17 Pasta Recipes For When You're Trying To Be Healthy

    No "zoodles" or veggie substitutes here — just pasta, but healthier.

    Pasta is a glorious thing.

    Even though traditional pasta is just carbs and more carbs, there's no reason to cut it out entirely. Carbohydrates are still part of a well-rounded, nutritious diet, and they're a good source of energy. Plus, there are ways to incorporate more vegetables, lean protein, and other unprocessed ingredients so that your pasta is more nourishing. That way, you don't have to turn all your vegetables into "zoodles" (aka a sad, floppy excuse for spaghetti and linguine).

    And, OK, sure, you might want to try whole-wheat or brown rice pasta instead of refined white flour pasta, depending on your dietary needs and body composition goals (more info on that here), but if you're really just looking to make your favorite pastas healthier, these recipes are a good place to start.

    1. Creamy Vegan Lemon and Asparagus Pasta

    You actually cook the pasta in the sauce so prep and cleanup are ridiculously easy. And this hearty puttanesca is full of veggies and robust Mediterranean flavors.

    Find the recipe here, via Yup It's Vegan.

    3. Healthy Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta

    4. Sesame-Peanut Soba Noodle Salad With Avocado

    5. Creamy Avocado and Spinach Pasta

    6. Mushroom Bolognese

    7. Sicilian Pasta with Almonds and Anchovies

    8. Chicken Sausage and Kale Penne

    9. Fettuccine with Cauliflower Alfredo

    10. Rotini and Pea Pesto with Sun-dried Tomato and Arugula

    11. Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs

    12. Penne Rosa With Veggies and Shrimp

    13. Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

    It's basically spinach and artichoke dip (made with low-fat cottage cheese) inside lasagna, which is the best idea ever.

    Find the recipe here, via Cookie and Kate.

    14. Healthy Linguine With White Clam Sauce

    15. Slow-Cooker Turkey Ragu With Linguine

    16. Pumpkin and Kale Rigatoni Pasta Bake

    17. Spaghetti with Sautéed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes