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Healthier Pasta Recipes for the Perfect Dinner

Delicious healthier pasta recipes that make the perfect weeknight dinner and even better leftovers! Here you’ll find easy, healthy pasta recipes with chicken, seafood, ground turkey, ones packed with veggies and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Cozy up with a bowl of pasta ASAP!

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There’s almost nothing better than a delicious bowl of pasta packed with flavor. If you’ve been a long-time AK reader you know I love to throw a good noodle in soups, one pan meals, skillet dinners and more. We’re skipping Olive Garden getting down with over 20 healthier pasta recipes that make the perfect dinner.

Reasons to fall in love with these healthy pasta recipes

Once you try them I can guarantee they’ll be instant favorites. I love quick and easy pasta recipes because:

  • Pasta is inexpensive! You can frequently get plenty of noodles in a box for under $2, which makes pasta a wonderful weeknight dinner option when budgeting. Stock your pantry so you can whip up a yummy, healthy pasta recipe any night.
  • The variety. As you’ll see from this roundup we have everything from lasagna and spaghetti noodles to orzo and couscous. The options are endless.
  • It’s neutral, so it’s perfect for adding your favorite veggies, sauces, proteins and more. It’s also delicious hot or cold (hello, pasta salad season) so the leftovers are amazing.

What can I add to pasta to make it healthier?

You might be wondering what makes these pasta recipes healthier and the answer is: adding! Many of these healthy pasta recipes have lots of veggies even if you don’t necessarily see them. What’s great about pasta is that you can easily add tons of greens and other veggies to make them nutrient dense. I also lighten up the sauces used in these pasta recipes by using a little bit less of things like butter, cheese and oil, though these things are often still included (and are completely delicious).

These healthy pasta recipes also pack plenty of protein and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied longer. Post-workout pasta, anyone? You’ll find healthy pasta recipes with chicken, fish, ground turkey, and more vegetarian and vegan pasta recipes. There’s something for everyone here, and feel free to swap in your favorite gluten free noodles!

What to serve with healthy pasta recipes for dinner

Many of these easy pasta recipes serve 4-6, but you can easily feed more by adding some yummy sides! Try out some extra veggies with:

And when in doubt, make it a kids night by pairing a good old mac & cheese with my crispy baked chicken nuggets. I hope you love these easy, healthy pasta recipes! If you make any of them I’d love for you to leave a rating and comment on the recipe so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

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Classic Minestrone Soup

the best vegan mac and cheese in two bowls

Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

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Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna

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Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

healthier pasta carbonara on two plates

30 minute Healthier Pasta Carbonara

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Peach, Tomato & Corn Arugula Pasta Salad

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Spinach Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Crispy Bacon

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Date Night In Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Shrimp Pasta

slice of vegan lasagna on a plate with a fork

Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna with Garlic Tahini Tofu Cream

zucchini mac and cheese in a skillet with a spoon

Zucchini Mac and Cheese

sweet potato penne pasta with vegan sweet potato cream sauce in a skillet with mushrooms and a wooden spoon

Creamy Chipotle Sweet Potato Penne Pasta

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Roasted Veggie Mediterranean Pasta with Goat Cheese

Healthy & Comforting Chicken noodle soup in two bowls

Comforting & Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

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Saucy Baked Pumpkin Pasta

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Stovetop Southwest Tuna Mac and Cheese

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20 Minute Garlic Parmesan Rigatoni with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli

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Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto + Goat Cheese

chicken soup with couscous in a pot

The Best Chicken Soup You’ll Ever Eat

The BEST turkey lasagna EVER. Made with a homemade tomato basil sauce packed with fresh herbs & italian spices, layered with lean ground turkey, mozzarella, creamy ricotta and a touch of parmesan. Perfect for serving crowds, family style dinners, or freezing for later!

The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat

broccoli cheddar chicken couscous in a pot

Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Couscous

Turkey parmesan meatballs over rigatoni in a bowl

Baked Turkey Parmesan Meatballs with Rigatoni and Chunky Tomato Basil Sauce

butternut squash pasta in a bowl with peas and a spoon

Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Peas (vegan & gluten free!)

avocado tomato chickpea pasta salad in a bowl

Avocado Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Delicious one pan brussels sprouts mac and cheese with a lightened up cheese sauce makes the perfect 30-minute dinner! This easy recipe is great for kiddos and is a great way to eat extra veggies.

Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese

moroccan chicken stew with couscous in a bowl

One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato & Couscous

If you make any of these healthier pasta recipes be sure to leave a comment and rating on the recipe so I know how you liked it! Really appreciate it – xo!

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