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(Fairly Instant!) Keto Pesto Pasta 🍃 gluten free & dairy free

Using our (3g net carb!) gnooda pasta, this low carb and keto pesto pasta is the ideal weeknight meal: ultra speedy, ridiculously easy, yet a real flavor bomb!

Keto pesto pasta with fresh basil and parmesan cheese in a black bowl
Low Carb & Keto Pesto Pasta

Low Carb & Keto Pesto Pasta

A Fairly Instant Affair!

To whip up this quick pasta dish we’re using real homemade pesto, a family recipe (straight from la nonna of a friend!). And while I do love spruced up versions with kale, almonds and what not, the traditional Italian version simply wins time and time again.

Plus, it just so happens to be naturally keto, which is always ideal in my book!

Oh and to make it dairy free, you will have to stray a bit from tradition and substitute the cheese for nutritional yeast (or go for a vegan ‘parmesan’, just be mindful of the carbs!). Different yes, but surprisingly delicious!

Overhead shot Keto pesto with fresh basil and pine nuts
Homemade Low Carb & Keto Pesto

My Top Tip(s)!

Great pesto is super simple… but the quality of the ingredients is paramount here! So try to get hold of fresh and fragrant basil, a good extra virgin olive oil and some real Parmigiano Reggiano (even better if you have to grate it yourself!).

These are essentially the make it or break it elements of a great pesto! Oh, and toasting the pine nuts is also a game-changer. So don’t skip it!

p.s. to keep your pasta nice ‘n saucy with ‘drier’ sauces such as pesto, I *highly* suggest mixing in a tablespoon or two of warm water at the very end.

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Low Carb & Keto Pesto Pasta
Keto pesto pasta with fresh basil and parmesan cheese in a black bowl

(Fairly Instant!) Keto Pesto Pasta

Course: Main, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, European, Keto
Keyword: keto pesto pasta, low carb pesto pasta
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 270 kcal

Using our (3g net carb!) gnooda pasta, this low carb and keto pesto pasta is the ideal weeknight meal: ultra speedy, ridiculously easy, yet a real flavor bomb!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Whip up a batch of our homemade keto pesto!

  2. Bring 8 cups water to a rolling boil and add enough salt so it tastes like the ocean (about 1 1/2 tablespoons).

  3. Add gnooda and stir immediately. Cook for 5-8 minutes (p.s. expect a bit of foam!), strain, return to pot and add in the pesto. Now, to keep your pasta nice 'n saucy with 'drier' sauces such as pesto, I *highly* suggest mixing in a tablespoon or two of warm water. Serve right away with freshly grated parmesan and ribonned basil.

  4. Top tip: feeling a little extra?! Get creative with the toppings of your pesto pasta and add grilled chicken and cherry tomatoes!

Recipe Notes

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated for the keto pasta (3g net carbs a serving!), with the homemade pesto. So a generous serving comes out to just 5g net carbs!  

Nutrition Facts
(Fairly Instant!) Keto Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 346mg14%
Potassium 280mg8%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 685IU14%
Vitamin C 11.9mg14%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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