Healthy Penne Recipes

Find healthy, delicious penne recipes including cheese, chicken and vodka sauce penne. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 3.74 stars
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This one-pan pasta that combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal is 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.

Skillet Broccoli-Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Broccoli—just like pasta—makes a tasty pairing with sharp Cheddar. Here, we've combined all three ingredients in a homey casserole that's baked in a cast-iron skillet. Replacing some of the pasta in the dish with vegetables makes it more nutritious and helps you cut down on carbs.
By Joy Howard

Baked Spinach & Feta Pasta

Feta softens in the oven before it's combined with spinach and pasta, with the pasta cooking right in the baking dish. Enjoy this one-pan dish on its own as a vegetarian main or serve with sautéed chicken breast for a boost of protein.
By Carolyn Casner

Chicken & Vegetable Penne with Parsley-Walnut Pesto

Rating: 4 stars
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Homemade pesto may seem daunting, but in this quick pasta recipe you can make a simple sauce in minutes while the pasta water comes to a boil. You can substitute frozen green beans and cauliflower for fresh; in Step 4, cook the frozen vegetables according to package directions before tossing with the pasta and pesto.

One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Rating: 4.58 stars
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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.

Penne Pasta with Sausage, Butternut Squash & Chard

Rating: 5 stars
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Get dinner on the table even faster by using precubed butternut squash in this creamy pasta recipe. Found in the produce section of large grocery stores, the cut butternut is a little bigger than you need here, so you will have to do some chopping--but the peeling and gutting has been done for you. That means this easy healthy dinner takes just 35 minutes to prep. Score!

Pasta Puttanesca with Beef

Rating: 5 stars
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This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of the week.

Mediterranean Baked Penne

Rating: 3.82 stars
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This Italian-inspired take on an American casserole is about as tasty as a one-dish meal can get.

One-Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta with Asparagus

Rating: 4 stars
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This healthy chicken pesto pasta recipe is easy to make thanks to convenience ingredients like rotisserie chicken and store-bought pesto. The addition of fresh asparagus brights up the look and flavors of this easy one-pot dinner. Fresh basil, if you have it on hand, is a nice finishing touch.

Kale, Sausage & Pepper Pasta

Rating: 4 stars
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This healthy sausage and kale pasta recipe cooks in one skillet, so there's only one pot to clean! Try it with any greens you have in the fridge, such as chard or spinach.

Cherry Tomato & Garlic Pasta

Rating: 5 stars
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This easy and healthy pasta recipe takes just 20 minutes to prep so it's a perfect weeknight dinner. Cooking garlic cloves whole and then mashing them into the sauce not only saves time, it creates a mellow garlic flavor that melds seamlessly into the silky burst cherry tomatoes.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Penne with Pesto and Spinach

Rating: 5 stars
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Fresh pesto brilliantly compliments the lemon and garlic flavors of this juicy chicken dinner.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Baked Penne Florentine
Rating: Unrated
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This comforting and flavorful vegetarian dish is packed with protein.
Chickpea Pasta with Lemony-Parsley Pesto
Rating: Unrated
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We love using chickpea pasta in this quick and easy dinner recipe, but other bean pastas or whole-wheat noodles are just as good with this fresh and zesty pesto sauce.

Easy Chicken Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This quick and easy recipe tops multigrain or whole-grain pasta with flavorful chicken, broccoli and diced vegetables. With 0 grams of saturated fat and 20 grams of protein per serving, this recipe has everything you need for a no-hassle dinner.