Attention carb-lovers, your favorite pastas just got lighter. We’ve turned lasagna, ravioli, and all the most sinful pasta dishes into delicious, healthy entrees. These recipes will fill you up without weighing you down or making you sluggish.
Ravioli with pork, fennel, and shiitake sauce
Turn convenient packaged raviolis into a Mediterranean masterpiece with this Italian blend of low-sodium broth, vegetables, and lean pork tenderloin. Top it off with a hint of buttery Parmesan cheese, and enjoy with a glass of pinot grigio.
Linguine with shrimp, tomatoes, olives, and capers
Make your own marinara with this quick 30-minute meal. Most pasta dishes load up with carbs, but the shrimp in this dish add plenty of lean, filling protein to the linguine. Plus, it contains 30% of your daily iron needs. Antioxidant-rich tomatoes bring a sweet flavor to the slightly bitter olives. The secret ingredient—clam juice—pulls the garlic and parsley together with its savory flavor.
Fiore with broccoli rabe, chicken, and pecorino cheese
Simple and satisfying, this dish gives ordinary ingredients a kick with crushed red pepper and salty pecorino Romano cheese. The spiral-shaped Fiore looks wonderful on the platter next to cancer-fighting broccoli rabe and protein-packed chicken. And, as a surprising addition, this recipe calls for leeks, which are thought to lower cholesterol.
Pizzichi with spring veggies
Italian for “the pinch,” pizzichi is a whole-grain, artisanal pasta, which adds a boost of fiber. This dish combines salty turkey bacon with tender, folate-rich asparagus and haricot verts, plus a dash of mint. The result is a refreshing, filling dish for 350 calories.
Certain veggie lasagnas pack up to 18 grams of fat behind a seemingly healthy exterior. But our recipe manages to combine nutrient-rich mushrooms, artichokes, and spinach with low-fat cheeses to create a rich and steaming hot pan of pasta for 10 grams. Instead of heavy cream, we use skim milk, flour, and a dash of nutmeg to make a low-cal béchamel sauce with a sweet, heartwarming taste.