Keeping pasta dishes low-cal isn't always easy. Calorie counts can quickly mount when you factor in creamy sauces and cheeses. Even heart-healthy olive oil can up the calories significantly. With this in mind, we gathered together top-rated pasta recipes that marry great taste with low-cal preparations. Each of these top-rated recipes gets it done deliciously for under 500 calories.
Loads of good healthy stuff in this recipe, including lean chicken breast meat, marinated artichoke hearts, tomato, garlic, red onions, and olive oil. BONUS: It's ready in 30 minutes.
This meatless pasta dish stars fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Fewer than 350 calories, it's ready in 40 minutes.
A light chicken, veggie, and pasta dish that weighs in under 350 calories. "A light but super-tasty pasta dish with fresh asparagus," says LAUREL B. "Cooked in broth with sauteed garlic and seasoned chicken."
"This tastes awesome. What the hot oven does to the deep red San Marzano tomatoes is a wonder to behold," says Chef John. "It produces a pasta sauce with some serious depth of flavor. And ditalini are a perfect medium for the rich sauce, smoky oregano, and creamy goat cheese."
"Light, yet full of flavor, this pesto is perfect tossed with hot spaghetti for a quick dinner," says Baking Nana. "It is also excellent as a pizza sauce or smeared on hot French bread."
Shrimp and scallops combine in a spicy tomato and garlic sauce served over linguine -- all under 350 calories.
Shredded zucchini and minced garlic are sauteed in olive oil and tossed in a yogurt and Cheddar sauce. It's ready in 30 minutes and weighs in under 300 calories.
Another simple, low-calorie pasta dish -- it's less than 300 calories! Cherry tomatoes are roasted with garlic and olive oil, and then combined with angel hair pasta, fresh basil, red pepper flakes, and freshly grated Parmesan.
You'll season shrimp with Cajun seasoning and saute them with shallots, mushrooms, and jarred roasted red peppers, finishing the dish with a simple sauce made with sour cream and chicken broth.
Ready in less than 30 minutes, this is the perfect healthy meal for busy weeknights. Simply simmer canned Italian-style diced tomatoes and cannellini beans, adding spinach at the very end before tossing with cooked pasta.