5 HEALTHY PASTA RECIPES


These 5 easy, healthy pasta recipes will satisfy all your needs for a simple weeknight meal that's also good for you. 

 

1. Avocado, Tomato, and Lime Linguine

 

Ingredients

  • 120 g linguine
  • 1 lime
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • ½ pack fresh coriander
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red chilli (optional)

 

Method

STEP 1

Cook the pasta for about 10 mins. Put the lime juice and zest in a medium bowl with the avocado, tomatoes, coriander, onion and chilli (optional), and mix well.

STEP 2

Drain the pasta, toss into the bowl and mix well. Serve.

 

2. Broccoli Pasta

 

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups plant milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 16 oz. pasta of your choice
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • salt & pepper to taste

 

Method

STEP 1

Cook your pasta according to package and set aside. Steam broccoli using your preferred method.

STEP 2

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat, add the flour and whisk until smooth. Continue to cook for another 1 1/2 minutes. Slowly add in the plant milk and continue to whisk until smooth. Add in garlic powder, onion powder and salt to taste. Turn heat to medium low and cook another 8 minutes until sauce thickens, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add optional nutritional yeast. Stir until well incorporated and taste for flavor adding more salt or garlic/onion powder as needed.

STEP 3

Toss together the pasta, broccoli and sauce. Serve with fresh cracked pepper.

 

3. Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Long-Stemmed Broccoli, Chilli, and Lemon

 

Ingredients

  • 150 g whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 300 g long-stemmed broccoli
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Chilli flakes
  • 1 lemon

 

Method

STEP 1

Cook the spaghetti, adding the broccoli to the pan for the last 2 minutes, then drain, keeping a cupful of the pasta water.

STEP 2

Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large frying pan, and cook the garlic very gently for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the chilli and cook for a minute.

STEP 3

Tip in the pasta, broccoli, lemon zest and juice and some seasoning. Add 2-3 tbsp. pasta cooking water and toss  everything together.

 

4. Linguine with Tuna, Lemon, and Dill

 

 Ingredients

  • 150 g linguine
  • 200 g tin, drained and flaked tuna
  • finely sliced red onion 
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • dill

 

Method

STEP 1

Cook the pasta following pack instructions.

STEP 2

Mix together the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and season.

STEP 3

Drain the pasta and toss everything together.

 

5. Pesto and Kale Pasta

 

Ingredients

  • 150 g kale
  • basil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 lemon
  • 350 g whole-wheat spaghetti

 

Method

STEP 1

Bring a pan of water to the boil. Cook the kale for 30 secs, drain and transfer to a bowl of ice-cold water for 5 mins. Drain again and pat dry with kitchen paper.

STEP 2

Put the basil, garlic, seeds, oil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and zest, and drained kale in a food processor. Blitz until smooth, then season. Loosen with a splash of water, if it’s too thick.

STEP 3

Cook the pasta following pack instructions, then toss with the pesto and serve.

 

 



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