Eating a healthy dinner should be easy. That’s why everything about these 10 pasta recipes is something to celebrate. Not only are they quick and simple to assemble, but they’re also full of feel-good ingredients like colorful vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.
Bring them to the table and know you’re serving up something wholesome.
1. How To Make One-Pot Pasta Primavera
This pasta is more veggies than noodles, which exactly why we love it so much. Plus everything gets cooked up together in one pot, which definitely doesn’t hurt.
2. Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies
Forget boiling up a pot of water — you can actually roast your gnocchi instead. Here they’re cooked alongside juicy peppers and tomatoes and lots of fresh herbs.
3. Lemony Broccoli Pasta
This pasta doubles up on green veggies with the inclusion of both broccoli and peas. The broccoli is blanched in the pasta water to help things move along quickly.
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4. How to Make Creamy Avocado Pasta
Lose the cream and reach for an avocado or two instead. When blended with fresh herbs, garlic, and lemon juice, avocados transform into a rich pasta sauce that’s also vegan. Plus, there’s the added bonus that you’ll get a bit of healthy fat with every bite.
5. Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Corn & Parsley Pesto
The nutty flavor of fiber-rich whole-wheat pasta can stand up to the bold flavor of the parsley pesto in this recipe, while corn adds just a touch of natural sweetness that balances everything out.
6. Farmers Market Pasta Dinner
This colorful pasta is really more of a template than a recipe. Gather at least three different kinds of vegetables from the farmers market, sauté them in a quick white wine sauce, and toss with your favorite pasta shape.
7. Fusilli with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce and Nigella Seeds
Yogurt might not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of pasta, but it actually makes for a wonderful sauce. It’s lighter than cream, lends a bit of protein to things, and has a nice, tangy flavor that prevents the pasta from being too rich.
8. Vegan Beet Pesto Pasta
This vegan pesto is made simply with roasted beets, garlic, almonds, and olive oil. It makes for one seriously eye-catching pasta and it’s a fun way to get a dose of veggies.
9. Ginger Chicken and Pasta
A whole bag of spinach goes into this fragrant pasta to ensure it’s healthy and fresh — and when you add chicken to the situation it becomes a complete meal.
10. Lemony Pesto Pasta with Edamame & Almonds
Edamame is a great source of vegetarian protein and a bright addition to this unique pasta. You can either buy the pesto or make it yourself, if you have a few extra minutes to spare.