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Quick and Healthy Pasta Recipes and Cooking Tips

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No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese

Not only is this ultra-creamy version of mac-and-cheese nearly as fast as the boxed variety, but your family will be able to pronounce every ingredient. If they aren't broccoli fans, substitute a frozen vegetable of your choice.

» No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese

Lamb & Eggplant Ragu

Lamb and eggplant are combined in dishes throughout the Mediterranean. Together they deliver a complex, hearty, earthy flavor that's truly satisfying. In this dish, toasted pine nuts and tangy feta cheese are excellent accents.

» Lamb & Eggplant Ragu

Hoisin Beef & Edamame Noodles

Sweet hoisin sauce and tangy lime juice balance perfectly in this quick, colorful, Asian-inspired noodle dish. Make it a meal: Dress a cucumber salad with toasted sesame oil and lime juice and enjoy a cup of jasmine green tea.

» Hoisin Beef & Edamame Noodles

Stir-Fried Noodles with Green Tea

Perfect for a hot summer's night, baked tofu, bell peppers and scallions are stir-fried with udon noodles in this quick and easy dish.

» Stir-Fried Noodles with Green Tea

Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo

Sun-dried tomatoes and Romano cheese pack a flavorful punch along with the tantalizing aroma of fresh marjoram in this rustic Italian-inspired dish. Serve with sautéed fresh spinach or steamed broccolini.

» Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Sliced Brussels sprouts and mushrooms cook quickly and cling to the pasta in our fall version of pasta primavera. Look for presliced mushrooms to cut prep time. Serve with a tossed salad.

» Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Inside-Out Lasagna

Here we take basic lasagna ingredients—ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes—and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for presliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette.

» Inside-Out Lasagna


Quick and healthy pasta recipes for any day of the week.

Pasta is a favorite family comfort food—it’s quick and easy to cook and always tastes good. But with all those carbs can it be healthy too? You bet! The trick is to keep portion sizes under control and compensate by adding more lean protein and vegetables into the mix.

You might also skip the “regular” pasta, which is made from refined grains, and instead opt for whole-wheat varieties as part of a healthy diet. A good source of dietary fiber, whole-wheat pasta hasn’t been stripped of the grain’s important trace nutrients and phytochemicals. And now, fortunately for consumers, there are vastly improved, better-tasting choices to be found at your grocery store.

So say “yes” to pasta once again, and enjoy these quick and healthy recipes. All can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.

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COMMENTS POSTEDsort icon

I am looking for a recipe with pasta and roasted vegetables. Can you help?
—Phyllis Emmons, Melbourne, FL

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 2:01pm

I love Chicken alfredo with broccoli, i am sure its not that good for you, so i was wondering is there a healthier way to make this delicous recipe.
Caitlyn Pickett-Bakersfield,CA

Anonymous

03/11/2010 - 7:30pm

Is "Smart" Pasta as good as whole grain?

Anonymous

08/15/2010 - 6:08pm

Great, thanks
:-)

Anonymous

02/22/2014 - 5:13pm

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