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?

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

Vegetable Pastitsio

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

Pasta and Peas

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For a light and springy pasta dinner, try this pea, basil and Parmesan pesto, then top things off with strips of salty prosciutto.

Total: 30 mins

Scallop Pasta


Don't save scallops solely for restaurant meals. They're remarkably fast (and tasty) to prepare at home.

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.

The Mediterranean Diet: 7 Days of Healthy Recipes

You love vegetarian pizza. You're nuts about healthy chicken dishes. Can't live without pasta.

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

Baked Penne

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Prefer another protein? Toss in leftover chicken or steak in place of the ham in this baked pasta dish.

Pappardelle Primavera with Spring Vegetables

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For a complete pasta dinner in 20 minutes, toss steamed spring vegetables with pasta and a light white wine and garlic sauce. Add grilled steak, chicken or shrimp for more protein.

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

Ham and Spinach Two-Cheese Pasta

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This hearty yet healthy ham and pasta bake is served in individual ramekins so there's no need to fight over the biggest portion.

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.

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-!)

One-Pot Ham and Greens Pasta

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On a busy night, turn to this quick one-pot pasta dinner. Serve with a bowl of berries and cream for dessert to cover all of your nutrition bases.

Total: 20 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
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