Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

Low-calorie pasta recipes

23 Recipes

Our best ever triple-tested recipes for light pasta dishes that are all low-calorie but packed with flavour, including meat, seafood and veggie options.

Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

4.07143

(14 ratings)

Lentils make a low-fat addition to these minced pork patties for a healthier family favourite - still full of herby, garlicky flavour
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Seafood fideuà

3.666665

(3 ratings)

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 hour
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Poor man's vongole rosso

2.5

(2 ratings)

A brilliantly healthy pasta dish that's low calorie and rich in iron too, using budget-friendly cockles instead of clams...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Butternut & bacon fusilli

4.421055

(38 ratings)

This easy pasta dish with pancetta, butternut squash and spinach makes a healthy weeknight dinner - fresh rosemary adds extra flavour
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Rainbow orzo salad

4.333335

(6 ratings)

This small, rice-like pasta is ideal for bulking out nutritious salads. This version is made with roasted vegetables, cheese and basil
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Salsa spaghetti with sardines

4.733335

(15 ratings)

Storecupboard canned fish is a convenient source of omega-3 oils. Serve with wholewheat pasta, tomatoes, olives, onions and chilli
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Tuna pasta with rocket & parsley pesto

3.857145

(7 ratings)

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

Beetroot orzotto

4.7

(10 ratings)

Orzo is a small pasta shape that looks like a grain of rice and has a velvety texture similar to risotto when cooked- try it out in this Italian-inspired dish
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Creamy salmon & chive bows

4.375

(8 ratings)

Five ingredients is all you'll need for this fresh and light pasta dish of gravadlax and cream cheese
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Tagliatelle with vegetable ragu

4.117645

(34 ratings)

This veggie Bolognese-style sauce is great served with pasta and crams in three of your five-a-day
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
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