Cheesy Keto Fettucine Recipe [Dairy-Free]
If you are worried that following a Keto diet means giving up pasta, it’s time to put those worries to rest. There are plenty of low-carb options for pasta including this recipe for cheesy Keto fettucine. It all starts with shirataki noodles. To that, you add bacon, leeks, garlic, and mushrooms. Then, to top it all, there is a creamy dairy-free “cheese” sauce made from coconut cream, and nutritional yeast. If it sounds too good to be true, don’t worry. It isn’t! Plus, did I mention that it takes less than a half an hour to make from start to finish. So what are you waiting for? Cheesy pasta is in reach any night of the week.
Nutritional Yeast: The Easy Pantry Cheese Substitute
Nutritional yeast won’t make your bread dough rise but it will add a cheesy flavor to your dishes without any dairy. Nutritional yeast is grown on molasses and then deactivated by heating it up. It contains many nutrients including vitamin B, niacin, and thiamin .
Nutritional yeast comes in flake and powder form but flakes are more common. Both forms taste the same and they have the same nutrients. It’s just a matter of personal preference.
If you store your nutritional yeast in an airtight container in a cool dry place, it will last up to a year. It’s important to keep your yeast dry or else it will turn into one big clump.
Shirataki and Other Low-Carb Noodles
- Shirataki Noodles – Shirataki noodles are made from the konjac yam. If you buy the “wet” variety, which are packaged in liquid, they don’t even need to be cooked, though you may want to heat them up. Make sure that you rinse them well because the liquid can have a fishy aroma.
- Zoodles – There are a lot of ways to make “zoodles,” or zucchini noodles. You can buy them pre-spiralized from the grocery store, use a vegetable peeler to make wide flat noodles, or even use a grater. However you decide to do make them, just make sure you don’t overcook them or they’ll turn to mush.
- Spaghetti Squash – Everyone knows about spaghetti squash. This is the classic low-carb noodle replacement. You can cook it in the oven or in the microwave.
- Other Low-Carb Noodles – There are many other Keto-friendly noodle options. You can use other vegetables including cabbage and eggplant. You can also buy kelp noodles (which are similar to shirataki) at the Asian grocery store.
More Low-Carb “Cheesy” Recipes
A delicious dairy-free fettucine dish you won’t believe is Keto.
- 5 3-oz packs of shirataki noodles (425 g), fettucine shape
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of coconut oil, to cook with
- 6 slices of bacon (168 g), diced
- 1 leek (90 g), finely sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic (6 g), peeled and finely chopped
- 10 white button mushrooms (100 g), sliced
- 1 Tablespoon (8 g) of nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) of coconut cream (from the top of a can of refrigerated coconut milk)
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons (2 g) of fresh parsley, finely chopped for garnish
- Rinse the shirataki well under cold, running water then place in a pot of gently simmering water on the stove top.
- Next, heat the coconut oil in a large pan and cook the diced bacon until just done.
- Add the leeks, garlic, and mushrooms to the pan. Continue to cook until the leeks have softened, and the mushrooms are just starting to caramelize.
- Sprinkle over the nutritional yeast and stir in the coconut cream and lemon juice.
- Drain the warm shirataki. Place noodles in a bowl and spoon over the sauce, adding a generous crack of black pepper and sea salt. Garnish with chopped parsley.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 3 g
- Calories: 206
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 20 g
- Carbohydrates: 4 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 4 g