Low carb pasta

9 Best Low-Carb Pasta Brands on Grocery Store Shelves

Whatever the case, low-carb pastas have become increasingly popular in recent years. This has allowed many brands to be creative with their ideas and recipes, and ultimately it has given us a long list of tasty pasta alternatives to choose from. Some of these pastas are designed to taste just like the real stuff, while others are intentionally given a unique flavor and texture. We combed through the most popular low-carb pastas available and found the ones you should be seeking out of the grocery store, as well as the ones you should leave on the shelf. Here are some notable low-carb pasta products, ranked from worst to best.

13 Popular Low Carb Pastas, Ranked Worst To Best

Rows of dried pasta in a grocery store

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a warm bowl of pasta covered in a delicious sauce. The only downside of this delectable dinner is that it can be pretty high in carbohydrates since traditional pasta is made using white flour. Here at Mashed, we’re all for indulging every so often, but if you want to enjoy pasta on a regular basis it can be helpful to seek out more carb-friendly alternatives. Some people may also need low-carb pastas to fit into their nutritional plan or special diet like those with celiac disease who aren’t able to enjoy regular pasta because of its flour content.

Whatever the case, low-carb pastas have become increasingly popular in recent years. This has allowed many brands to be creative with their ideas and recipes, and ultimately it has given us a long list of tasty pasta alternatives to choose from. Some of these pastas are designed to taste just like the real stuff, while others are intentionally given a unique flavor and texture. We combed through the most popular low-carb pastas available and found the ones you should be seeking out of the grocery store, as well as the ones you should leave on the shelf. Here are some notable low-carb pasta products, ranked from worst to best.

13. Banza Pasta

A box of Banza pasta shells

Banza is a popular pasta brand that has been around for many years. The company was among the first to create low-carb pasta that was intended to be healthier for you. While we respect their O.G. status, we’re disappointed that they haven’t figured out how to improve their recipe by now. This brand makes

Offering multiple pasta products that all contain virtually the same ingredients, Banza pasta isn’t bad, but it’s pretty underwhelming, especially if you’re expecting it to taste and feel like real noodles. There’s a definite legume flavor, which is expected coming from chickpea pasta, but is not super tasty.

Our biggest beef with this pasta is the texture. While we don’t expect it to have the same chewiness as regular pasta, this stuff falls apart really easily after being boiled. It needs to be cooked al dente and enjoyed immediately for the best results. It does not reheat well and becomes crumbly and mushy if it’s overcooked by even a minute. “This pasta came out too mushy for me,” complained a reviewer on Amazon. “I only boiled it for 3 minutes and it was overdone.” Overall, we’re not fans of this staple brand.

12. Miracle Noodle Fettuccine

Two bags of Miracle Noodle Fettuccine

Miracle Noodle is another brand that makes multiple low-carb pastas. Their products are actually shirataki noodles, which are made from the Konjac plant and enjoyed throughout Japan (via Healthline). It’s a little hard to judge how tasty these noodles are because their flavor depends heavily on how they’re prepared. They’re pretty much tasteless on their own. No pasta has a ton of flavor when eaten dry, so we can’t dock them any points for this.

However, the texture of this pasta is where it loses out again. These noodles have a gelatinous feel and can be hard to get used to. There’s just enough bite to keep us interested, but don’t have real pasta in mind when you nosh on these. Miracle Noodles work well in cold noodle dishes and many Asian dishes, which makes sense considering how popular they are in Japan. However, we don’t think these would hold up to a heavy cream sauce or a dish with too many ingredients. This pasta is okay for people who don’t mind the texture, but it’s not our first pick for a low-carb alternative.

11. Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles

Someone holds a bag of Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles

Sea Tangle’s noodles are similar to the Miracle Noodle Fettuccine discussed above. They’re made with sea kelp, which offers a variety of health benefits. When prepared correctly, this pasta substitution is just okay. Again, these noodles work well in Asian dishes and when paired with a light broth or sauce. They wouldn’t work well if you’re trying to find a low-carb way to enjoy carbonara or chicken Alfredo. The noodles are very small and glassy and need to be balanced with a decent amount of acid to tame them.

Because this pasta substitution is made from sea kelp, they have a briny flavor to them. This may be off-putting for some people while others might not mind it. You can offset that flavor by rinsing your noodles for several minutes before preparing them. It will also help to soften them up before eating. They can be a little gummy at times and are easy to overcook. While they taste fine when prepared correctly and paired with the perfect light sauce, we aren’t impressed with the lack of versatility of this pasta substitution.

10. Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Sedanini Pasta

A bag of Trader Joe's Red Lentil Sedanini Pasta

Like most of America, we love Trader Joe’s. From their plethora of refrigerated dips to their never-ending snack section, there’s something for everyone at this grocery store chain. Trader Joe’s is all about following current food trends, and it wasn’t long before they jumped on the low-carb pasta train. TJ’s currently offers quite a few alternative pasta options including this red lentil sedanini pasta.

The pasta holds its shape well and doesn’t get mushy after cooking, which we appreciate. However, the flavor is a little strong and not ideal for people who don’t enjoy the taste of lentils. “It’s a bit too dry and lentil-y as a dinner. you def[initely] need to add something else to it rather than just the sauce,” wrote one contributor to Trader Joe’s Reviews. With so many other great pasta options at Trader Joe’s, we’ll leave this one on the shelf.

9. Barilla Chickpea Rotini

Several boxes of Barilla Chickpea Rotini Pasta

Barilla has been a staple in the pasta game for a long time. The company recently began developing low-carb pasta alternatives and this chickpea rotini is a great example of what happens when you try to improve on your competitors’ products. Unlike many other chickpea pastas, Barilla’s version does not have a strong legume flavor. it also does not have a mushy texture that falls apart when it’s cooked 30 seconds longer than al dente. “Best pasta alternative ever. Healthier option that isn’t tasteless and has a cardboard texture is a win in my book!” wrote one reviewer on Influenster.

This pasta is more reminiscent of whole wheat pasta, which isn’t quite as indulgent as the regular stuff, but is still much better than a plate of noodles that taste like beans. It’s also affordable and can be found in most grocery stores. Overall, we’re impressed with Barilla’s efforts and will be buying this again in the future.

8. Palmini Linguini

A bag of Palmini Linguini

Hearts of palm refer to the inner core of some types of palm trees. This fibrous vegetable is quite tender and can be easily shredded to resemble strands of pasta. Palmini linguine has minimal flavor and relies heavily on the sauce to give it flavor. The texture is pretty firm and doesn’t really have the mouthfeel of pasta but it isn’t gross either. (Many reviewers suggest soaking the noodles in water or milk before warming in your sauce to help soften them up.) But with only 20 calories and 4 grams of carbs per serving, it may be worth the sacrifice.

“Great alternative to pasta if you are low-carb,” one person wrote on Influenster. Have used [these] in ramen dishes to red sauce pasta to Alfredo.” Overall, this is a good option if the texture isn’t an issue for you and if you have a killer sauce to pour on top.

7. Trader Joe’s Hearts of Palm Pasta

A box of Trader Joe's Hearts of Palm Pasta

This pasta is very similar to Palmini’s linguini, but we think it has a slightly better texture. Although Hearts of Palm Pasta smells strong and earthy right out of the package, it cooks down to something much more subtle. After it’s cooked, the flavor is very mild and would pair well with any pasta sauce. “We mixed ours with some other veggies, tomato cream sauce, and some parmesan cheese, and it worked out quite nicely,” suggested What’s Good at Trader Joe’s.

Because this is a vegetable, the texture is not nearly as satisfying as the distinctive chew and slightly gummy texture of regular pasta; it’s more reminiscent of spiral zucchini or sweet potato. Of course, no low-carb pasta is going to be a perfect substitute, so it’s important to keep your expectations somewhat low when looking for an alternative to the real stuff. With that in mind, this is a decent choice.

6. Explore Cuisine Edamame Spaghetti

A box of Explore Cuisine Edamame Spaghetti

Explore Cuisine makes several low-carb pastas and their edamame spaghetti is one of their most popular products. As the name suggests, this is spaghetti made using the familiar green immature soybean. In fact, the only ingredient in this pasta is edamame bean flour. These soybeans are popular in Asian cuisine and also happen to be high in protein and fiber. Using them makes this pasta an excellent source of protein and fiber as well. While the texture isn’t perfect, but the product is impressive overall. “The texture is very satisfying. It’s definitely different from a flour pasta’s texture, a bit chewier, but in a good way,” noted Well and Simple Health. “Especially where it’s a fine spaghetti, the chewy, almost meaty texture is nice and give you that full mouth feel.”

This pasta has a slight earthy flavor, so it’s best complemented with additions like mushrooms, olive oil, and cheese. The natural green color of this product may be an issue to those with young picky eaters, but not necessarily a deal breaker. Overall, we think this is a great pick.

5. Tolerant Foods Red Lentil Rotini

A box of Tolerant Foods Red Lentil Rotini

As we mentioned above, lentil pasta is a tricky spot to navigate. Pasta that has an overwhelming lentil flavor isn’t enjoyable to eat because it just tastes like lentils. Thankfully, Tolerant Foods seems to have found the magic recipe because this pasta has barely any lentil flavor at all, despite lentil flour being the only ingredient. It also has a great texture and doesn’t crumble when cooked.

“Not only is this pasta delicious (good body without being dense or sticky), it passed muster with the gluten-eaters in my house, it’s organic and non-GMO, and I don’t have to feel guilty about pasta anymore because this stuff is a lean, guilt-free protein source,” exclaimed Want Not. This pasta is tasty enough to be served warm with a sauce or cold in a pasta salad. It’s a great option for parents with picky eaters who want to provide a healthier alternative to nutritionally weak white pasta.

4. Capello’s Fettuccine

A box of Capello's Gluten-Free Fettuccine

Cappello’s Fettuccine ticks off two important boxes for this list: It’s gluten-free and grain-free. Although it is made from almond flour, the texture is remarkably similar to white flour pasta. Fans of almonds may even think this fresh pasta tastes better than the regular stuff. It cooks well and does not get mushy when it’s overcooked for a couple of minutes (none of us are perfect in the kitchen, okay?).

“I have tried numerous gluten-free pastas and they either taste like cardboard or the pasta gets so mushy that it loses its appeal. Cappello’s fettuccine is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME,” a reviewer on Amazon gushed. Our only gripe with this product is that it tends to be pricier than many other low-carb pastas on the market. However, given the fact it’s gluten-free and has a delicious taste that doesn’t make you feel like you’re missing out on anything, it may be worth the extra few dollars.

3. Al Dente Carba-nada Egg Fettuccini

A bag of Al Dente Carba-nada Egg Fettuccini

This low-carb pasta option from Al Dente relies on eggs to create the soft, doughy pasta. Some reviewers think the egg flavor is too prominent in the noodles, but we don’t really notice it. The egginess also gives this pasta a homemade feel that reminds us of egg noodles used in homestyle chicken noodle soup. And because it doesn’t rely on chickpeas or lentils, there’s no weird aftertaste.

“​​I absolutely love this pasta!” wrote one happy customer on Influenster. “As a type 1 diabetic, I’m always looking for low-carb options that still have great flavor. These noodles are so easy to whip up and taste delicious with any sauce!”

This is the type of pasta that doesn’t make you wish you were eating the real stuff, which is a pretty amazing feat to accomplish. It works well in soup or paired with a creamy sauce. We’ll definitely be buying this product again.

2. Fiber Gourmet Light Elbows

A bag of Fiber Gourmet Light Elbows

Fiber Gourmet makes several low-carb pasta options including linguine, penne, and rotini. But their best product is their elbows, which take us right back to our childhood. They contain 50% fewer calories than standard wheat pasta but boast more protein and fiber. And the best part? They taste remarkably similar to the regular stuff. “Other pasta impersonators were as tasteful as rubber bands!” wrote a customer on Amazon. “This pasta has the texture and mouthfeel that regular pasta has, THAT is the big deal of this pasta!”

The texture is slightly less firm than regular pasta but still holds up well, even when it’s reheated. This pasta can even be frozen and thawed without totally ruining the texture. These elbows are perfect for making Instant Pot mac and cheese or adding to a vegetable soup. For anyone on a low-carb diet, the entire Fiber Gourmet brand is a lifesaver. We recommend trying their different pasta variations for all your noodle needs.

1. Great Low Carb Bread Company Elbows

A bag of Great Low Carb Bread Company Elbows

If going low-carb has made you seriously miss out on macaroni and cheese, grab yourself a package of Great Low Carb Bread Company’s elbow pasta. Made with pea protein, oat fiber, and a few other ingredients, this pasta tastes about as close to the real stuff as we could ask for. It just barely beats out Fiber Gourmet’s elbows with it’s flavor. “​​I’m overly ecstatic to FINALLY have found a noodle that works for me to be able to eat my childhood favorite Mac and cheese. I would HIGHLY recommend,” wrote a satisfied reviewer on Amazon.

These elbows are a little higher in carbohydrates than some other ones on this list, but they are still significantly lower in carbs than traditional pasta. They’re also higher in protein and fiber than many of its low-carb competitors, which is an added bonus. Whether you’re looking to make the perfect batch of mac and cheese or need dinner with a simple tomato sauce, this is the best low-carb pasta you can buy.

9 Best Low-Carb Pasta Brands on Grocery Store Shelves

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Are you a pasta lover but concerned about the impact of all the carbs, calories, or gluten in your favorite pasta dishes on your health and waistline? There’s good news! There’s a growing section of supermarket aisles dedicated to low-carb pasta alternatives that offer similar versatility to traditional durum wheat pasta without compromising your health and nutritional goals.

Whether you’re following a gluten-free, low-carb, keto, or other carb-restricted lifestyle, these pasta alternatives can be a great solution. Often, not only are they low in carbs, but they’re also higher in protein and fiber than regular noodles. They may also have more vitamins, minerals, and other bioactive compounds compared to traditional boxed pastas.

Most low-carb pasta brands fall into a few main categories: fresh, vegetable-based, like frozen zucchini spirals; bean-based boxed pastas; and Shirataki or konjac noodles. All have distinct flavors and textures and are best when they are cooked per the package directions.

Is regular pasta “unhealthy?”

Pasta, when enjoyed in moderation and with the right dishes, can absolutely be part of a healthy diet. It’s generally the portion sizes we enjoy and all the cheese, high-fat meats, and other accompaniments to pasta dishes that make it excessively high in calories and saturated fat. A 2-ounce serving (about a cup cooked) of traditional pasta has 180-200 calories, 0 grams saturated fat, 3 grams fiber, and 7 grams protein. Buying whole grain pasta will up the fiber content to about 7 grams per serving.

But if you eat pasta like an Italian with smaller portions, cook it al dente, and partner your pasta with veggies, beans, and other plant-based foods, pasta has no downsize. Eaten right, it can help you maintain a healthy weight and is considered a healthy staple of the Mediterranean diet, which is considered a gold standard for healthy eating.

A healthy serving of pasta is about the size of a baseball. If you’re eating out, chances are you’ll be served something closer to a softball-sized pasta portion—or more. When portions are large, split an order with a friend or ask for a box for leftovers.

Be sure to cook it right and avoid overcooking any type of pasta. The Italian term al dente literally means “to the tooth” or firm to the bite. Italians cook their pasta so that it is firm (but not too hard). This way, it not only tastes perfect, but it also has a lower glycemic index (GI) than when it’s cooked to be soft. The average GI of al dente penne pasta is 50, which is even lower than the GI of oatmeal. A lower GI can help keep blood sugar levels stable so you will stay fuller, longer.

How to buy low-carb pasta

If you prefer to keep your daily load of carbohydrates on the lower side, but you don’t want to give up the idea of a nice plate of pasta, low-carb pasta alternatives can provide a solution. Here’s a quick reference guide for how to find the best low-carb pasta at your local supermarket:

  • Fiber: Check the fiber count. Look for pastas that have at least 5 grams of fiber.
  • Ingredients: Look for a short ingredient list. Short is great when it comes to the ingredient list for pasta alternatives. Look for those with no more than 5 ingredients.
  • Protein: Check the protein counts. Pasta made from red lentils, edamame, and other plant-based proteins will have as much protein as a serving of chicken. Look for pasta alternatives with at least 8 grams of protein, which is what you can obtain in regular durum wheat-based pasta.

Best low-carb pasta brands

So without further ado, below is a list of the best low-carb pasta brands you can buy! Read on, and for more, don’t miss 5 Pasta Sauces That Use the Highest Quality Ingredients.

Barilla Red Lentil Penne Pasta

barilla red lentil pasta

One 2-oz serving : 180 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 34 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 13 g protein

One of the world’s best pasta companies, Barilla, also makes one of the best low-carb options with red lentils. Since penne is so versatile, this pasta is a great option to be enjoyed in many healthy ways. According to Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN, author of From Burnout to Balance, “I’m a fan of Barilla Red Lentil Pasta, which has just one ingredient: red lentil flour.” This pasta is also nutrient-rich, with high fiber and protein counts and it’s also gluten-free. It’s a source of plant-based protein for staying power plus it’s a good source of important nutrients like zinc, iron, magnesium, and potassium,” adds Bannan.

Miracle Noodle Ready to Eat Angel Hair

miracle noodle angel hair pasta

One 3-oz serving : 5 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 3g carbs, 2 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein

Miracle Noodles are one of my favorite Asian-style shirataki noodles. Shirataki noodles have been enjoyed for more than 1,400 years in Japan and more than 2,000 years in China! I like that they’re made with just three ingredients: water, konjac flour, and citric acid. They are mostly water, which makes them extremely low in calories, carbs, and protein. 6254a4d1642c605c54bf1cab17d50f1e

The translucent noodles are plant-based, naturally fat-free, and sodium-free. They’re easy to prepare and versatile and the noodles absorb the flavors of other foods so they can be used to create delicious Asian- or Western-inspired dishes.

Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccini

explore cuisine fettucine

One 2-oz serving : 180 calories, 4 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 14 g fiber, 31 g sugar, 24 g protein

Bannan also recommends this pasta due to the 42 grams of protein per 3.5-ounce serving, along with 24 grams of fiber. Each serving is also an excellent source of iron and potassium and a good source of calcium. It’s also vegan, organic, kosher, and gluten-free. She suggests enjoying this pasta warm or cold, but due to the edamame and mung bean ingredients, it works particularly well in Asian-inspired pasta dishes, such as stir-fry noodles with mushrooms, garlic, and chili.

Palmini Linguine

palmini linguini

One 2.6-oz serving : 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 60 mg sodium, 4g carbs, 2 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 1 g protein

This pick is a fave of plant-based registered dietitian Cynthia Sass, MPH, RDN, CSSD. According to Sass, “I love that Palmini is made from hearts of palm farmed in a way that’s sustainable, without harming animal habitats or ecosystems. It has a similar texture to al dente pasta in that it’s hearty and still slightly firm to the tooth.” While it fails to meet our fiber and protein criteria, it’s still a great option. Sass enjoys Palmini hot, either tossed with white beans and a generous portion of veggies (like grape tomatoes, yellow onion, sliced mushrooms, and spinach) sauteed in extra virgin olive oil with garlic and herbs or combined with lentils and minced mushrooms in a zesty arrabbiata tomato sauce.

Cece’s Veggie Co. Noodled Organic Zucchini Veggiccine


One 2.6-oz serving : 10 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 60 mg sodium, 3g carbs, 1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 1 g protein

Sass also likes this spiralized zucchini as the perfect replacement for pasta when she wants something fresh, chilled, and veggie-based. It’s also rich in vitamin C and filling with just 10 calories and 2 grams of net carb per serving. To make a chilled “pasta” salad, Sass tosses it with vegan pesto and other chopped raw veggies, like red onion, bell pepper, yellow grape tomatoes, cucumber, and chopped kale, along with cubed Pumfu (pumpkin seed tofu). It’s a perfect make-ahead-and-take meal.

Banza Rotini Made From Chickpeas

costco banza

One 2-oz serving : 190 calories, 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 20 mg sodium, 35g carbs, 5 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 11 g protein

Chickpeas are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, so pasta made from chickpeas also provides a nutritional punch. Cookbook author, certified athletic trainer, and registered dietitian nutritionist Dana Angelo White, MS, RDN, ATC, recommends Banza as a pasta alternative that has fewer carbs and plenty of fiber and protein, which makes for an extra satisfying meal.

With fewer carbs than traditional pasta and more protein, this pasta is also rich in potassium and iron and provides magnesium and phosphorus. One of my favorite combos is Banza Rotini tossed with turkey meatballs, baby spinach, and pesto.

Green Giant Veggie Spirals Spaghetti Squash

green giant veggie spirals zucchini

One ½-cup, prepared serving : 25 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 15 mg sodium, 5g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 1 g protein

You can find a lot of healthy, veggie-based pasta alternatives in the frozen veggie section of supermarkets. While these options don’t always pack in the protein or fiber of the bean-based pasta alternatives, they’re still nutrient-rich and flavor-packed.

One of Angelo’s favorites is Green Giant Veggie Spirals Spaghetti Squash. Green Giant has other options available in zucchini and butternut squash, and they are great low-carb veggie swaps for pasta, explains Angelo. “Serve with tomato sauce, chicken sausage, and cheese or top with roasted tofu and a spicy peanut dressing,” she suggests.

Veggiecraft Farms Pasta Made With Sweet Potato Penne

veggiecraft sweet potato pasta

One 2-oz serving : 200 calories, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 13 g protein

Veggiecraft Farms pastas are made with simple, plant-based ingredients including cauliflower, sweet potato, and zucchini. Each variety is made with only three ingredients. I like the Sweet Potato Penne variety due to its good protein and fiber counts. It’s also a good source of potassium and an excellent source of iron. Use just as you would regular pasta but for best results, follow the cooking instructions on the box. Another plus to this brand as it won’t break the bank, compared to some of the pricier pasta alternatives.

Nün Penne Rigate Pasta Made With Chickpea and Seaweed

nun penne rigate chickpea seaweed pasta

One 2-oz serving : 196 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 213 mg sodium, 40 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 5 g protein

Nun creates healthy pasta with Chilean seaweed, combined with other plant-based ingredients like chickpeas, lentils, and quinoa. The result is delicious pasta alternatives that are vegan, gluten-free, and nutrient-dense. These pastas are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed as a stand-in for traditional pasta. Try them with veggies, poultry, and seafood, and top them with your favorite pesto or tomato-based sauce.

Julie Upton is an award-winning registered dietitian and communications specialist who has written thousands of articles for national media outlets, including The New York Times, US News and World Report, and USA Today. Read more about Julie