We don't normally think of pasta as a "good-for-you" dish,В but the truth is, it's always good on the taste buds. And in our minds, joy counts as a wellness cure, so for that, pasta will never leave a bad taste in our mouth. Besides, it's usually theВ carb-packed noodles, creamy sauces, and ParmesanВ that we generously grate on that gives it a bad wrap-but what if we told you there were some healthy pasta recipes out there? There are different degrees of healthiness, but we made it a point to run the gamut.
Some recipes sub in veggie pasta for flour-based, others call for half zoodles and half noodles, and if you're craving macaroni like crazy, you can always throw a few handfuls of lentils into your favorite pasta (they're packed with fiber, so they'll fill help fill you up faster). Click through to see the eight healthy pasta recipes we can't stop talking about (or eating).
Healthy Spaghetti Squash Alfredo With Crispy Kale Leaves RecipeHello Glow
Fettuccine alfredo lovers, rejoice: Spaghetti squash noodles are garnished with kale and an Гјber-creamy sauce. Skip the butter and flour in favor of olive oil and arrowroot starch-we swear that you won't lose any of the flavor.
Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Pasta With Balsamic Sage Brown Butter SauceHalf Baked Harvest
This simple homemade pasta is made with just two ingredients-flour and pumpkin (no machine necessary). Then whip up a sauce of salted butter, garlic, fried sage, white wine, and just a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. You'll want to make this year-round.
Zucchini Pasta With Lentil BologneseMinimalist Baker
The easiest way to control your carb intake? By throwing in some tasty lentils, you won't go overboard on the pasta (aka you'll fill up faster). Of note: A spicy red-pepper flake tomato sauce goes especially great overВ zucchini noodles in this dish.
Avocado Pasta RecipeI Am a Food Blog
We all know avocados are filled with healthy fats, so they instantly add some nutrients to this pasta recipe. Blend the peeled fruit with garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and some leftover pasta water for a creamy-and good-for-you-sauce. A runny egg makes the ultimate topping.
The Creamiest Vegan (Gluten-Free) Mac and CheeseRoot + Revel
A mac and cheese recipe that's not unhealthy? We saw this dairy-free recipe on Root + Revel and had to share. Gluten-free pasta shells get fancied up with a creamy sauce whipped up from cauliflower, butternut squash, turmeric, cashews, nutritional yeast, and vegetable broth.
Linguine and Zucchini Noodles With ShrimpFoodie Crush
What do you do when you're craving the real stuff? Mix in half whole wheat noodles and half zoodles together for the perfect blend. Top your pasta with lemony shrimp and sprinkle with grated cheeseвЂ¦ delish. Seconds, please.
Vegan Gluten-Free Pasta With Artichokes and Lemon VinaigretteFood Faith Fitness
Healthy pasta recipes don't just include warm noodles-it can be a cold salad, too.В This version calls for whole-wheat macaroni, roasted artichokes, and halved heirloom tomatoes in a refreshing lemon dressing. A dish of this makes a great work lunch the next day-your co-workers will be jealous.
Vegan Gluten-Free Pasta Salad With Artichokes and Lemon VinaigretteHalf Baked Harvest
Yes, we already have one avocado-injected recipe, but we knew we needed to provide a lighter take on carbonara pasta. Bucatini and zucchini ribbons are tossed in a carbonara made from blended avocado, reserved pasta water, and egg and then topped with crispy bacon bits (sub in prosciutto if you like it better).
Creamy Zucchini Noodles With White Lentil Spring Onion Sauce and Cheesy Sunflower SprinkleFirst Mess
Zucchini, asparagus, and lentils are all jam-packed with protein, so you know you're in good hands with this delicious recipe. The spring onions, miso, and lemon give it a unique flavor. You'll be back for seconds.
Pizza Low-Carb Lasagne With Zucchini NoodlesFood Faith Fitness
So this one is kind of like a pasta pie. It's labeled as lasagne but hear me out, this has zoodles instead of pasta noodles inside to layer it up. It combines all the comfort foods we love (pizza, pasta, and lasagna) in one delicious dish. Happy eating.
Up Next: 9 High-Protein, Low-Carb Recipes That You'll Want to Devour.
This post was originally published on January 10, 2018, and has since been updated.