Healthy Pasta Recipes
Healthy Pasta Recipes, and pasta in general has gotten a bad rap over
the years as being an unfriendly diet habit, because it’s full of the dreaded
carbohydrates that we are all trying to avoid for weight control.
Is the rap
sheet such that you should be avoiding pasta at all costs, or is there a healthy
way to include pasta into the mix?
Pros and Cons of Healthy Pasta Recipes
- It’s Quick! Many
pasta choices take only 3 minutes to boil, so it’s quicker to make a pasta meal
at home than going out to fast food.
- It’s Easy! If you can boil water, you can prepare pasta. If
you can open a jar, you can prepare the sauce. It’s a meal that anyone can
prepare. You must be careful when pouring out the boiling water, but otherwise
- It’s Inexpensive! You can easily find pasta for 99 cents a
pound, or even less on sale.
- It’s Versatile! You can include it in main dish recipes,
casseroles, salads, stir fries, chilies, and soups.
- It’s not Boring! You can serve pasta every day for a year,
and never make it the same, because it comes in all different shapes and sizes.
- It’s special diet friendly! You could use brown rice, high
fiber, spinach, sprouted wheat, corn, whole wheat, gluten free, or organic
pasta, and many more varieties are available.
- It allows you to include so many different seasonal
vegetable choices into your meal rotation.
- Pasta Con: The one big con for pasta is portion size. Pasta
servings are enormous, and many times 3 or 4 portions. A portion of pasta is 1 cup
and that is 200 calories. That huge pasta serving is not diet friendly, but
some simple changes can allow you to add pasta back to your healthy meal plan
How to Include Healthy Pasta Recipes in Meals
- Measure out 1 cup of cooked pasta only.
- Follow the half plate rule that says 1/4 of your plate should
be your carbohydrate choice. If you are serving pasta, 1/2 of your plate should
be full of vegetables. Include a salad that fills half of your plate, and
vegetables in your spaghetti sauce. Avoid serving bread with pasta.
- Try new pasta recipes that are loaded with seasonal
vegetables of all sorts. You can chop them, or blend them into the sauce for
picky eaters. (See my Produce page!)
- Avoid cream sauces that are loaded with calories.
- Add more vegetables to your existing pasta recipes.
Vegetables should be at least half of pasta salad, casseroles, or main dish
recipes. You will rarely find recipes that include that quantity of vegetables,
but just double or triple the recipe additions for vegetables in your favorite
Pasta recipes of the old days are gone. I would agree that a
plate full of pasta topped with a canned red sauce is not going to cut it, but
a cup of pasta topped with a red meat sauce that is loaded with vegetables, can
be a very healthy addition to a healthy eating plan!
Healthy Pasta Recipes
Below, you can find some of my favorite recipes:
(picture coming soon!)
Chicken and Vegetable Pasta
(recipe coming soon!)
Generic Quick Pasta Recipe for Seasonal Cooking
A generic quick pasta recipe should be a welcome addition to your healthy recipes collection, especially if you are into seasonal cooking. Many recipes can be developed from this recipe!
Ham Pasta is a simple meal planning
idea when you have leftover ham. It's cooked in one pan, quick, and
tastes great! Tasty healthy recipe when cooking seems a chore!
Sausage Veggie Pasta
Pasta has gotten a bad rap over the years, but Sausage Veggie Pasta will allow you to eat pasta in a portion controlled way which is a Healthy Diet Habit! You can have your pasta and eat it too!
Spaghetti Squash Recipe
This spaghetti squash recipe will allow you to keep pasta meals in your diet when you want a low carbohydrate treat that does not weight you down with extra calories!
Vegetarian Spaghetti Recipe
My Mom's vegetarian spaghetti recipe is not your traditional spaghetti recipe using red sauce and meat. It's laden with vegetables and topped with Parmesan or Romano Cheese. Meatless Monday Idea!
Vegetarian Spaghetti is a wonderful treat for the warmer weather when heavy meals aren't appealing. This recipe uses oven roasted bell peppers, zucchini, spinach, and fresh tomatoes!