By Melissa Mitri, MS, RD
Photo Credit – Yummly
Do you love spaghetti but don’t love what it does to your waistline? There a healthier (and more filling!) alternatives such as edamame spaghetti. If you’ve never tried an edamame spaghetti recipe, you’re seriously missing out!
Edamame spaghetti is made from edamame bean flour, and because of this, it packs in a whopping 20+ grams of protein per serving with less than 200 calories.
Now that’s a pasta dish you can have every day. Plus, this dish includes common ingredients that are easy to find.
What is Edamame Spaghetti?
Edamame spaghetti is an alternative pasta made from edamame beans, which are soy-based. The beans are ground into a fine flour, which is then used to make the pasta instead of the traditional semolina white flour used for regular pasta.
Edamame spaghetti is a popular alternative to traditional pasta for two main reasons – it is gluten-free and higher in protein and fiber compared to regular pasta.
Therefore if you are gluten-sensitive or have celiac disease, edamame spaghetti is a great alternative option. Its high protein and fiber content is also especially helpful in terms of weight loss. And while edamame spaghetti is similar in calorie content to traditional pasta, it is much more filling due to the protein and fiber, which can make it easier to consume a smaller portion.
It has a similar texture to regular spaghetti and can be used in the same way, such as in pasta dishes or salads. Personally, it’s one of my favorite alternative pasta because it doesn’t have a chalky or chewy texture like some other ones and it really fills me up. Because pasta is one of my favorite foods and I tend to have trouble controlling my portions, swapping for edamame spaghetti makes it much easier.
My boys also love it, and they are super picky with different colored pastas.
Here is one of the easiest and most delicious edamame spaghetti recipes with shrimp that’s sure to please any pasta lover in your family.
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients for Edamame Spaghetti Recipe with Shrimp:
- 8 oz edamame, cooked al dente
- 3/4 cup frozen shrimp, rinsed and thawed
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed/partially cooked in the microwave
- 1 14-oz can of no-salt-added diced tomatoes with juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Salt, to taste
Directions for Edamame Spaghetti Recipe with Shrimp:
- Heat a large pan on medium heat. Add olive oil, butter, chopped onion, and sauté until translucent (about 3-5 minutes).
- Add shrimp and sauté until opaque, about 2 minutes per side. Add peas, canned tomatoes, and lemon juice. Sauté until all incorporated and warmed through, about 2 minutes.
- Add warm edamame pasta to pan and stir all together. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley.
*Dietitian Pro Tips* –
- If you are a vegetarian or choose not to eat seafood, omitting the shrimp will still yield a perfectly balanced meal.
- If you do not have fresh parsley, you can substitute one tablespoon of dried parsley
I hope this becomes one of your favorite edamame spaghetti recipes and you add it to your meal rotation. If you’re looking for more easy and healthy plant-based recipes to support your weight loss journey, check out these additional articles:
10 Quick and Easy Vegetarian Meals
Vegan Breakfast for Weight Loss – 10 Protein-Packed Ideas
Did you make this edamame spaghetti recipe? If so, comment below and let me know how you liked it!