If you're a carb fanatic, giving up pasta on a keto diet is anything but easy. Fortunately, there are various solutions to the unrelenting yearning for a heaping, comforting warm bowl of pasta. Keto-friendly noodle substitutions include shirataki noodles (miracle noodles), zoodles, nuPasta, Newdles, and keto noodles using fathead dough. Yet, one of our favorite ways to prepare pasta fit for keto is by using hearts of palm, the pale white inner core from palm trees.

One bite from a dish of hearts of palm pasta and you'll undoubtedly agree, it's outstandingly delicious. When prepared correctly, hearts of palm appear remarkably similar to noodles, with a pleasant crispy and creamy-like texture that works beautifully with any pasta sauce.

What Does Hearts of Palm Taste Like?

hearts of palm on cutting board
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At first glance, the white, tube-shaped hearts of palm look similar to a monstrous mozzarella stick and can be pulled apart like a cheese stick as well. When you taste hearts of palm, pasta will not be the first dish to comes to mind. Hearts of palm are reminiscent of artichoke hearts but have a more delicate, slightly lemony, sweet flavor, making it the ideal blank canvas for introducing other flavor profiles.

The Best Pasta Dish for Hearts of Palm

Hearts of palm are a fantastic, healthy, low-carb substitute for carb-laden pasta dishes we crave without sacrificing taste!

Our hearts of palm pasta dish incorporates a snappy, delicious, and creamy keto carbonara made with eggs, parmesan cheese, bacon, and garlic. Blanketed over a bed of keto-friendly hearts of palm pasta, it is then sprinkled with more parmesan cheese and a dash of parsley.

This dish may be keto-friendly, but we guarantee that it will blow your family's minds whether you're on a diet or not. It's so damn good; you'll feel like you're cheating.

After you give our keto hearts of palm carbonara a try, feel free to experiment with your new favorite keto pasta. Toss hearts of palm in a mouthwatering savory ragu or creamy pesto. Keep it light with a vegan-style dish, blending hearts of palm with your favorite keto-friendly veggies.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cans hearts of palm
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Drain and rinse your hearts of palm. Slice the hearts of palm into the same length as noodles. Then peel and mince the garlic. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until the yolks and whites are blended. Add the parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to taste. Set aside.

  3. Dice the bacon into bite-sized pieces. In a saute pan, over medium heat, fry the bacon until desired doneness. Turn the heat to low, and remove bacon to a paper towel-line plate reserving the bacon grease.

  4. Add the sliced hearts of palm and the minced garlic to the saute pan with the bacon grease. Stir to coat.

  5. Pour in the egg mixture, continuously stirring. The egg mixture will warm and become creamy. However, if you stop stirring, you risk the eggs scrambling, losing that delicate creamy texture. If you notice your eggs are beginning to scramble while you're stirring, immediately remove the pan from the heat. Your dish is complete when the egg mixture thickens and resembles a cream sauce. Stir in your bacon, sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese and top with parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Supplies

  • medium bowl
  • whisk
  • saute pan
  • paper towel-line plate

Recipe Notes

How Many Carbs Per Serving?

Keto hearts of palm carbonara has 13 grams of carbs per serving when divided into four servings.

Where Do I Buy Hearts of Palm Pasta?

You can purchase hearts of palm at your local grocer in the canned vegetable aisle. You can also find hearts of palm pasta palmini (palmini pasta is made from heart of palm) in stores or online at Walmart or on Amazon.

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