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5 tricks for healthier pasta dinners at home

By Emily McKenna, February 22, 2012 - 11:48am

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Emily asks: What’s your best tip for keeping pasta dinners healthy?

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Use raw olive oil and fresh garlic, fresh parsley, sea salt and organic butter

Anonymous

02/24/2014 - 4:07pm

Go for tomato based rather than cream based sauce if you can. Use half fat crime fraiche instead of cream and and a couple of tablespoons of the pasta water to the sauce to make it go further and reduce the calories.

Anonymous

02/24/2014 - 2:13pm

Use canned or fresh tomatoes instead of jarred sauce to cut out the sugar and sodium and other additives.

Anonymous

02/24/2014 - 1:48pm

Bravo!

matthew.townsend2

02/24/2014 - 1:43pm

I try not to make the pasta the MEAL. I make sure that there is only 2 ounces per person, but the main dish is really the protein and veg. Makes me feel like I can still have a bit of my pasta, but save some of the calories! :)

Anonymous

02/24/2014 - 1:26pm

Use spaghetti squash instead of pasta! Or substitute it for half of the pasta you'd normally use.

Anonymous

05/03/2013 - 7:24pm

Instead of adding ground beef to tomato sauce, I add finely chopped carrot that I saute with onion and mushrooms to make a tasty "meat sauce." If you use the meat flavored sauce from the store, your kids can't tell the difference and they can be tricked into eating more veggies.

Anonymous

09/05/2012 - 10:00am

Whole grains and no cheese, start with a big salad with no fat dressing.

Anonymous

09/03/2012 - 4:56pm

Adding lean protein like baked chicken, boiled cabbage, tons of mixed veggies, and using sun-dried tomato pesto to one serving of whole weat pasta. If you like it more saucy, add a little water and a tablespoon of vegetable oil to your pesto. So delicious and makes two very large servings. No guilt either!

Anonymous

05/05/2012 - 11:14pm

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