Healthy Pasta Dishes

From Asian noodles to pasta primavera and more, we have dozens of recipes for healthy pasta dishes. Whether it's topped with a fresh tomato sauce or tossed with seafood, pasta makes a healthy choice every time.

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Make Mine Meatless: Tasty, Healthy Main Dishes

One of my goals for the new year is to cook one meatless dinner per week. Recipes like Greek Quinoa with Avocados make it easy to stick to that goal. Why the push for meatless?

Vegetable Pastitsio

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Here's a great-tasting, meatless version of the popular Greek dish.

Gemelli with Asparagus and Sausage

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Juicy Italian sausage, creamy ricotta cheese, and bright, peppery fresh basil lend incredible flavor to this vibrant pasta dish. Rich pine nuts and nutritious asparagus add texture and dimension. When buying asparagus, look for firm, bright green stalks with tight tips. If stems are tough, simply remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler.

Total: 40 mins

La Bandiera (Italian Flag Pasta)

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Thanks to a zippy anchovy paste and peppery arugula, pasta and potatoes combine for a fast, easy and super flavorful recipe.

Sausage-Pasta Pie

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The tomato and turkey sausage sauce nestles in a crust of baked vermicelli in this family-pleasing recipe.

Healthy Pasta and Potato Salads

Pasta and potato salads are staples of the barbecue-and-picnic season. Both are high in carbohydrates, but when pasta and potatoes are cooked and then cooled, some of their starches are converted to "resistant" starches, which pass through the body undigested. To be sure, the effect is fairly small, shaving only a few calories from each serving.

Orzo Pasta with Mushrooms and Leeks

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This low-fat pasta recipe is an ideal side dish to serve with grilled or roasted beef or chicken.

Total: 25 mins

Pasta with Scallops and Fresh Vegetables

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In just 30 minutes, you can cook the pasta, stir-fry the veggies, cook the scallops in wine, and toss it all together to produce this superb dish.

Total: 30 mins

Zucchini and Pasta Provencale

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Forget packaged pasta mixes! Toss shell macaroni with sauteed vegetables and canned zucchini for a quick and tasty side dish.

Total: 25 mins

Tortellini with Garden Vegetable Sauce

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Prefer ravioli? Serve the fresh vegetable sauce over a 9-ounce package of refrigerated ravioli.

Roasted Pepper Pasta with Basil Pesto

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In this garden-fresh pesto sauce, chicken broth replaces the oil, and roasted sweet peppers contribute the extra style and flavor.

Total: 1 hr 10 mins

MyPlate Meals: 5 Heavenly Healthy Pasta Dinners

Pasta is often called a guilty pleasure. However, with a little creativity and know-how, this beloved dish can easily drop the "guilty" without losing any of the pleasure. The changes needed to transform pasta from a calorie- (and carb-!) laden dish into a healthy treat are simple. For example, ditch the "white" noodles for a whole-wheat alternative, incorporate lots of fresh veggies, and skip the heavy sauces. To help you indulge your love of pasta and maintain a nutritious, balanced diet, we're giving you five of our favorite healthy pasta recipes. From an elegant shrimp-and-pasta dinner to aread more

MyPlate Meal: Healthy, Kid-Friendly "Pasta" Dinner

Parenting experts will tell you that it's important to tell your kids the truth -- and, you know, I agree ... kinda. Because as any parent in the real world knows, there are times that little white lies are necessary for dealing with little ones. (Santa Claus, anyone?) See, I think dinnertime is absolutely fair play when it comes to fibbing -- and tricks ... and camouflage ... and distraction. Basically anything that works to get kids to eat a healthy meal. That's why this recipe for spaghetti squash with fresh homemade tomato sauce is perfect. It's undeniablyread more

Pasta with Seafood

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Shrimp, scallops, and clams combined with pasta make an unbeatable low-fat meal.

Lebanese Chicken with Couscous

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Orange and honey blend with cinnamon and allspice for Middle-Eastern flavored chicken.

Cavatappi with Tomatoes and Ham

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Ham and vegetables are tossed with pasta in this quick recipe.

Total: 30 mins

Fusilli Primavera

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Fresh vegetables tossed with fun shaped pasta make this low-calorie vegetarian meal nice for entertaining.

Total: 40 mins
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