We don’t normally think of pasta as a “good-for-you” dish, although it’s always good on the taste buds. The , , and we generously grate on don’t help—but what if we told you there were some healthy pasta recipes out there? There are different degrees of healthiness, but we made it a point to run the gamut.
Some recipes sub in veggie pasta for flour-based, others call for half zoodles and half noodles, and if you’re craving macaroni like crazy, you can always throw a few handfuls of lentils into your favorite pasta (they’re packed with fiber so they’ll fill help fill you up faster). Click through to see the eight healthy pasta recipes we can’t stop talking about (or eating).
Fettuccine Alfredo lovers, rejoice: are garnished with kale and an über-creamy sauce. Skip the butter and flour in favor of olive oil and arrowroot starch—we swear that you won’t lose any of the flavor.
This is made with just two ingredients—flour and pumpkin (no machine necessary). Then whip up a sauce of salted butter, garlic, fried sage, white wine, and just a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. You’ll want to make this year-round.
The easiest way to control your carb intake? By throwing in some tasty lentils, you won’t go overboard on the pasta (aka you’ll fill up faster). Of note: A spicy red-pepper flake tomato sauce goes especially great over corkscrew noodles in .
We all know avocados are filled with healthy fats, so they instantly add some nutrients to . Blend the peeled fruit with garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and some leftover pasta water for a creamy—and good-for-you—sauce. A runny egg makes the ultimate topping.
A that’s not unhealthy? We saw this dairy-free recipe on Root + Revel and had to share. Gluten-free pasta shells get fancied up with a creamy sauce whipped up from cauliflower, butternut squash, turmeric, cashews, nutritional yeast, and vegetable broth.
What do you do when you’re craving the real stuff? Mix in half whole wheat noodles and half zoodles together for the perfect blend. Top with lemony shrimp and sprinkle with grated cheese… delish. Seconds, please.
Healthy pasta recipes don’t just include warm noodles—it can be a cold salad, too. calls for whole-wheat macaroni, roasted artichokes, and halved heirloom tomatoes in a refreshing lemon dressing. A dish of this makes a great work lunch the next day—your co-workers will be jealous.
Yes, we already have one avocado-injected recipe, but we knew we needed to provide a lighter take on carbonara pasta. Bucatini and zucchini ribbons are tossed in a carbonara made from blended avocado, reserved pasta water, and egg and then topped with crispy bacon bits (sub in prosciutto if you like it better).
Do you have any favorite healthy pasta recipes? Share with us in the comments, and then read about .