Pasta. Pasta is the greatest creation on Earth. Whether we’re talking about traditional pasta, flavored noodles, or even vegetable-based noodles, pasta is just one of those foods that’s like a blank canvas that will take on any flavor you throw at it. Let’s take a look at some delicious healthy pasta recipes to prepare for your next cozy night in.
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In no particular order, here are the top 10 healthy pasta recipes to make in the comfort of your own home:
1. Cashew Cream Alfredo
Using cashews for a cream or cheese sauce is very popular in the vegan food community, so it’s no secret that we had to add it to this roundup of healthy pasta recipes. According to a food blog called DownShiftOlogy, there are only three simple steps to making a vegan cashew alfredo sauce. First, make sure you soak the cashews overnight so they really have enough time to soften and ‘blend’ into a sauce. Then, place them in a blender along with garlic, lemon juice, onion, nutritional yeast (for that classic cheesy flavor), and a few herbs. Finally, just blend everything until you get your desired creamy consistency. Yes, that is literally. This looks super tasty!
2. Sweet potato noodles Cacio E Pepe
This recipe combines a delicious and healthy creamy sauce along with a pasta alternative, voodles, also known as veggie noodles! I personally love sweet potatoes and have always wanted to use a vegetable spiralizer, so this recipe will definitely be on my list of recipes to try. Here’s how to make the delicious, yet healthy alternative to a classic favorite sauce: all you need is butter, oil, tons of pepper, and tons of Parmesan cheese. That might be even easier than the gorgeous sauce recipe!
3. Carrot gnocchi
These are all the ingredients you’ll need to make a much healthier and sweeter version of everyone’s favorite pasta pillows: 1 pound carrots, olive oil, salt, cilantro, white pepper, water, sour cream, 1 large egg, and all-purpose flour. Basically everything you do is to cook the carrots, mash all these ingredients and then cut them into pieces the size of desired gnocchi and cook them. Pair them with whatever sauce you like, but go for a nice simple classic: a brown butter sauce!
4. Butternut squash lasagna
If you are a lasagna lover, then this recipe is perfect for you! Nothing about the sauce or other ingredients is different, you’re just replacing the noodles with super thin slices of butternut squash. This recipe is perfect for those who love those classic fall flavors when the weather is somewhere between cool and late summer weather. I’m so willing to do it no matter what time of year!
5. Burrito Zoodles
This particular zoodles recipe really intrigued me because I’ve never really seen a recipe like this before. Pretty much, you just take all your favorite burrito toppings like refried beans, cheese, tomatoes, corn, sour cream, etc., roll your zucchini noodles into a spiral, and voila! Dinner!
6. Skillet Burrata Caprese Gnocchi
This takes your favorite super dense and padded. classicPotato gnocchi style and pairs it with a caprese salad on skewers! It’s healthy because it doesn’t have a super rich sauce and combines a nice fresh herb with some delicious ripe cherry or grape tomatoes. Pair it with some balsamic glaze or your favorite cream sauce for dinner or the perfect appetizer at your next dinner party!
7. Turkey Lasagna
This recipe is possibly one of the easiest trades on this entire list. Instead of using ground beef in your red lasagna sauce, just use some ground turkey!
8. Lentil Bolognese
I love lentils! Lentil soup, especially! Skip the meat in your sauce and use some delicious lentils instead! Do you want to make it even healthier? Also opt for a vegan Parmesan cheese!
9. Zucchini Manicotti
Manicotti is one of the most underrated pastas in my personal opinion; It’s basically just a blank canvas ready to take in whatever flavors or ethnic cuisines you might come across or “bath” in. Here’s what you’ll need to do for this delicious version of ‘zoodles’: make super thin, almost shaved slices of your favorite types of zucchini (type doesn’t really matter) and fill them with some ricotta cheese and sauce of your choice (alfredo or red sauce will work) and roll up. Cook for only a short amount of time and top with cheese of course! voila! You have lunch!
10. Pasta with smoked salmon
This is possibly the most interesting recipe in this group because never in my wildest dreams would I have thought of adding some smoked salmon to my pasta… like always! Find a recipe for delicious garlic butter or lemon marinated salmon, choose your favorite noodles, add some capers and a light lemon cream sauce and voila and you’ll be eating super healthy!
That’s one end on our list of some of the most delicious and healthy pasta recipes to make at home!
What do you think of this list? What is your personal favorite way to eat pasta and is one of your personal favorite recipes on this list?