Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

Low-calorie pasta 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.

19 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
4 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Pangrattato - toasted, crunchy breadcrumbs - add texture to this festive pasta dish. Serve them at the table to ensure they're at peak crispness

30 mins
Easy
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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
5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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
11 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

35 mins
Easy
48 ratings 4.4 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
12 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

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

35 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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
177 ratings 4.4 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
17 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
6 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
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
21 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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
51 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Try a new take on pesto and blend red peppers, cashew nuts and parsley then serve spooned through hot pasta

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
26 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
12 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
29 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A typically Sicilian flavour combination - sweet raisins, spicy olive oil, crunchy pine nuts and salty fish

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
30 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
51 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
41 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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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