Heart-healthy meals are cholesterol-free and loaded with an abundance of antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. However, that doesn’t mean you have to feel restricted or give up your favorite foods. We’ve compiled a list of 15 of our favorite healthy and delicious pasta recipes to help you reduce your risk of heart disease and add years to your life.
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1. Wholemeal Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce
Source: Whole Wheat Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce
These Whole Wheat Pasta with Creamy Pesto Sauce from Medha Swaminathan are the definition of an easy weeknight meal — we just tossed some pasta in the pot (we had some whole wheat penne and some whole wheat rotini), saved some of the cooking water, and you’re done a sauce, and stirred into pesto. This quick and delicious vegan pasta with pesto cream sauce is light and flavorful. Top it off with fresh basil for a perfect meal!
2. Zucchini Noodles with Garlic, Green Beans and Stuffing
Source: Zucchini Pasta with Garlic, Green Beans and Stuffing
Alissandra Maffucci’s Zucchini Pasta with Garlic Green Beans and Stuffing is simple (and easy!): Toss some leftovers and raw zucchini noodles in a saucepan and cook to heat, about 3 minutes. There’s not much more to it. If you like, add a few tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to add some creaminess to the pasta. Enjoy!
3. 5-Minute Basil Pesto with Raw Zucchini Pasta
Source: 5 Minute Basil Pesto, Raw Zucchini Pasta
If you want to lighten up your dinner and finish dinner full of energy, but a salad alone isn’t enough, then this 5 Minute Basil Pesto Raw Zucchini Pasta is for you. This super easy recipe from Rachael Campbell is foolproof to make. It’s also so filling and satisfying. To prepare your pasta base from fresh whole zucchini, you’ll need a handy little kitchen utensil called a “spirooli”. If you’re looking to expand your repertoire of healthy, gluten-free, gourmet meals, it’s worth searching for one. Grab the largest bunch of fresh, local basil you can find and mix up the creamy pesto sauce in 5 minutes or less. Enjoy! These pesto zoodles are delicious!
4. Avocado Pasta
Source: Avocado Pasta
Vegan pesto avocado pasta with crispy chickpeas. This easy plant-based dinner recipe from Caroline Doucet takes less than 30 minutes to make with just a few ingredients.
5. Pasta with summer greens and kidney beans
Source: Pasta made with summer vegetables and kidney beans
This Alan Desmond Summer Greens and Kidney Bean Pasta is green, clean and fresh, spiced up with fresh herbs and lemon. The cannellini beans add flavor while bringing a comforting creaminess and a generous amount of protein per serving. To make this a fall dish, use grated squash and wild mushrooms instead of asparagus and broad beans, and a garnish of thyme and hazelnuts instead of basil and pine nuts.
6. Cheesy Butternut Squash and White Bean Pasta
Source: Cheesy Butternut Squash and White Bean Pasta
This Allie Penner Cheesy Butternut Squash and White Bean Pasta is ultra-flavorful, comforting, and packed with immune-boosting beta-carotene.
7. Sweet Potato Pasta with Kale and Walnut Sage Sauce
Source: Sweet Potato Pasta with Kale Walnut Sage Sauce
Coconut milk, walnuts, sage, and maple syrup pair well with shallots, kale, and garlic to create this delicious sauce. It is the ideal accompaniment with sweet potato noodles. This Sweet Potato Pasta with Kale Walnut Sage Sauce by Daniela Modesto is a delicious fall-inspired dish that you can make in 15 minutes!
8. Roasted Beet Noodles with Oranges and Crispy Kale
Source: Roasted Beet Noodles with Oranges and Crispy Kale
The outside of the orange softens and becomes like velvet. The flavors melt on the tongue and taste almost coconut-y, adding to the richness of the citrus bake. Let’s not forget the crunchiness and saltiness of the kale. The trick to making kale chips is to use a minimal amount of salt, or only salt if they’re straight out of the oven. Alissandra Maffucci’s Orange and Crispy Kale Roasted Beet Pasta recipe is topped with a citrus vinaigrette.
9. Vietnamese Sweet Potato Rice Noodles with Kale
Source: Vietnamese Sweet Potato Rice Noodles with Kale
These Juli Novotny Vietnamese Sweet Potato Rice Noodles with Kale are surprisingly easy to make and will become a must-have in your weekly lineup. The sweet potato noodles are coated in a creamy, flavorful almond butter sauce and finished off with some lemon kale.
10. Russian Kale and Roasted Pumpkin Noodles
Source: Russian Kale and Roasted Pumpkin Noodles
What’s healthier than kale and squash? Combine these two veggies for an amazing, quick Aine Carlin Russian Kale and Roasted Pumpkin Noodle combo that will satisfy your growling stomach.
11. Caramelized Garlic Chili Lotus Stems with Mung Bean Noodles
Source: Caramelized Garlic Chili Lotus Stems with Mung Bean Noodles
Lotus flowers are the national flower of India and the whole plant is popular in Indian cuisine for its unique flavor and raw beauty. This Caramelized Garlic Chili Lotus Stems with Mung Bean Noodles recipe caramelizes the fibrous stalks of the lotus plant in a savory garlic and chili sauce and serves them over a bed of mung bean noodles. This Anuja Kohli Mariwala recipe is an easy way to impress your friends, and these noodles can be served as a light meal or as an exciting side dish.
12. Chili Thai Kelp Noodles
Source: Chili Thai Seaweed Noodles
Kelp noodles are a sea vegetable in the form of an easy-to-eat raw noodle. Kelp noodles are made with just seaweed, sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from brown seaweed), and water. They are fat-free, gluten-free and very low in carbohydrates and calories. Their noodle shape and neutral flavor allow for a variety of uses including salads and stir-fries (not) french fries, while their healthy content provides a rich source of trace minerals, including iodine, which seaweed is known for. Their unique texture completes the package, making kelp noodles a unique, healthy and tasty alternative to pasta and rice noodles. Best of all, no cooking is required in this Chili Thai Kelp Noodles recipe by Rachael Campbell. Simply rinse or soak the noodles and add them to any dish and they’re ready to eat. You can warm/heat them if you prefer. Enjoy this healthy, refreshing and warming dish!
13. Sauteed Vegetables and Chickpeas with Noodles
Source: Sauteed Vegetables and Chickpeas with Noodles
This recipe for Sauteed Vegetables and Chickpeas with Pasta from Desiree Rodriguez is so delicious! If you don’t have any of the ingredients, you can easily substitute what you have. Easy, quick and perfectly filling.
14. Fusilli Salad with Green Peas and Orange Citrus Vinaigrette
Source: Fusilli Salad with Green Peas and Orange Citrus Vinaigrette
Served as a meal or side dish, this Julie Zimmer Green Pea Fusilli Salad with Orange and Citrus Vinaigrette is refreshing and flavorful. It’s a salad that fills you up, but in a light way. It’s also easy to do. The green pea fusilli in this dish is packed with vitamins, fiber and minerals, and also provides you with high quality plant protein. Made from 100% green peas ground into flour, fusilli are an alternative to traditional pasta and a great way to get your plant-based protein without the lentils or tofu. Gluten-free, nutritious and light, a salad like this is especially nice when the weather is warm. The special thing about this salad is the vinaigrette. The homemade orange and citrus vinaigrette pairs perfectly with this salad. It’s sweet and savory with citrus notes, bringing out all those earthy flavors in the salad.
15. Quick, high-protein stir-fry
Source: Quick High Protein Stir-Fry
This quick high-protein veggie stir-fry from Laura Grosch is an easy dinner idea for upcycling leftover veggies and refueling after a workout. The high protein content comes from edamame noodles.
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