Heart-Healthy Pasta Recipes

Find delicious heart-healthy pasta recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

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

Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal. Eggs are the base of the creamy sauce. They don't get fully cooked, so use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs if you prefer.
By Adam Hickman

Creamy Chicken, Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms One-Pot Pasta

Rating: 3.5 stars 30
You'll only have to dirty one pot in this easy pasta recipe that cooks chicken and vegetables right along with the noodles. Plus, by using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta, the starch that usually gets drained off with your pasta water stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Chicken & Vegetable Penne with Parsley-Walnut Pesto

Rating: 4 stars 7
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.
Patsy Jamieson
By Patsy Jamieson

Cabbage Lo Mein

Rating: 5 stars 5
Jam-packed with a colorful medley of vegetables, this classic noodle dish relies on a bold sesame-soy sauce to tie all the flavors and textures together.
By Lauren Grant

Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Salmon

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Wondering what to do with leftover salmon? This is a delicious and easy way to turn it into another weeknight-friendly, quick dinner. Don't forget to reserve some pasta water—its starch thickens the lemon-garlic pasta sauce and makes it silky-smooth.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Chickpea Pasta with Mushrooms & Kale

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Loading up your pasta with vegetables like the kale and mushrooms here is not only delicious, it also makes the meal more satisfying.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Chicken with Spinach & Tomato Orzo Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Baked chicken breasts cook in the oven while you mix together a Mediterranean-inspired salad--packed with veggies, whole-wheat orzo and an easy homemade vinaigrette--for a weekend-worthy dinner on the table in under an hour. The leftovers from this healthy 400-calorie meal make a delicious packable lunch for the next day.
By Carolyn Casner

Fresh Herb Shrimp Linguini

Rating: 5 stars 1
Have this fresh shrimp and pasta meal on the table in 30 minutes.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Italian-Style Turkey & Penne Skillet

Rating: 5 stars 4
This delicious one-skillet pasta meal-for-two is ready in just 35 minutes! Turkey--seasoned with a spicy Italian-seasoning blend--is served with tomato sauce and wilted spinach over multi-grain pasta.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Penne with Pesto and Spinach

Rating: 5 stars 1
Fresh pesto brilliantly compliments the lemon and garlic flavors of this juicy chicken dinner.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Florentine Lasagna Roll-Ups

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
Think portion control with these individual lasagna roll-ups. Leftovers are great for lunch the next day.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

25 Diabetes-Friendly Pasta Recipes for Dinner Tonight
Yep, you can follow a diabetes-appropriate diet and still enjoy a bowl of pasta now and again.
27 Heart-Healthy Pasta Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight
These dinners are packed with hearty protein and nutritious vegetables like broccoli and spinach.
Vegetarian Lo Mein with Shiitakes, Carrots & Bean Sprouts
Rating: 4 stars 1

A hit of Sriracha gives a sweet and spicy edge to this healthy vegetarian recipe. Traditional lo mein is made with fresh lo mein noodles, which can be found in Asian markets. You can also use fresh or dried linguine noodles--fresh linguine is in the refrigerated section of some grocery stores. This easy dinner comes together in just 30 minutes, so it's perfect for weeknights.