Healthy Pasta Recipes

Sharing today our favorite healthy PASTA RECIPES that are easy to prepare, loaded with healthy veggies or made with veggie forward pasta sauce. Easy to transform to vegan pasta dinner.
Healthy Pasta Recipes

Healthy and delicious, 27 Vegetarian Pasta Recipes. Many are easy to adapt to vegan. All are easy to adapt to gluten free using gluten free pasta. Few are made with veggie forward pasta sauce such as carrot pesto or pumpkin pasta sauce.

I love sneaking our daily meal with veggies to count for daily serving of veggies. It's healthy and also a great way to make pick eaters eat vegetables.

One thing I like is that a delicious pasta does very good job in elevating the flavor of veggies. That way, no one complains to enjoy a veggie forward dinner. You can also add more veggies and use less pasta which reduces the carbs per serving.

MAKE IT A BALANCED MEAL

In-fact, I love adding lean protein such as shrimp, roasted or grilled white meat chicken, or crispy tofu to make vegetarian pasta a complete balanced healthy pasta dinner.

Pick a few of these Healthy Pasta Recipes to try this week. Most recipes have details to make-ahead. As a general rule, all pasta sauces can be made ahead.

You can easily include these in your next week's dinner menu. (Leftovers work great for lunch!)

Creamy Asparagus Pasta

Asparagus Penne Pasta with creamy lemon-garlic parmesan cheese sauce. This pasta recipe is easy and versatile to pair with any dinner you planned for weeknight. Whether you like chicken, salmon or vegetarian, this delicious asparagus pasta you can serve with any of your favorite protein. Pasta dishes such...

Roasted Tomatoes Orzo Pasta

You are going to love this Roasted Tomatoes Orzo Pasta. It is officially my favorite fresh tomatoes pasta dinner this summer. It is loaded with garlic and parmesan flavor, makes creamy orzo pasta without creams, and needs only pantry staples you already have. It is vegetarian, perfect for meatless days or...

Pasta Alla Norma

Fresh eggplant always make me crave Pasta Alla Norma. Pasta All Norma is an eggplant and pasta dish featuring roasted or sauted eggplant, with a tomato basil sauce and fresh lite cheese. Today I'm sharing a weekday-approved Pasta All Norma with my Modern take on authentic recipe. My recipe is an every-day...

Pasta in Vodka Cream Sauce

Try step by step recipe for Pasta in Vodka Cream Sauce. Prepared with tomato, cream and vodka, this is an easy yet very delicious Pasta Sauce recipe. You can also make sauce ahead of time and refrigerate it for later use, add chicken or veggies for restaurant-style Pasta Dinner at home. Only 20 minutes Coo...

Cherry Tomato Basil Tortellini Pasta

Tortellini Pasta with fresh cherry tomato and basil pan pasta sauce. Cherry tomatoes create a flavorful sweet and tangy pan sauce in minutes. Touch of garlic, lemon and parmesan with lots of basil and cheese filled tortellini pasta equals an easy weeknight dinner, bursting with flavors.This recipe has many...

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Penne Alla Vodka

This recipe for Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is my fall inspired take on Penne Alla Vodka with penne pasta coated in fresh roasted Pumpkin Vodka Cream Sauce, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil. My Pumpkin Marinara a.k.a pumpkin pasta sauce is gluten free, and can be vegan. It stays good in refrigerator for up-10 days...

Ultimate Greek Pasta Salad

You guys, this Greek Pasta Salad is flavor bomb! With marinated sweet-sour red onions, crunchy cucumber and creamy feta, it will be your most-favorite pasta salad ever. Every cook and foodie should have a Greek pasta salad card in their personal recipe repertoire.. Don't you think? If you are looking for y...

Carrot Pesto Sauce Pasta

Imagine, eating creamy pasta for dinner.. even when no marinara, alfredo, or basil pesto sauce in hand but just a handful of fresh carrots!! Yes, you read it right. Carrots, no carrot greens! Sharing today, a 6 ingredient Carrot Sauce Pasta made with fresh carrot's pesto. Nutty parmesan, pine nuts, sweet...

Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad, a creamy summer pasta salad inspired from Caesar Salad with crunchy romaine lettuce, bow-tie pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a delicious Caesar salad dressing. With crunch of croutons and buttery parmesan cheese.. this summer pasta salad is dream-come-true for Caesar salad and sum...

Spicy Avocado Sauce Pasta

Spicy Avocado Sauce Pasta is a healthy, gluten free dinner side or main! A spicy, and zesty combination of flavors with good fats of avocado, antioxidants of chilies and is creamy without even a drop of cream! Like amaZing!Avocado pesto, if I may call it, is vegan because it is totally plant based. I pair...

Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce

Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce is one amazingly simple pasta sauce that best utilize the flavors of fresh sweet summer cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are so naturally sweet and rich that just 10 minutes in pan create a flavorful tomato sauce that will go great with any kind of pasta - spaghetti, bucatini, or...

Pasta with Basil and Pistachio Pesto

Who does not love nutty, rich, and aromatic taste of basil pesto? If you are new to pesto, Basil Pesto is a flavorful basil sauce (or paste), made with olive oil, basil, garlic, grated hard cheese, and pine nuts. A few simple ingredients to make a delicious basil pesto at home, in less than 5 minutes.Store...

Roasted Cauliflower Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca - herbaceous Italian-staple spiced tomato and olives sauce pasta, served vegan with roasted cauliflower. A complete weekday dinner, ready in just 30 minutes start to finish! Also including instructions to make Puttanesca Sauce in advance. With sauce already ready, all you have to do for d...

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Penne Pasta

This season, start loving the eggplant again with this roasted eggplant and tomato penne pasta. This velvety eggplant and tomato sauce is my take on eggplant caponata served with pasta for a healthy and gluten free weeknight dinner. For me, finishing the day with a bowl of homemade, flavorful, and healthie...

Roasted Fennel and Artichoke Pasta Salad

Roasted Fennel and Artichoke Pasta Salad - Sweet roasted buttery fennels coated parmesan cheese, with meaty artichokes, and orecchiette pasta dressed in a lite and lemony thyme dressing! This festive salad is perfect side for a festive Holiday Family dinner Or a weekday dinner with some protein on the side...

Lemon-Herb Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera translates to "Spring Pasta" in English and that's what this pasta is all about - an easy pasta recipe, packed with veggies, for a filling vegetarian dinner. Lots and lots of colorful vegetables, fresh herbs, lemon, cream, and your favorite pasta in ONE bowl! A part of me call it "Pasta" an...

Tian Provençal with Orzo (Vegetable Pasta Casserole)

Tian Provençal is a vegetable gratin with layered sliced zucchini, squash, and tomato baked in oven on bed of sauce until vegetables are cooked and flavors meld, a bit like a ratatouille. Today's recipe features Tian as one-pot vegetable and pasta casserole. I cooked vegetable gratin (Tian Provençal) on to...

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Shells

Starting Monday with an easy recipe for baked Stuffed Shells with delicious, vegetarian spinach, artichoke and cheese stuffing. This recipe is special because it is: 1) perfect for easy, comfy, weeknight family dinner. 2) good for meatless Monday. 3) lite, not heavy. Serve with suggested side of salad to k...

Meatless Baked Ziti with Red Kuri Squash

Meatless Baked Ziti with Red Kuri Squash, mushroom, flavorful tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. This recipe is special for two reasons; 1) A lite no-meat take on everyone's favorite comfort food - Baked Ziti; 2) and a baked pasta recipe with a squash that you don't have to peel. Yes! Red Kuri Squash has...

Easy Stir Fry with Udon Noodles

Say "Hello" to caramelized, umami, chewy noodle stir-fry with Udon Noodles, veggies, tofu and amazingly delicious, made-from-scratch stir-fry sauce. Super easy to put together for weeknight dinner and tastes better than Asian takeout! Replace tofu with your favorite meat for a main dish, or make as a side...

Spicy Soba Noodles Vegetable Stir Fry

Spicy Soba Noodles and Vegetables stir fry makes perfect quick dinner for Friday, or any day when I want 15 minutes or less in kitchen. Soba noodles cook quickly. 5 minutes stir-fry in wok (or regular saute pan) and takeout style dinner at home. Lite, loaded with crunchy veggies, and amazing sweet and spic...

Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna or Casserole is an Italian comfort dish made with layers of breaded eggplant slices, marinara sauce, basil, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and then baked until cheese has melted and bubbly.Honestly, this casserole is my rendezvous with comfort food. To take lots of oil and fat ou...

Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Coconut-Lime Tofu

This sesame garlic soba noodles and spinach stir fry with sweet and lemony coconut-lime tofu is perfect to start meatless Monday fit and healthy. In just 15 minutes from kitchen to dinner tables, this quick dinner can fit in any schedule! In my family, not just dinner, this vegan noodle bowl is also for lu...

Noodles with Chili-Lime Peanut Sauce

Making dinner for which most prep can be finished, in morning or previous night, is one of my tricks for saving me from 110 degrees heat in kitchen. Like these Asian Noodles which use a spicy peanut sauce that stays good in refrigerator, even for 2 days! Also, who does not love Peanuts or let me be specifi...

Cannellini Beans Ragu Fettuccine Pasta

On your next Italian night, upgrade the pasta - replace meat sauce with hearty and veggie protein rich cannellini beans ragu. Pair it with side veggie salad and orange punch for a dinner kids will devour.This bean ragu pasta sauce is hearty and so much packed with flavor that you will not miss the need of...

Moroccan Couscous Tfaya with Chickpeas and Cranberries

I am enjoying a bowl of, my version of, delicious couscous tfaya while writing this post. I made couscous with spiced chickpeas, caramelized onions, and cranberries yesterday, this preparation is similar to a famous Moroccan couscous dish called "couscous tfaya". One thing is certain even before I tell you...

Mushroom Bolognese

How about starting Monday with a rustic and comforting yet vegetarian pasta dinner with meatless Mushroom Bolognese?! Vegetarian version of traditional Meat Bolognese made with tomato sauce, mushrooms, and aromatics. In this mushroom version, I used two kinds of fresh mushrooms - white button and earthy cr...

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