3 Healthy Pasta Dishes

3 Healthy Pasta Dishes

Read our list of recipes: 3 easy, healthy pasts dishes.

Some health conscious dieters and nutritionists think pasta should be excluded from their diet. They object to the carbohydrate influx and the inevitable insulin spike that follows. But there ware ways to eat pasta as part of a healthy diet. In fact, most pasta recipes have extremely low fat.

Healthy pasta dishes make excellent low calorie meals

One of the most popular and healthy choices is whole wheat pasta. It has lots of nutritional benefits. The first is the lower calorie count. Calories of course need to be limited to avoid weight gain (or kept in a deficit to stimulate weight loss!). We all know obesity is bad.

The second benefit is fiber, which helps regulate the digestive track and is higher in protein than the non-whole grain options. We recommend whole wheat pasta as the basis for any healthy pasta dish. And without further adieu, here are three great healthy pasta dishes that you can make yourself!

Health Pasta Dish #1: Whole wheat pasta with tomato gravy [1]

Takes 10 minutes to cook.

The ingredients:
For the sauce:
2 tsp oil, 3/4th cup low fat milk
1 tsp sugar, corn flour and chopped garlic, 1 ½ cup tomato puree
1 cup chopped onions, ½ tsp chili powder and salt.

For the dish:
1tsp oil and 1 tsp dry red chilly flake
2 tsp chopped garlic
¼ cup chopped capsicum and sweet corn kernels and 3 cups cooked whole wheat pasta.

Heat the oil in two separate pans for the preparation of sauce and the dish. Add the ingredients. Serve the pasta hot.

Health Pasta Dish #2: Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas [2]

Takes 30 minutes to cook.

Carbonara is one of the healthiest pasta dishes, because it packs a decent amount of protein with the inclusion of eggs and bacon. And what’s not to love about eggs and bacon? Even with the eggs and bacon, the dish is low in calories and fat overall. This particular pasta dish (if served with whole wheat pasta) also has 9 grams of fiber per serving.

Always keep in mind that ready-made low-fat spaghetti sauces are available! Save yourself some time if you’re in a crunch.

8 ounces of whole wheat spaghetti
2 cups frozen peas, 3 cloves, minced garlic
4 strips of thick bacon
2 eggs at room temperature
¼ tsp salt, fresh grounded pepper
¾ shredded cheese

Boil water. Add spaghetti, cook for 10 minutes. Add peas and garlic and stir for 3 minutes. Cook bacon in a separate non stick pan. Once it turns crispy shift to paper towel lined plate to drain. Add eggs, salt, pepper and other ingredients. Add it to the egg mixture. Stir for 5 minutes to thicken the sauce. Serve a portion with 1 tsp of cheese.

Health Pasta Dish #3: Linguine with Walnut Tomato Pesto [3]

Takes 20 minutes to cook.

1 Cup basil leaves, 6 oil packed sun dried tomatoes
¼ walnut pieces, 1/s tsp salt, 6 table spoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp red pepper flakes and 12 oz linguine.

Chop basil, walnuts, garlic in food processor. Add salt, tomatoes, pepper and cheese. Pulse it for sometime. Pour oil. Cook the pasta as per the directions on the packet. Add 1 cup of water and pulse till the dish turns smooth. Toss up some pesto with the pasta in warm pot.

That makes 3 healthy pasta dishes you can make at home

These are tasty, inexpensive meals that can absolutely be part of a healthy diet. Without a doubt, these healthy pasta dishes are Good Food.

[1] Dalal, Tarla. “Whole Wheat Pasta with Tomato Gravy (Low Calorie Health Cooking).” http://www.tarladalal.com/Whole-Wheat-Pasta-With-Tomato-Gravy-(-Low-Calorie-Healthy-Cooking-)-1404r.

[2] EatingWell. “Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas.” http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/carbonara.html.

[3] Women’s Health. “The 10 Easiest Pasta Meals Ever.” http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/fast-pasta.