Italian food has to be one of my favourite types of cuisine.
Pizza, pasta, bread sticks – all of these are on my hit list of favourite foods, and they just seem to taste so much better with creamy mozzarella, tomatoes and basil literally thrown all over them.
So, it’s not surprising that when I switched to a low carb diet, one of the biggest shocks to my system was being unable to gorge myself on pasta with basil and olive oil. So, you can imagine how happy I was to discover alternative ways to enjoy both pasta and pizza, whilst sticking to a low-carb lifestyle. It is absolutely possible to enjoy a lot of your favourite foods on a low carbohydrate diet – all you have to do is get a little bit creative.
Check out the following recipes for low-carb and keto-friendly Italian food.
The great thing about these almond flour pasta ribbons is that they are so diverse. Drizzle them with olive oil, and toss with Parma ham and mozzarella for a delicious low-carb pasta salad. You could even add a sprinkling of walnuts and some tender broccoli like @cappellos in the Instagram image above!
A quick note about the ingredients for this low-carb pasta, though. You’ll notice that the recipe calls for 2 cups of tapioca starch – but it’s important to point out here the term ‘starch’ shouldn’t put you off. Tapioca starch is actually classed as a resistant starch, which means that it is resistant to digestion. So in other words – it’s acceptable on a ketogenic diet.
We recommend serving warm, tossed in a salad with crunchy lettuce, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and sugar free Italian dressing such as Walden Farms! But you’re the chef – so it’s up to you how you serve it.
If you don’t feel confident enough to make your own pasta, don’t worry. Try a keto-friendly pizza instead.
All you need is a pre-made low-carb pizza crust (available from most online low-car retailers) and a selection of your favourite toppings. You could also create your own homemade cauliflower pizza crust like @rawfoodchefjulie has in the Instagram post above. Just be careful with the tomato sauce or puree you smother over the top before baking. Consider purchasing a low-carb option, or sugar-free BBQ sauce instead.
It’s really up to you what you add to your pizza, but here’s a sample recipe (if you can call it that – it’s so darned easy):
Simple and easy – this recipe is a pretty much fool-proof and is a great one to try with the kids.
What’s your favourite low-carb or keto-friendly pizza topping? Please feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.