5 Easy Healthy Pasta Recipes

Healthy Pasta Recipes

Pasta is a terrific meal option. It is easy to make and very filling.

There are so many ways to make pasta and it is a meal that most people enjoy.

With a wide variety of noodle options and an even wider array of flavors, you could make a different pasta every day of the week without complaint.

One-Pot Garlic-Parmesan Goodness

Prep Time: 30 mins. • 4-6 Servings

Garlic and Parmesan goodness all in one easy dish.

This epic pasta is so easy to make and is a glorious dinner the whole family will love. One-Pot Garlic- Parmesan Goodness has the quality and flavor of fettuccine alfredo without the use of heavy cream. T

his tantalizing meal is thick on flavor but low on effort.

You can whip this up for dinner on those days when you just don’t feel like cooking and your entire family will be filled and happy.

The bonus to this meal is that the entire meal comes together in one pot, so you don’t have a ton of dishes to do later.

Ingredients

  • tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • cup of uncooked fettuccine
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chopped parsley

Instructions:

Melt butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet.

Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.

Mix in chicken broth, milk, and fettuccine noodles, season with salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally for approximately 20 minutes.

Stir in Parmesan. Add more milk as desired until desired consistency is reached.

Serve immediately.

Note: This recipe is also great with leftover chicken.

Fierce and Fiery Pasta

Prep Time: 20 mins • 4 Servings

This easy to make pasta is big on flavor.

The use of chili flakes and crushed tomatoes make this meal a masterpiece.

Use flavored crushed tomatoes for a bit more kick or cool it down by adding fresh cherry tomatoes to the mix.

Ready in minutes, this meal goes from stove-top to table in no time.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 – 21 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. red chili flakes
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Instructions:

Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water.

While pasta is cooking, add olive oil and garlic in pan over the medium heat.

Stir until the garlic is fragrant then add the chili flakes and tomatoes to the pan and then cook over the medium-high heat. Bring to a slow boil and add the pasta to the pan, mixing thoroughly.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and allow it to cook until the sauce thickens slightly.

Toss with parsley and serve with crusty bread and parmesan cheese.

Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 35 mins • 4-6 Servings

Broccoli is completely acceptable when it is smothered in creamy cheddar cheese.

Your family will love this twist on mac and cheese, and you can get your kids to eat some veggies as well.

When the last thing you want is to battle with a picky eater, try out this recipe that is sure to have them gobbling down their dinner.

Ready in 15 minutes, this makes for the perfect weeknight meal and is made on the stovetop in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups of macaroni or preferred type of pasta
  • I head of broccoli cut into small florets
  • 3-4 tbsp of butter or margarine
  • 3 tbsp of flour
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Instructions:

Cook pasta according to package instructions, adding the broccoli florets to the same pot 4-5 minutes before the pasta is finished.

In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add in flour and quickly stir until well combined. Cook for 1 minute and whisk in milk a little bit at a time.

Allow sauce to cook for 3-4 minutes until it is thick and creamy. Add Dijon mustard and cheese, then remove from heat.

Drain pasta and broccoli and mix with the cheese sauce. Stir well and serve immediately.

Easy Garlic Bacon Pasta

Prep Time: 15 mins • 4 Servings

With less than 5 simple ingredients, you can make an easy yet delicious dinner that your family and friends will love.

This fabulous pasta goes from the stovetop to the table in 10-minutes!

The key to this amazing pasta is the use of bacon. As it cooks, it releases all its delicious bacon goodness and creates a dish that is full of flavor.

Ingredients

  • Bacon
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped or sliced
  • Spaghetti noodles, cooked
  • Parsley and Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions:

Boil water in a pot and cook spaghetti noodles.

In the meantime, cook the bacon in olive oil over medium heat until it is crispy and has released all of the delicious fat.

In the same pan, fry the garlic slivers until golden and fragrant.

Remove from heat and drain pasta saving a bit of the water in the pot.

Add the bacon and garlic mixture to the pasta and toss to mix.

Serve with garlic bread or a side salad and enjoy.

Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 mins • 4 Servings

Pasta salad is not just for picnics. Pasta salad can be a great meal on hot summer days.

This recipe is easy to make and can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

Rich flavors are infused in creamy goodness to create a mouthwatering dish the whole family will love.

You can add tuna or chicken to this salad to create a meal that will fill your family.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups rotini or macaroni pasta noodles, cooked.
  • 1-2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3-1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese (mild or sharp)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green and 1 red pepper
  • 1 tomato

Instructions:

Cook pasta until soft. Drain and set aside to cool.

Stir in 1 cup of mayonnaise, 1/3 cup of Ranch dressing, and spices.

Add grated cheese and chicken or tuna and mix thoroughly.

If the salad is not creamy enough add more mayonnaise and/or ranch dressing until desired creaminess is reached.

Mix in vegetables and allow the salad to sit, refrigerated. Serve and enjoy.


Dinner is often a tedious task. After a long day of work, the last thing that you want to do is think about what to eat and slave away over a hot stove.

The good news is that dinner does not have to be difficult. In fact, with a little planning and some creativity, you can have dinner ready and on the table in less than an hour.

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