Top 5 Easiest Healthy Pasta Recipes

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As the carb-free diet craze comes to an end, pasta dishes are making a bit of a comeback. And although some carbohydrates should still be avoided, pasta can totally be part of a healthy, low-fat diet plan.

I think this comes as somewhat of a relief to most of you out there since enjoying food is something you never want to lose track of and so we’re going to look at 5 easy and healthy pasta recipes to keep you fit and energized.

A good reminder is also that when it comes to carbohydrates, you never want to cut them out completely. Carbs play an important role in the digestion of protein, for example, and also help sustain a number of energy systems in your body.

So for those of you out there who still want to have pasta for dinner, my recommendation would be that you try and have an earlier dinner than usual and at least 3-4 hours before you go to sleep.  This is a powerful trick that a lot of athletes and even fitness models will use to load their muscles with carbohydrates so they can utilize all that energy and go hard at the gym the next day.

Just for clarification, we don’t want to forget that eating highly processed and refined carbohydrates, like white flour and white rice is not where we’re going here. All of these recipes will get you to reinvent the dish with whole wheat or whole grain pasta, or even other alternatives like brown rice pasta.

As a side note, if you are completely focused on cutting down on your midsection you may want to look at my full 7 day/week Sexy Flat Abs Meal Plan, the feedback on the results has been pretty awesome on these.

Now let’s take a look at these healthy pasta recipes…

Easy Healthy Pasta Recipe #1 – Lemon Shrimp Primavera

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces of whole grain spaghettini or linguine
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon of grated lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Cook the pasta first, and when cooked to desired consistency, drain and coat with olive oil. Coat the shrimp in lemon juice and grill in a non-stick pan with some cooking spray, 2-3 minutes per side. Add the shrimp, roasted red pepper, lemon zest, and salt and pepper to the pasta and toss. Makes 4 servings.

Easy Healthy Pasta Recipe #2 – Penne with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons of salt
  • ¼ cup of fresh chopped basil leaves
  • 12 ounces of whole grain penne
  • ¼ cup of reduced fat grated parmesan (optional)

Directions: Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet or pan, and add onion and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, then add tomatoes and salt, bringing the sauce to a mixture. After about 10 minutes, the sauce should begin to thicken. Cook the penne separately to desired consistency, drain, and toss with sauce, extra tablespoon of olive oil, and fresh basil. Makes 4 servings.

Easy Healthy Pasta Recipe #3 – Tuscan Bow Ties

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of brown rice bow tie pasta
  • 2 ½ cups of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 can of small white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup of chopped red pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Cook the pasta to desired consistency and drain. In a large skillet or pan, heat the oil and add in the red pepper and garlic. Cook for 4 minutes, then add the spinach and white beans. Cook for another 2 minutes before adding the pasta to the skillet, along with the rosemary, salt, and pepper. Makes 4 servings.

Easy Healthy Pasta Recipe #4 – Shells with Cauliflower

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of whole wheat pasta shells
  • ¼ cup of walnut pieces, toasted
  • ½ head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup of grated reduced fat parmesan (optional)

Directions: Start cooking pasta, and when 5 minutes of cooking remain, add in the cauliflower and carrot and continue cooking until pasta is desired consistency. Add peas in the last minute, and drain water. In a large skillet or frying pan, heat oil and garlic for 2 minutes, then add pasta, veggies, parsley, and roasted walnut pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings.

Easy Healthy Pasta Recipe #5 – Veggie Rotini with Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of whole grain rotini
  • 1 salmon filet
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • ½ cup of chopped carrot
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Coat the salmon filet in a bit of lemon juice and olive oil, and bake for 16-18 minutes at 375 degrees. Cook the rotini to desired consistency and drain. In a large skillet or frying pan, heat olive oil and add garlic, carrot, zucchini, onion, and mushrooms. When veggies are tender, add tomatoes and linguine and continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes. Cut salmon filet into pieces and serve with pasta. Makes 2-4 servings.

Looking for more easy and healthy recipes?

Try my Quinoa Salad Recipes for a major nutritional boost. Also check out my Healthy Hummus Recipes for some great snacking ideas!

Which one of these Healthy Pasta Recipes are you going to try? Please leave a comment below…