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Low-calorie pasta recipes

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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 4.1 out of 5.19 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 4.2 out of 5.8 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 5.51 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

    Rainbow 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

  • Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

    Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.190 ratings

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

  • Salsa spaghetti with sardines

    Salsa spaghetti with sardines

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.18 ratings

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

  • Tapenade chicken pasta with runner beans

    Tapenade chicken pasta with runner beans

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.5 ratings

    Use up this plentiful legume in a robust pasta dish with anchovy and olive tapenade sauce, tomatoes, basil and chilli

  • Roasted pepper linguine with crisp crumbs

    Roasted pepper linguine with crisp crumbs

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.8 ratings

    A good-for-you vegetarian pasta served with roasted peppers, tangy green olives, sweet basil and chilli breadcrumbs

  • 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 5.23 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

  • Smoked salmon spaghetti with chilli & lemon

    Smoked salmon spaghetti with chilli & lemon

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.27 ratings

    A super simple pasta supper that uses budget offcuts of fish with just a little heat, flavoured with fresh citrus and herbs

  • 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

  • Pasta with chilli tomatoes & spinach

    Pasta with chilli tomatoes & spinach

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.31 ratings

    A low-fat supper of tasty tomato sauce and penne - wilt down a whole bag of spinach for extra nutrients

  • 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 5.44 ratings

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

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