2 Ingredient Keto Pasta
This keto low carb pasta is just 2 ingredients! It’s a quick and easy substitute for regular pasta.
This post is a little bit lengthy, but it’s because I want to make sure I share enough details so that you know what to expect and so it turns out well.
I came across several posts sharing a 2 ingredient keto pasta recently, and of course I was intrigued! I’ll admit, I was fairly skeptical going in. And I doubted the recipe several times as I made it. But when it was finished, it looked like pasta and my husband didn’t suspect a thing when he ate it.
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Taste and Texture
I want to make clear that this does not taste the same as traditional pasta made with wheat flour. But it does taste something that resembles noodles–just a bit more cheesy.
The noodles hold up fairly well once they cool. You won’t be able to twirl them around your fork as they aren’t quite as flexible, but they do have a chewy bounciness to them like regular pasta.
All you need for this pasta is mozzarella cheese and egg. This pasta dough is actually very similar to the cheese dough base used in many keto recipes like keto breadsticks and keto bagels.
Steps for Making the Pasta
The cheese is melted down and mixed with the egg to form a dough. You can then roll the dough out and slice it into thin strips pasta strips.
The dough then needs to sit in the fridge to dry out. So even though the noodles only take a few minutes to make, you will need to prepare this ahead of time. I put mine in the fridge overnight.
The noodles are then cooked in boiling water very briefly. If you cook them too long, they begin to break apart and will just turn into a melty cheese lump.
The noodles must be cooled down over cold water. This will prevent them from sticking together. It will also firm the noodles back up from their melted cheese state.
Serve it with marinara sauce (or pasta sauce of your choice) and it will cover up some of that pure cheese flavor. As I mentioned above, my husband didn’t even suspect anything! He just thought it was a cheesy pasta dish.
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese can use low fat or full fat
- 1 large egg
Add the mozzarella to a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 1 minute. Stir until cheese is completely melted. If needed, heat for an additional 30 seconds or until cheese is completely melted.
Allow the mozzarella to cool for 1 minute, so that it will not cook the egg. You don't want to cool the cheese too long though because it needs to stay melted.
Add in egg and stir and mix into the cheese, until you have a uniform yellow dough.
Place your dough on a flat surface lined with parchment paper. Place another parchment paper on top of the dough.
Use a rolling pin over the top piece of parchment paper, and roll dough until it is 1/8 inch thick.
Remove the top piece of parchment and cut the dough into ½ inch wide strips. Refrigerate the pasta for at least 6 hours or overnight.
When ready to cook, bring a pot of water to boil. Do not add salt to the water. Add in pasta. Cook for about 40 seconds to 1 minute. Be careful not to cook too long, otherwise the pasta will lose its form, break down and become a melted cheese mess.
Remove pasta from pot and run under cold water to cool it down. Gently separate strands sticking together. Allow pasta to cool until it is only slightly warm to the touch. When the pasta cools, it will firm back up, so that it is no longer just melty cheese and it will taste more like pasta rather than just cheese sticks. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce.
- Recipe adapted from Tasty
- Allow pasta to cool before serving, so that the noodles firm up again after they are cooked.
- Nutrition facts is calculated using low fat mozzarella cheese.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.
2 Ingredient Keto Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 258mg 86%
Sodium 770mg 32%
Potassium 163mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.