Pasta is one of the best foods that adults and kids enjoy. It is surely a lovely meal that is filling and can be full of health too if you make the right choice. Now there are options to buy the ready made pasta here but you can also make it at home with ease. All that it requires is a little more effort. There are also options to make pasta healthy with simple twists.
So Here Are Some Amazingly Healthy And Low Calorie Pasta Recipes That You Should Try
Basic Pasta Recipe
This is the basic pasta recipe. If you have a pasta maker at home then use it as fettucini, spaghetti or any other shape of your choice. To make this recipe healthier, use 1 cup of wheat flour along with 2 1/2 cups of the white flour. You will also need 4 big eggs and about 1 spoon of extra virgin olive oil. Whip the eggs well first. Now you have to mix together all of these ingredients using a little water. The dough should be tight. Make sure that you are stretching and pulling the dough to work out the gluten. Now, rest the pasta and roll out as desired. You can use a roll and pin here too and just cut the shape you want. Boil the pasta with some salt for about 2-3 minutes and then strain. Use as desired.
Classic Aglio Olio
This one is the simplest of the recipes. For making this recipe you need about 5-6 cloves of garlic along with chopped basil, oregano, or other herbs of your choice. Add a healthier twist by throwing in more vegetables. Now saute the garlic in olive oil. Then throw in the pasta of your choice and season with salt, herbs and pepper. Serve it hot with extra virgin olive oil on top.
Low Cal Pasta Soup
This soup is more like a stew or rather the minestrone version with healthier twists. For making this recipe, you need lots of raw vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, beans, etc and 1 pound of chopped tomatoes. You can also add the meat of your choices. For herbs you need basil. You will also need some garlic cloves and olive oil. To make this saute the tomatoes and then throw in the garlic. Once done add potatoes, beans, carrots, etc. Now add about a litre of water along with the herbs. Let it boil and finally add pasta and cheese to serve with.
Easy Low Calorie Cheese Sauce
For this cheesy sauce, you need to use healthier and low calorie cheese variations ricotta. Now instead of white flour you will also use whole wheat flour. Saute 2 spoons of wheat flour in 2 spoons of olive oil instead of butter. Then add two cups of low fat milk along with a cup of cheese. Keep stirring to avoid lumps. Season with salt and pepper and then add the pasta.
Spinach And Cheese Pasta
For this recipe you need to make white sauce like above. In another pan saute chopped and blanched spinach with some garlic. To this add the cheese sauce and the pasta. Serve it up hot.
Sea Food Pasta
This is a low cal version of the classic sea food pasta. For this, choose some sea food variations like mussels, scallops, etc. that are low on fat and high on taste. Saute them in some garlic cloves, you can use a non stick here or add a tad of some olive oil. Now throw in the sea food along with some fish stock. Once it is dry, add the pasta and season with the herbs of your choice.
Stuffed Spinach And Ricotta Tortellini Pasta
For making this pasta, don’t cut the dough into a shape. Keep the round shape. Make some easy filling by sauteing garlic in olive oil. Then add chopped spinach and some ricotta. Set the mixture aside. Now make round shapes of the dough using a disc. Put some mixture of spinach here. Then seal with another round dough disk. Blanch this in some water. Toss in either cheese sauce or tomato sauce before serving.
Assorted Vegan Delight
For making this pasta, blanch some vegetables of your choice like broccoli, zucchini, etc. In a pan you have to add some olive oil along with garlic cloves and red chilli flakes. Then throw in the veggies. Finally add some seasoning and dry herbs along with the pasta and serve hot.
Saute button or shitake mushrooms in some olive oil and garlic. Then add a little bit of cheese to it. Remember, keep the cheese low. Finally throw in pasta along with dry rosemary and other herbs. Do not add extra cheese on top.