A Pasta Alternative…

I love eating pasta but it isn’t exactly the most point friendly food when following WW.  We had Tony’s parents over for dinner last night and I made this pasta.  I decided to use Tofu Shirataki Noodles for my portion instead of the whole wheat thin spaghetti. 2 ounces of the pasta has 5 PP, where as the Tofu Shirataki Noodles are 1 pt for 8 oz.  I used the whole 8 oz bag for my portion.  Without the cheese, this bowl of pasta has a total of 9 PP.

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So what are Tofu Shirataki Noodles?

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According to their website they are a low carb, low calorie alternative to pasta.  They are made from blending the root of the Konnyahu, a member of the yam family, and tofu.

They can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, usually near the tofu.  To prepare them, drain them and then rinse off very well with cold water.  They have an unusual smell.  The rinsing helps eliminate it.  Using scissors, cut the noodles a few times to make them smaller.  Before serving, dry them.  Either microwave them for a few seconds, dry with a paper towel or heat on the stove.  I usually heat mine on the stove and once dry, add my sauce of choice.  The more flavorful the sauce, the better the noodles will taste.  They tend to soak up some of the sauce.

Back to the pasta recipe.  I don’t have step by step photos for this one but it is very simple!

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Shrimp & Sausage Pasta

Serves 4

  • 3 Hot Italian Turkey Sausages
  • 35 Medium Size Shrimp
  • 2 Small Shallots, minced
  • 1 Tbs. Minced Garlic
  • 4 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 28 oz. Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Parsley
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Basil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Thin Whole Wheat Spaghetti or Tofu Shirataki Noodles
  1. Saute sausages until cooked and then slice into small pieces.  Set Aside.
  2. Peel, de-vein and de-tail shrimp.  Set Aside.
  3. Heat water for pasta.
  4. Heat oil in skillet.  Add garlic and shallot.  Cook for a few minutes until garlic starts to brown.  Don’t let it burn.
  5. Add tomatoes and seasonings.  Bring to a boil.
  6. Continue simmering on Low for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Cook pasta.
  8. Add sausage and shrimp to sauce.  Cook until shrimp are pink.  Leave on low until ready to serve.
  9. Pour 1/4 of the sauce over pasta.
  10. Garnish with fresh Parmesan.

Sauce: 8 PP

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Have you tried any other pasta alternatives?

I like to use tofu shirataki noodles or spaghetti squash.

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