The BEST Pasta Alternative – Broccoli Slaw

Okay, so this is more of an idea than an actual recipe … but it’s a good one! The other day during my weekly stop at TJ’s (how cool people say Trader Joe’s), I picked up a bag of broccoli slaw on a whim. Never bought it, never eaten it, but for some reason I decided in my head that I needed one bag of broccoli slaw. My brain is a tricky place – I don’t even know.


Anyhoot, once armed with a bag of broccoli slaw I took to Google to decide what the heck I was going to do with it. It was then that I discovered the most genius idea – use broccoli slaw as “pasta!” Why didn’t I think of that?!

I don’t own a spiralizer and let’s be honest, mandolins are dangerous. Besides that, thinly slicing a zucchini squash for “pasta” noodles is tedious. Enter: broccoli slaw. It’s the perfect quick pasta alternative that, quite frankly, doesn’t taste like much but adds a great texture to meat sauce, meatballs, or any other pasta variations.


All you have to do is add 1/4 cup water to a skillet and cook slaw until the water has evaporated and the slaw is soft – about 5 to 8 minutes. Here I added vegetables, chicken and marinara sauce.

Yay! How neat is that?!



  1. Marge says

    I am going to have to try this! We have a Trader Joe’s in our area. So glad to have found this website on the Amish website. The recipes there are good, but aren’t the best for a healthier lifestyle! I will be checking back here often!

    • says

      Thanks so much for your kind words! Trader Joe’s is great – You’ll see I use their products often. :)

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