018 Video from Saatvik, Latha, Science & Art!
- 2020 Video from White Cat
- 2021 Video from Keto Asian Flavours
- 2021 Video from Serious Keto
- 2021 NEW VIDEO from Ketogenic Woman
- And so many more!
Thank you all for inspiring some crazy fun food science into the kitchen!