Palmini pasta is a great alternative to regular spaghetti noodles, and it's actually super tasty. It also has some added benefits that you might not have considered. For example, Palmini noodles are gluten-free, low carb, and keto friendly, which means if you're allergic or sensitive to gluten or have a low carb lifestyle, this could be a really good option for you!
Learn all about hearts of palm pasta including how to cook palmini noodles, what it even is, plus all the tips and tricks for cooking with hearts of palm. Plus we give you a simple palmini noodle recipe and share numerous of our favorite sauces. It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
What is palmini?
Palmini is a type of pasta made from the hearts of palm, which is a vegetable that is native to South America. This means that it is low carb and gluten-free, plus it has a slightly sweet, mild, nutty taste that pairs well with any of your favorite sauces.
The hearts of palms are a great source of dietary fiber, as well as vitamins A and C. They are also a good source of potassium, magnesium, and manganese.
How to Cook Palmini Noodles
The first time I made hearts of palm pasta I mixed it in with a hearty Italian meat sauce and I tell you what, my teenage son had NO idea he wasn't eating regular pasta! I think the key to cooking with hearts of palm noodles is to make sure you're serving it with a sauce with a lot of delicious flavors on its own. The palmini vegetable pasta takes on the taste of whatever you're serving it with.
Palmini Pasta Ingredients
When you go to buy palmini pasta at the grocery store, we have a quick tip to point out. Hearts of palm pasta and palmini noodles are the SAME THING, they're just often called by different names because the Palmini BRAND of hearts of palm pasta has become synonymous with their name. We've tried both of these brands and both are seriously delicious, it's easier for us to find the Trader Joe's variety since it's just down the street from us but Palmini is available at many grocery stores and they're sold online too.
- Palmini Noodles (hearts of palm pasta) - linguine is the most commonly found variety. We love that Palmini also makes a variety pack that not only includes linguine, but also includes angel hair, lasagne noodles, rice, and mashed.
And because hearts of palm is a lower-carb vegetable, you can enjoy hearts of palm linguine or other recipes if you're eating sugar-free, dairy-free, low-carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, or Whole30.
How to Cook Palmini Noodles
The most popular way to cook palmini noodles is to just give them a quick saute in a skillet. We show you exactly how to cook hearts of palm pasta plus show you other methods and share our popular sauces that go perfectly with hearts of palm pasta recipes.
Rinse the palmini noodles and set them aside.
Heat a small to medium size pan or skillet over medium heat. Add a touch of oil or cooking spray to the skillet.
Add the palmini pasta noodles and saute them for 5 minutes until they're heated through.
Serve with your favorite sauce! Some of our favorites:
Other cooking methods
Microwave- after rinsing the hearts of palm pasta, put it in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 2 minutes.
Boil- Add water to a pan, bring it to a boil, turn it down to medium-low and simmer the palmini for 10 minutes.
Hearts of Palm Recipe Tips
- Hearts of palm pasta and palmini pasta noodles are the same thing and the terms get used interchangeably.
- The easiest way to learn how to cook palmini noodles is to simply rinse them to remove any starch and then saute it in a skillet with a little oil.
- Palmini pasta can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.
Serve hearts of palm pasta with a side salad, a fruit salad, in a salad, in a soup as a pasta replacement, or if you're serving your palmini pasta as a meatless side dish, it pairs well with fish, seafood, chicken, or pork on the side.
Yes, you can boil Palmini just like regular spaghetti noodles. Simply add them to boiling water and let them cook for about 10 minutes.
Some people say that Palmini tastes a lot like traditional Italian egg noodle pasta. However, others say that it has a slightly different flavor and texture.
Some people say that you should rinse hearts of palm pasta before cooking it, while others say that this is not necessary. Rinsing the pasta will help to remove any excess of vegetable starch.
Some people say that soaking Palmini noodles in milk will help them to cook faster. Others say that it helps to soften the noodles and gives them a better flavor.
Palmini pasta and hearts of palm noodles are both gluten-free, healthy, and delicious alternatives to traditional spaghetti noodles. They can be boiled, stir fried, or roasted in the oven. Palmini makes a great addition to salads and soups, while hearts of palm pasta is perfect for dishes with a creamy sauce. Give one of our methods and sauces a try and let us know what you think!
More Low Carb Pasta Recipes
- Lemon caper pasta with palmini noodles
- keto spaghetti sauce with meat and noodles
- baked cauliflower mac and cheese
- keto chicken noodle soup with zoodles