Keto Spaghetti

by KetoFocus.com

A classic Italian favorite without the carbs!

Keto spaghetti with meat sauce is a go-to dinner that you can make in under 30 minutes. Homemade spaghetti sauce if lowly simmers for a deep savory flavor. It will quickly become your family's favorite dinner.

This keto spaghetti recipe is easier to make compared to traditional spaghetti. It all comes down to the keto noodles. Choose options like hearts of palm noodles or shirataki noodles don’t take a lot of effort to prepare and don’t require boiling the noodles to cook them.

If you are craving Italian comfort food, spaghetti is your answer. This keto spaghetti sauce has a deep, meaty flavor. It’s the next best thing to Bolognese sauce that has been simmering all day. Unless it’s Sunday afternoon, I normally don’t have the time to spend hours making dinner. This quick and easy low carb spaghetti is a weeknight game changer. It has the flavor of slowly simmered pasta sauce but only takes about 15 minutes to make.

How to make keto spaghetti

  1. Depending on your keto noodle choice, you may have need to start cooking your noodles first if you are using a type that requires preparation like wheat based keto pasta or lupin noodles. If you are using hearts of palm noodles or shirataki noodles, you can do this step at the end since these noodles require little to no preparation.
  2. Brown your ground beef. Add ground beef and a little bit of olive oil to skillet. Cook until ground beef turns brown. Season with salt.
  3. Add in seasonings – Italian seasoning, minced garlic and a pinch of anise seeds.
  4. Pour in low carb marinara. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 5-10 minutes.
  5. Right before serving, turn off heat and stir in heavy cream and grated parmesan cheese.
  6. Add keto noodles. Top with fresh basil or fresh parsley.

Key ingredients

  • Keto Noodles – You have many options here. Check out the video below to see of them. I reviewed seven different types of low carb pasta and tested them against this spaghetti sauce. My favorites are hearts of palm noodles, wheat based noodles from Great Low Carb Bread Co, and lupin flour pasta. Shirataki noodles can also be used. Spaghetti squash or even zucchini noodles can be used as well.
  • Ground beef – I prefer ground beef in my spaghetti sauce but ground sausage or ground turkey can also be used. Or even a mixture of two of them.
  • Seasonings – My standard seasonings for the perfect spaghetti are garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and anise seed. The anise seed provides that hint of fennel or licorice flavor that pairs wonderfully with a red keto Bolognese sauce. It’s one of the ingredients that makes this sauce unbeatable. Feel free to add additional garlic powder as well.
  • Low carb marinara – Whether you choose to make your own keto marinara sauce or buy some from the store, make sure that there are no added sugars. Always check the nutrition label. Yo Mama’s is my favorite keto pasta sauce brand. It has the lowest carbs I have seen with only 4 grams net carbs per 1/2 cup of sauce. Tomato sauce can also be used in a pinch.
  • Heavy cream and parmesan cheese – These provide enough creamy flavor to mellow out the sauce just a tad and creates a velvety texture. The parmesan cheese adds to the umami flavor of the pasta sauce.

Keto Spaghetti Sauce and Noodles Recipe Video

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Keto Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef, ground sausage and/or ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch anise seeds
  • 25 oz (3 cups) low carb marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Keto Noodles Ingredients

Keto Spaghetti Directions

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Secret ingredients to mom's spaghetti

To achieve the same delicious flavor that my mom use to make (and my college roommate who apparently got this recipe from her mom) we add these three key ingredients:

  • Anise seed – Or fennel seeds, these add amazing flavor to your sauce. Just a pinch is all you need to transform this sauce from flat to elevated.
  • Heavy cream – Helps to mellow out the sharpness of the sauce and adds a hint of creamy flavor and texture. It reminds me of a cross between a vodka sauce and Bolognese sauce.
  • Parmesan cheese – Whether you use grated parmesan or shredded, add this hard cheese to your sauce adds a flavor and enhances the umami flavor from the marinara sauce.

Add in to elevate your sauce

Sometimes when I’m feeling fancy, I add in extras to my spaghetti sauce to make it even better. Here are a few suggestions. Just know that these will affect your carbohydrate count.

  • Mushrooms – Canned or fresh mushrooms for those who love them!
  • Onion – My mom always used yellow onion in her sauce. I didn’t put them in the recipe above because I wanted a basic yet delicious sauce you could go-to but the diced onions do add loads of flavor to this sauce.
  • Red wine – I’m usually drinking a glass of red wine while I’m cooking dinner so it’s not unusual for me to splash some of it into my sauce – intentionally of course.
  • Beef broth – If you love that beefy flavor of a meat sauce, then add a splash of beef broth to enhance it.
  • Meatballs – Make your own keto meatballs with this recipe for added beefy flavor.

Storage information

I’m one of those strange people that prefers their spaghetti cold and a day old. It gives it time for the flavors to develop.

Store you spaghetti in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can even freeze this keto spaghetti sauce in a freezer safe bag or container for 1-2 months.

Keto Spaghetti: FAQS

Should I add salt to my keto noodles?

If you are making wheat based noodles like those from the Low Carb Bread Co, you can add salt while the noodles are cooking. I usually add a sprinkle or about 1/2-1 teaspoon.

What kind of pasta is keto friendly?

There are many options for keto pasta noodles. From shirataki noodle to lupin noodles to wheat based noodles. Hearts of palm is my favorite on the keto diet since it is the one that is the lowest in carbs and looks and tastes like regular noodles. Spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles can also be used if you are looking for a vegetable option.

How can I decrease the carbs in spaghetti?

Decrease the amount of pasta sauce used in this recipe. That is where the majority of the carbs are coming from.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Spaghetti

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 336
Fat 25.3g
Protein 17g
Total Carbs 9.4g
Net Carbs 6.4g

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