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Tofu Shirataki Noodles

Love pasta dishes but not all the carbs and calories? Lucky for you, I’ve got the scoop on a Hungry Girl staple: House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute!


House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute

4 oz. (1/2 bag): 10 calories, 0.5g fat, 15mg sodium, 3g carbs, 2g fiber, 0g sugars, <1g protein

House Foods Tofu Shirataki is a pasta alternative found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket, stocked near the tofu.

This swap is a little more slippery and a bit “bouncier” than traditional noodles, but with the right preparation, you’ve got the perfect substitute in pasta dishes. It comes in a bag, floating in liquid -- but don’t be afraid! Read on for foolproof ways to prepare it.

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Big portion size. Small calorie count. The number-one reason to love these noodles is the sheer volume you get for the calories. A serving is technically half a bag, but I always eat the whole thing. And that's totally fine, since the entire bag has just 20 calories! Ounce for ounce, regular cooked pasta has TEN times as many calories as Tofu Shirataki noodles.

Endless serving options. The noodles are perfect in creamy sauces, Asian-style dishes, thick tomato sauces... Stir-frys, casseroles, microwave meals... How’s that for options?

There's a variety for every dish. The easiest to find are the fettuccine and spaghetti, but there are also angel hair and macaroni shapes.

Just use the shape that works best in your dish. Fettuccine is my go-to pick.

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Step 1: Empty the noodles into a strainer, and rinse them with water to remove the liquid they were packed in.

Step 2: Dry the noodles as thoroughly as possible by blotting with paper towels—remove as much moisture as you can.

 This is the most important step!

Step 3: Cut the noodles up a bit -- the fettuccine, spaghetti, and angel hair varieties can be very long. Using kitchen shears (reserved for use with food only) is the easiest way to do this. 

Step 4: Cook noodles for one to two minutes in a skillet or in the microwave. If you're prepping them in the microwave, blot away excess liquid halfway through the cook time.

Now use these noodles like traditional cooked pasta! 


This is the most popular Tofu Shirataki recipe in the Hungry Girl arsenal... I call it Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo! Here's how to make it:

Use a strainer to rinse and drain 1 bag House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped Noodle Substitute. Thoroughly pat dry. Roughly cut noodles.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add noodles, 2 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping, 1 tsp. light sour cream, and 1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese, breaking the wedge into pieces.

Cook and stir until cheese has melted, mixed with sour cream, and coated noodles, 2 to 3 minutes. 



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Add protein. Skinless chicken breast, shrimp, lean beef... all fantastic additions to the basic Hungry Girlfredo dish.

Spice things up. I love to add seasonings -- garlic powder, onion powder, even taco seasoning! -- to my Girlfredo sauce. Wanna get really crazy? Spike your sauce with Buffalo-style hot sauce!

Veg out. Steamed veggies are fantastic in Hungry Girlfredo -- broccoli florets, carrots, sugar snap peas... Yum! You can also brown some onion in the skillet before you mix up your sauce.

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