Sometimes pasta gets a bad rap. And we see why: Too many carbs late in the evening isn’t always the best idea, unless you’re prepping for an extreme endurance race the next morning. But with some slight alterations, you can enjoy your pasta guilt-free. From sans-gluten options to recipes that rely on wholesome pairings with grain-dense pastas, we have a wide variety of options for the health nut who just craves some carb lovin’ every once in awhile.
1. Zucchini Noodles + Raw Tomato Sauce
If you’re cutting out gluten due to dietary concerns, zucchini noodles may be the perfect solution. This veggie-based dish full of zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and healthy oils is perfect for any of your health resolutions. Go on over to Food Faith Fitness to see Taylor’s recipe for healthy Zucchini Noodles.
2. Yellow Squash Noodles + Tomato Basil Sauce
Healthy Nibbles and Bits provides this venture into the world of grain-free spaghetti with Yellow Squash Noodles +Tomato Basil Sauce. It maintains its light and tasteful character with fresh basil and tomatoes. You can’t go wrong with this colorful, flavorful, healthful dish.
3. Sweet Potato + Chard Lasagna Wheels
What’s better than a healthy twist on lasagna with the sweet yet savory tastes of sweet potato and chard? Simple Seasonal provides this healthy recipe that blends wellness and deliciousness. Cheese is optional with this recipe and if gluten intolerance bars the whole-wheat lasagna noodles option, try a brown rice or quinoa noodle.
Say again? Mac’n cheese makes the list? It sure does with this healthy version of the American classic. Food and Wine’s recipe depends upon carrot to reduce the cheesy fat content and provide a surplus of Vitamin A in this healthy dish.
5. Roasted Red Pepper + Spinach Pasta Salad
This pasta salad recipe from Eat Real Healthy Food is full of wholesome ingredients and balances fresh veggies with roasted red peppers. It is packed with one of our favorite superfoods (spinach) and would be an ideal meal to fuel your muscles a couple of hours before a workout.
6. Creamy Butternut Sage Linguine
This Creamy Butternut Sage Linguine from the lean clean eating machine is dairy free but brimming with flavor. The sneaky creaminess of the squash combined with cashews makes this healthy dish a decadent meal to consume guilt-free.
7. Soba Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
This recipe is fiber-full and crammed with veggies balanced by healthy fats from the natural peanut butter. Make these Soba Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce from My Purple Spoon whenever you’re in a pinch for a quick, innovative and healthy meal.
The kale craze may never end, and we aren’t mad. This Kale and Ricotta Pasta is and easy and adaptable meal and the perfect twist to a traditional pasta meal. The PVDH Journal suggests adding salmon for some healthy fats and proteins (we agree!).
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