Of many soul-satisfying foods that one can savour, pasta is one and tops the list. Though we have a variety of cuisines, pasta comfortably fits in all. While it emerged in Italy, pasta has travelled to many places around the world that it is now claiming different and customised recipes. Today in this blog, we will see some ten amazing pasta recipes that are healthy. Pasta lovers, get ready to explore.
But before you set your foot, one thing to understand is that the base for pasta is the same. It is only the ingredients and the flavour that changes. So before jumping to the variety of pasta, let us see the basic pasta-making.
To make pasta, you will need to do the following:
- Add enough water to a beaker and bring it to a boil.
- Add a little salt and a drop of oil to make sure pasta does not stick to each other.
- Add pasta and keep stirring them. Make sure you don’t break them in this process.
- After the pasta swells, take a piece out and cut it with a fork to see if it’s boiled.
- Drain the pasta and keep it aside. Use the required spices to make it soul-satisfying.
And now that you know how to cook pasts, let’s explore some healthy recipes.
10 Healthy Pasta Recipes For Every Pasta Lovers
1. Tomatoes, Avocado and Linguine
Using tomatoes, onions and other spices make guacamole. This can be used as a side or can be used to make pasta salad. Chop and add avocados, tomatoes, ad linguine. Add lime juice, lemon zest, onions, coriander and chillies. Mix well. Toss the cooked pasta and stir well.
2. Mushroom Sauce Pasta
Whole wheat pasta is one healthy option that you try guilt-free and hog on it any time. Make your pasta and toss it on the pan with your favourite veggies and some spinach. You can also add some basil or any other green leaves. Add some cherry tomatoes as well. In the end, add your favourite choice of plant milk or ricotta, either regular or plant-based and stir it well.
3. Pesto and Avocado
This variety of pasta is one of the healthiest options you can try. If you don’t want avocado as a whole, make guacamole out of it and add it to your pasta. For pesto sauce, al you have to do is add some basil, garlic pods, parmesan, pine nuts and blend it well. To this, add salt and pepper. While the blender is still blending, add a spoon of olive oil. If you have extra, you can save it for later by storing it in an airtight container. Mix with pasta and top it with guacamole. You can also season it with your favourite herbs.
4. Chickpea Pasta
If you are craving for creamy and delicious pasta, this recipe is a gift. Pure the soaked chickpeas and add it on the top. This is a great alternative to dairy. Add some lemon, smoked paprika, or even a dash of cinnamon. You can experiment this with any kind of pasta. The key ingredient, however, is the chickpea pure otherwise known as hummus. Yes, hummus does go amazingly well on pasta. You can also add some rosemary and basil for garnish.
5. The simple primavera
This dish is so versatile that you can have it as mains or even as aside. This dish is made with a simple white sauce of basil and garlic flavour. In a saucepan, add garlic, basil and onions along with some olive oil. Saute and after they are cooked, add some soy milk, nutritional yeast and cook until it thickens—steam diced carrots and broccoli. Add the steamed veggies to the white sauce. You can also add pepper powder for a little spice and don’t forget to add enough salt for taste. Drain your cooked pasta and add it to the white sauce. Mix and enjoy.
6. Healthy Mac and Cheese
Want to eat mac and cheese but with less fat? Here’s an amazing recipe. Take potatoes, carrots and onions – diced. Add them in a pan with some olive oil. Cook them well and add enough water to boil. Add cashews while it is boiling. Once cooked, drain off the water and let the mixture cool down. Transfer it into a food processor, add half a cup nutritional yeast, salt and pepper for taste. The blended cashews give a creamy texture.
7. Roasted Tomato Spaghetti
If you are a tomato lover then you love this recipe. The sauce is extremely simple to make. For the sauce, all you need is ripe tomatoes, basil, some pepper, garlic pods, and extra-virgin olive oil. Saute them well, toss it in a blender and make a sauce. Cook your Spaghetti on the side. Add the sauce, mix it well, top it some sun-dried tomatoes and olives if you like.
8. Herbi Salsa Pasta
Pre-heat the oven and add the ingredients for making the sauce. They are – small tomatoes on the vine, 3-4 garlic pods (peeled), red wine vinegar, basil (handful), green chilli finely chopped -1), caster sugar (1 tbsp). While this cooks in the oven, work on the Salsa. For this, you will need basil (a small bunch), leafy parsley (small bunch), a handful of mint, garlic pods (2), zested lemon and one spoon lemon juice. Toss them in a blender and blend it well. Cook your choice of pasta, add the oven cooked stuff and mix the pasta well. Enjoy with salsa sauce.
9. Masala Pasta
Boil your pasta and keep it aside. In a pan, add olive oil, a bay leaf, some bell peppers, onions and tomatoes finely chopped. Add grated cabbage as well if you prefer. Once the oil separates, add chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder. Mix well and add some soy sauce as well for an added taste. Now add the cooked pasta and stir it well.
10. Red sauce pasta
This pasta is simple to make and is a saviour when you are hungry. Cook your pasta. Take a pan, add oil, toss some garlic cloves, chilli flakes and onions. Add tomato puree and some basil. Add enough salt, add the cooked pasta and enjoy!
Pasta is ever-favourite food. Pasta is one of the most versatile food. You can literally make any flavour out of it. It is quick, easy to make and is extremely delicious as well!