Hearts of Palm Pasta

by KetoFocus.com

The BEST ready to eat keto noodles

The closest thing to actual traditional noodles is hearts of palm pasta. From the texture, the flavor, and the appearance - you won't miss carby pasta on the keto diet anymore.

My go-to keto pasta are noodles from hearts of palm. I use them in my baked spaghetti and skillet keto lasagna recipe. I always have this gluten-free low carb pasta in my pantry.

a plate with noodles topped with black pepper, basil, lettuce and cherry tomatoes

Hearts of palm pasta noodles come in different shapes from spaghetti, angel hair and fettuccine. But they also have sheets of lasagna noodles, white rice and brown rice.

Besides the variety of pasta types, they are easy to prepare. In fact, hearts of palm noodles don’t require much preparation at all. Just open the package, drain and dump into your sauce. On top of that, they are shelf stable and don’t need to be frozen, refrigerated or cooked.

Hearts of palm pasta is the perfect al dente texture and have a neutral flavor, so your spaghetti tastes like spaghetti and your chow mein taste like chow mein. It’s the ideal pasta substitute.

holding a fork filled with heart of palm noodles

What is hearts of palm pasta?

Hearts of palm come from the center of the cabbage palm tree. They call it hearts of palm because it comes from the heart of these palm trees that grow in Ecuador,  Florida and South Carolina.

Hearts of palm has a similar texture to noodles when cut into a noodle shape. They are mostly water and fiber, so hearts of palm pasta is very low in net carbs making them the perfect noodle for the keto diet.

How to make hearts of palm pasta

  1. Open the package.
  2. Drain the excess liquid off.
  3. Add to sauce or casserole

Some hearts of palm noodles, like Palmini Noodles, do require an extra step of rinsing before using but not every brand does.

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Hearts Of Palm Pasta Ingredients

Hearts of Palm Pasta Directions

  • Hearts of Palm Pasta
  • a plate of keto pasta covered with pepper and two tomatoes

    Benefits of hearts of palm noodles

    There are many reasons why hearts of palm noodles are the preferred keto noodle. Here are some of the main perks.

    • Gluten free – These noodles are not wheat noodles or make from wheat products containing gluten. They are 100% made from palm hearts.
    • Low calories – Only 25 calories per serving!
    • Low carb – There are 2 g net carbs and 4 g total carbs per serving of hearts of palm noodles.
    • Easy to prepare – Simply cut open the package and use! It’s that easy.
    • Appearance – These low carb noodles have a slight yellowish brown hue to them and look like actual wheat based pasta.
    • Flavor – Hearts of palm pasta has a mild neutral flavor. There is a slight artichoke resemblance that some recognize when eating.
    • Don’t smell – This pasta doesn’t have a strange stinky chemical order unlike shirataki noodles.
    • Texture – This keto pasta doesn’t have a rubbery like other noodles made from the konjac plant.  Palm spaghetti has a softer texture.
    a plate of palm noodles topped with lettuce and tomato slices

    Uses & recipes

    Since palm heart noodles come in wide range of shapes, we can use them for almost anything that requires a noodle – or even rice!

    • Lasagna – Since hearts of palm pasta comes in lasagna sheets, you can easily make lasagna or skillet lasagna with these noodles.
    • Spaghetti – The perfect noodle for a plate of spaghetti or even add to the TikTok famous baked feta pasta recipe.
    • Rice – Hearts of palm comes in a rice shape. There is white rice and brown rice. You can add it to recipes that call for rice or cauliflower rice like this keto pork and rice recipe.
    • Beef & noodles – For a quick weeknight meal that uses leftover steak, try mixing beef with angel hair pasta noodles and a few extra ingredients to make it extra creamy.
    a box of angel hair hearts of palm pasta by Natural Heaven sits above a bag of Palmini noodles

    Where to buy

    So far, I have only found these noodles from online retailers like Amazon but Trader Joes does carry their brand if you have a Trader Joes near you. Here are the two brands that I use quite often:

    • Natural Heaven – This is my preferred brand. It’s easier to prepare (doesn’t require rinsing unlike the Palmini brand) and it has a texture similar to real spaghetti noodles.
    • Palmini Pasta – This brand requires an extra step in preparation. You must rinse the noodles and drain palmini before adding them to the sauce. They are so slightly crunchy or harder in texture compared to the Natural Heaven brand.

    Hearts of Palm Pasta: FAQS

    Is hearts of palm healthy?

    Hearts of palm is a good source of fiber. It is low carb and low calorie making it an ideal vegetable noodle to add to your diet.

    Do palm noodles need to be rinsed?

    It depends on the brand. Some brands require rinsing before adding to your meal, others do not.

    Is a hearts of palm a starch?

    No. Hearts of palm is a non-starchy vegetable.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Hearts of Palm Pasta

    Servings: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 25
    Fat 0g
    Protein 1g
    Total Carbs 4g
    Net Carbs 2g

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      1. Yes, you can freeze recipes with hearts of palm noodles. They should keep for 1-2 months, maybe 3 if you seal them really well.

    1. I heard that boiling the noodles will give it a softer texture. Have u ever boiled them…if you have how long for?

      1. I actually haven’t tried that. That might be suggested for the Palmini of noodles because they are harder, but the Natural Heavens brand (which is the one I use and recommend) is already soft like cooked spaghetti noodles.

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