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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.

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  • Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

    Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.21 ratings

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

  • Seafood fideuà paella

    Seafood fideuà

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.6 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

  • Poor man's vongole rosso

    Poor man's vongole rosso

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.5 ratings

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

  • Wholewheat spaghetti & avocado sauce

    Wholewheat spaghetti & avocado sauce

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.13 ratings

    Avocados, almonds and zesty lemon create a creamy green sauce for pasta in this low-calorie lunch or dinner

  • Spaghetti with garlic mushrooms & prosciutto

    Spaghetti with garlic mushrooms & prosciutto

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.9 ratings

    Whip up this easy pasta dish which is low calorie but big on flavour - sprinkle with parsley and walnut pieces for extra colour and crunch

  • Butternut & bacon fusilli

    Butternut & bacon fusilli

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.53 ratings

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

  • Warm sausage & broccoli pasta salad

    Warm sausage & broccoli pasta salad

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.13 ratings

    A simple midweek supper of short pasta flavoured with chilli and garlic, served with pork chipolatas

  • Rainbow orzo salad

    Orzo salad

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.9 ratings

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

  • Salsa spaghetti with sardines

    Salsa spaghetti with sardines

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.19 ratings

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

  • Tuna pasta with rocket & parsley pesto

    Tuna pasta with rocket & parsley pesto

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.10 ratings

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

  • Beetroot orzotto

    Beetroot orzotto

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.24 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

  • A bowl of smoked salmon spaghetti with chilli & lemon

    Smoked salmon pasta

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.28 ratings

    This simple smoked salmon spaghetti dish is ready in just 20 minutes and makes the most of affordable ingredients. It's flavoured with fresh citrus, herbs and a kick of chilli

  • Creamy salmon & chive bows

    Quick creamy salmon pasta

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.14 ratings

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

  • More veg, less meat summer Bolognese

    More veg, less meat summer Bolognese

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.9 ratings

    Hide peas and courgettes in this Italian favourite to up your vegetable intake - great for kids when served with pasta

  • Lemon spaghetti with tuna & broccoli

    Lemon spaghetti with tuna & broccoli

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.54 ratings

    15 minutes is all you need to whip up this fresh, light and healthy fish pasta with olives, capers and greens

  • Tagliatelle with vegetable ragu

    Tagliatelle with vegetable ragu

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.45 ratings

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

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