I guess it all depends on what type of diet you typically follow. As for the recipes I listed below, I tried to look for recipes that were lower in calories, incorporated veggies, or used leaner meats like chicken.
I listed several of our favorite pasta main dishes, as well as different pasta salads. The salads can often be used as a side or a main dish. Between the two lists, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something healthy your family will love. Plus, you can always make minor changes to the recipes like less butter or other oils or dressings to make them lighter. 😉
Tips for making pasta healthy
Low carb Pasta: Before we get to the recipe lists I wanted to share some pasta alternatives to make these dishes even healthier. I’ve used spaghetti squash in some of my spaghetti bakes and my kids didn’t even notice!
Spiralized Vegetables- steamed or cooked to soften them
Eggplant Lasagna Noodles
Sneak in the Veggies: Many of our recipes use obvious veggies as an integral part of the dish. Unfortunately that can be a turn off for kids and even some adults!
Sneaking veggies into a pasta dish is fairly simple especially if the sauce is creamy. I especially like to add shredded carrots or zucchini into my red sauces. Just sauté the veggies in a skillet with little olive oil until tender, then toss them into your favorite sauce. Sneaky Sneaky
See the individual recipe posts for more tips on recipe substitutions, storage info and more.
Lighter Pasta Recipes
Lighter Pasta Recipes
Vegetables, light sauces, and lean meats all help to make these pasta recipes just a little bit healthier! Feel free to use different types of pasta noodles—like veggie based, whole wheat, or gluten free—to make these recipes fulfill your dietary needs.
Main CoursePasta Primavera Recipe
A tried and true dinner recipe! Delicious pasta full of vegetables like zucchini, squash, bell peppers, and tomatoes.
Zucchini Ribbons and Pasta with Creamy Lemon-Basil Pasta - so delicious and under 400 calories!
Total Time: 30minutes
5 from 1 vote
Main CoursePesto Pasta recipe
This Chicken Pesto Pasta is very flavorful and simple dinner idea that is sure to please. It's filled with bow-tie pasta, chunks of chicken, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and pesto making it a new go-to meal recipe.
Learn how to perfectly cook spaghetti squash every time with this fabulous recipe! Tender strands of spaghetti squash mixed with cheese, tomatoes, and a little bit of basil, both healthy and delicious!
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
This delicious Greek Pasta Salad is filled with rotini pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese and is covered in a tasty greek dressing! It's our new go-to pasta salad and is perfectly light and refreshing.
This Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad Is Covered In Basil And Filled With Mozzarella Balls, Tomatoes, Basil And Balsamic Vinaigrette Reduction Sauce! It's A Light Dish With A Bold Flavor, Making It Perfect For Potlucks, Parties, BBQ's, And Get Togethers!
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