Healthy Pasta Main Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious main dish pasta recipes including lasagna, spaghetti, tortellini and homemade pasta sauce. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Rotisserie Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 36
This creamy rotisserie chicken soup has a delicious chicken pot pie feel to it. We call for rotisserie chicken to streamline your prep time--look for a nice big one with lots of breast meat on it. Pair this comforting and easy soup recipe with a green salad, or, if you're really hungry, a grilled cheese sandwich.
By Karen Rankin

American Goulash

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.
By Carolyn Casner

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 4 stars 51
This one-pan chicken pasta combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal that's garlicky, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top. I call it "Mom's Skillet Pasta" and she called it "Devon's Favorite Pasta." Either way it's a quick and easy weeknight dinner we created together and scribbled on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It's a simple dinner the whole family will love.
By Devon O'Brien

Spaghetti & Spinach with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
To achieve flavor quickly in this sun-dried tomato pasta recipe, we use the oil from sun-dried tomatoes to create the base of the cream sauce. Meanwhile, the residual heat of the pasta wilts the spinach in record time for a fast weeknight dinner.
By Carolyn Casner

One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
This chicken Parmesan pasta uses the one-pot pasta method to cook your noodles, chicken and sauce all in one skillet for a fast and easy dinner with minimal cleanup. Finish the dish under the broiler to achieve a delicious melted cheese crust.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
We took the best parts of chicken Parmesan--ooey-gooey cheese, crispy breadcrumbs and plenty of tomato sauce--and spun them into an easy family-friendly casserole. We simplified it by skipping the breading on the chicken and, instead, loaded the top of the casserole with cheese and breadcrumbs. Serve with a crisp green salad to complete the meal.
By Carolyn Casner

One-Skillet Cheesy Ground Chicken Pasta

Rating: 5 stars 9
Make this cheesy ground chicken pasta recipe for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve with a simple side salad and a glass of red wine.
Karen Rankin
By Karen Rankin

Minestra Maritata (Italian Wedding Soup) 

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
Forget the marble-size meatballs you find in many versions of this Italian Wedding Soup. In this easy recipe, they're full-size, full-flavored and plenty filling.
By Robin Bashinsky

Ground Beef & Pasta Skillet

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
Add extra vegetables to your day with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for a healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite.
By Carolyn Casner

White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
Sun-dried tomatoes are the star of this recipe— providing texture and umami. Combined with the spinach, they make this dish a great source of vitamins C and K.
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By Laura Kanya

Slow-Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Noodle Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This slow-cooker chicken noodle soup fits nicely into the Mediterranean diet thanks to plenty of vegetables, lean chicken breast and whole-wheat pasta. Pair it with a salad and toasted whole-grain bread for an easy, healthy dinner.
By Sarah Epperson

Skillet Lasagna

Rating: 5 stars 1
This skillet lasagna takes the hard work of layering the noodles, filling and cheese out of the picture and turns lasagna into a super-easy weeknight meal.
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By Laura Kanya
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Inspiration and Ideas

13 Pasta Dinners You Can Make in a Skillet
Cooking up a comforting pasta dinner is incredibly easy with these skillet recipes. These dishes come together in just one pan, so you'll be thanking yourself when it's time to clean up later.
Our 30 Best Pasta Dinners
From classic chicken alfredo and shrimp scampi to convenient pasta skillets and casseroles, these meals have four- and five-star ratings, so you're guaranteed to put a delicious dish on the table.
One-Pot Spinach, Chicken Sausage & Feta Pasta
Rating: 4 stars 19

A little bit of Sunday meal prep goes a long way in this one-dish Greek-inspired pasta recipe. The pasta is cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge to use for meals all week, but any leftover cooked pasta you have on hand will do. Chicken sausage with feta is especially good in this recipe.