Healthy Pasta Recipes

Pastas are great filling meals, but they don’t have to be heavy. Try any of these healthy pasta recipes filled with vegetables, lean meats, and light sauces!

More Collections: Chicken Pasta Recipes, Easy Pasta Recipes, Penne Pasta Recipes, Vegetarian Pasta Recipes

Collage of healthy pasta recipes

our favorite healthy pasta dishes

Is there such a thing as a healthy pasta recipe?

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. 😉 

Healthy Garlic Butter Pasta Recipes on a white plate

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! 

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Spiralized Vegetables- steamed or cooked to soften them
  • Eggplant Lasagna Noodles
  • Cabbage Noodles
  • Tofu Noodles
  • Seaweed Pasta
  • Zucchini 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.

Pasta Primavera Recipe
A tried and true dinner recipe! Delicious pasta full of vegetables like zucchini, squash, bell peppers, and tomatoes. 
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.6 from 10 votes
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Zucchini Ribbons and Pasta Recipe
Zucchini Ribbons and Pasta with Creamy Lemon-Basil Pasta - so delicious and under 400 calories! 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Pesto 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. 
Total Time: 25 minutes
4 from 4 votes
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Lemon and Asparagus Pasta Recipe
This Lemon and Asparagus Pasta is so simple, yet packed with amazing flavor! Penne (or your favorite) pasta, mixed with asparagus, and covered in a cheesy sauce with just a hint of lemon. Pasta with asparagus has become a new family favorite!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.25 from 4 votes
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Cheesy Chicken Asparagus Pasta Recipe
Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Asparagus - a favorite dish topped with panko and baked to perfection!!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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garlic butter pasta on plate
Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe
A garlic butter-y pasta dish filled with green and red peppers, carrots, olives, cheese and parsley. It's so simple and so flavorful!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Bruschetta Chicken Pasta Recipe
Bruschetta Chicken Pasta - perfect for barbecues and get togethers. It's filled with penne, chicken, tomatoes, basil and Parmesan!!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Chicken Spaghetti Recipe
This easy recipe calls for chicken, spaghetti noodles, cream of chicken, salsa, sour cream and cheese, making it the epitome of comfort food.
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 24 votes
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Baked Spaghetti Squash 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!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe
This creamy Turkey Tetrazzini is a simple and flavorful pasta casserole dish. It's perfect for using leftover holiday turkey, but makes for a crowd favorite year round!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.95 from 19 votes
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Healthy Pasta Salads

Healthy Pasta Salads

A lot of these pasta salad recipes incorporate vegetables, lean meats, and oil based dressings instead of heavier mayo based dressings.

Some more ideas for making it healthy include:

  • Substitute nonfat greek yogurt for mayo in the dressing
  • Use whole grain pastas
  • If it incorporates cheese, use low fat or part skim cheeses
Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
A dish that is appealing to both your tastebuds and your eyes! This beautiful Layered Pasta Salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Delicious Taco Pasta Salad filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and more!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
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.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
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.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe
A great summer dish - Bowtie Pasta Salad recipe on { lilluna.com } Yummy pasta, veggies, & dressing!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe
Chinese Pasta Salad - filled with lettuce, noodles, fried wontons and more tossed in a delicious homemade dressing.
Total Time: 6 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Veggie Pasta Salad Recipe
A DELICIOUS and flavorful Veggie Pasta Salad filled with your favorite veggies and topped with a homemade vinaigrette dressing and Parmesan cheese.
Total Time: 30 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe
Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad - a light and delicious salad filled with orzo, fresh mozzarella cubes, tomatoes and basil. Definitely a new favorite and so simple!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe
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!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Tortellini Salad Recipe
Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits - perfect for summer time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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