Penne in tomato sauce topped with sliced avocado

Healthy pasta recipes

Our best ever healthy pasta recipes are packed with nutritious ingredients – perfect for a super satisfying, good-for-you lunch or supper.

132 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Get all five of your 5-a-day in this mildly spiced, healthy pasta dish. It's rich in iron, fibre and vitamin C as well as being low-fat and low-calorie

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
28 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Substituting half your pasta for swede ribbons and the breast of the duck rather than the leg makes this a leaner, but equally delicious, ragu

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
Healthy
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24 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Slow cook your next lasagne for extra tender mince – and this version is low-fat and low-calorie. A healthy family meal to give you comfort on cold nights

4 hrs and 15 mins
Easy
Healthy
26 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Try these slow cooker meatballs for a tasty family meal. Turkey mince makes lighter meatballs which kids love. They also freeze well so you can batch cook

6 hrs
Easy
Healthy
72 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Use guacamole ingredients to make this low-calorie vegan linguine which can also be served cold as a pasta salad. It delivers on flavour and it's healthy.

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
8 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Make the most of fresh asparagus and broad beans and try this light, low-fat veggie lasagne with a twist. It delivers three of your 5-a-day

1 hr and 45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
85 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Make this low-calorie veggie lasagne as a lighter alternative to the traditional bake. It's layered with pasta, ratatouille and sliced aubergine, and packs in all of your five-a-day

3 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Low fat and low calorie, this fennel spaghetti is a healthy vegetarian meal for two. Make it as an easy midweek meal and garnish with parsley and parmesan

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Use up leftover ratatouille to make a substantial vegetarian lunch that's quick to prepare and also super healthy, providing all five of your five-a-day

13 mins
Easy
Healthy
42 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A healthy spaghetti dish full of broad beans, leeks and asparagus tips. Make the most of spring greens with this vibrant, filling pasta recipe

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
15 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

An affordable way to include oily fish in your diet. Canned sardines are a great source of omega 3 and add oomph to this simple, family pasta dish

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
12 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Use frozen, skinless wild salmon fillets for a cheap and filling lunch on the go. This low-calorie, healthy dish couldn't be easier to whip up

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
17 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Chilli, fennel seeds and smoked paprika add warmth and flavour to a rich tomato sauce, served with seafood in this quick pasta dish

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
7 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Use leftovers from our Roast pepper & chorizo salad to make this easy pasta dish - see the recipe, below right

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Try this paella with a difference, using fideo or vermicelli pasta instead of rice, with prawns, mussels, squid, monkfish and a sprinkling of saffron 

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
18 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Middle-Eastern inspired vegetarian 'meatballs' pair perfectly with orzo pasta and creamy feta cheese - a deliciously different everyday dinner

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
18 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Lentils make a low-fat addition to these minced pork patties for a healthier family favourite - still full of herby, garlicky flavour

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
45 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This easy pasta dish with pancetta, butternut squash and spinach makes a healthy weeknight dinner. Fresh rosemary adds extra flavour

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
23 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This fast, fresh pasta sauce with cherry tomatoes, prawns and crème fraîche is ideal for a midweek supper, and it's low-fat

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
161 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Serve your pasta with a budget-busting tomato and paprika sauce. It's a healthy choice to boot

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
78 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Cinnamon adds complexity to this slow-cooked pasta sauce, which goes perfectly with large tubular paccheri pasta, or ribbons of pappardelle

2 hrs and 45 mins
Easy
Healthy
38 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Swap your usual beef mince with turkey to reduce the fat content of this classic Italian sauce and serve with wholemeal pasta

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
9 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Whizz up a quick homemade pesto with parsley and lemon juice, then serve spooned through hot pasta with fish, tomatoes and green beans

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
8 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

A tiny rice-shaped variety of pasta makes this dish almost like risotto. It's quick, healthy, filling and suitable for vegetarians

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
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