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Oct 29, 2021 2 min read

Some dishes sound too good to be true. This may be one of them. This spaghetti dish is low in calories and keto-friendly! Plus, it is simple to make and tastes gourmet, with Italian-inspired flavors blending together to create a delicious and satisfying dish.

Veggie Pasta Hearts of Palm Noodles by Natural Heaven - Spaghetti are one trick to keeping the dish low in calories and carbohydrates. Each serving has 25 calories and only 2 grams of net carbohydrates. That is only a tiny fraction of the 200 calories and 40 grams of carbs in regular pasta. Shrimp, tomatoes, and broth are also low-calorie and low-carb ingredients in this dish.

You can modify this recipe if you are on a keto diet that needs a lot of fat. Just add two tablespoons of butter when you add the tomatoes to the pan. The butter will melt in and give the entire dish a creamier taste and texture.

This can be a very low-calorie dinner or lunch. You can add vegetables, such as fresh spinach leaves, sliced zucchini or yellow squash, or chopped green cabbage, to make it more filling without adding many calories or carbs. The recipe only makes two servings as written, but that may not be enough! If you are hoping for leftovers, you can double the recipe. It keeps well in the fridge as the flavors blend together overnight.

Campari tomatoes are sweet and delicious, but there are other options if you do not have them on hand. You can use a half a pint of halved cherry or grape tomatoes instead, or even slices or wedges of 2 Roma or plum tomatoes if you have them. You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of tomato paste if you prefer more tomato flavor and a thicker sauce.

Recipe for Low-Calorie, Low-Carb Italian Shrimp Spaghetti

Makes 2 servings 

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Cook time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced finely
  • 3 Campari tomatoes, or about 5 to 6 ounces, cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup of chicken broth
  • 6 ounces of peeled and deveined shrimp or prawns
  • ½ teaspoon of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 package of Veggie Pasta Hearts of Palm Noodles by Natural Heaven - Spaghetti
  • Optional garnishes: chopped fresh parsley or basil leaves, parmesan cheese, a drizzle of olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the garlic and cook, while stirring, for two minutes until it becomes fragrant but not brown. Add the tomatoes, oregano, and chicken broth and bring it to a boil. 
  2. Immediately add the shrimp and continue to stir as they cook. Let the shrimp cook and the tomatoes release their juices.
  3. Remove the Veggie Pasta Hearts of Palm Spaghetti from the package and add it to the pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir everything together until the sauce is distributed.
  4. Plate the pasta and top with any desired garnishes, such as chopped basil or parsley, parmesan cheese, or olive oil.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
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