Am I right? We don’t even need to say which kind of pasta. Just, ‘mmm pasta,’ and you know what we mean: yummy, comforting, heart-warming, fulfilling pasta.
If only there were a way to make this quick dinner staple healthy.
But wait, there is.
In fact, there are many ways to have healthy pasta and - even better healthy - high protein pasta. Who said you needed to choose?
You can have your figurative cake and eat it too!
We put together a list of super easy 30-minute or less protein pasta recipes that are both mouthwatering and taste-bud fooling, making anyone at home (including you!) feel happy and satisfied with healthy pasta options for any day of the week - and especially well suited for dinner!
But first, let’s talk about protein pasta replacements you can order online or pick up at your local healthy grocery store. Their pros and cons and how to best use them. If you already know these healthy pasta replacements, skip ahead, pick a recipe and get cooking!
These pantry upgrades turn any pasta recipe into a healthy one:
If you’re concerned about your protein intake, remember you can always have a complete protein drink as a meal replacement, or to support your diet.
Vegan. 25 grams of protein. Finger-sucking, plate-licking, good. So healthy, some people might not even call it pasta (it doesn’t even count as a cheat meal!), but so flavorful the Nonna could -almost- be fooled. Protein pasta that turns your favorite bolognese into a healthy pasta recipe.
Then get ready to make some magic, you’ll need: 30 minutes (enough to watch a Netflix show as you chop and stir), some low sodium marinara sauce, garlic, one medium shallot, two to three medium carrots, lentils, and some raw zucchini noodles that you can buy or make yourself. Plus some staple spices you likely have at home. Let’s get cracking!
Recipe by: MinimalistBaker
Sweet potatoes are not fattening. We’re here to debunk the idea that carbs are the devil! You need carbs, and protein, and natural unprocessed sugars. This vegetarian recipe is quick, easy and fun to make with a partner, friends or kids!
This is a high protein pasta recipe with an unbelievable 18.9g per serving. 100 grams of sweet potato has 2 grams of protein, 35% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, 380% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A, 21 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of fiber. Since this recipe has egg and ½ of Ricotta cheese, it quickly builds the protein intake, while also giving you that satisfying warm fuzzy feeling that comes from healthy pasta.
To make it vegan, replace the cheese with nutritional yeast. Choose a B12 enriched one, nutritional yeast has 9g of protein per serving and it is a complete one too!
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Recipe by: Weight Loss Australia
Move over steak, Hulk protein pasta is here to take your place. OK, maybe if you eat meat this won’t replace your most beloved steak. However, it will give it a run for its money:
This healthy pasta recipe has a whopping 19.5 grams of protein coming from the chickpeas + 5.8 g of from the kale, and an extra 4.5 g pine nuts for the total recipe. It serves two, so each serving has about 14.9 grams of protein. It is delicious, super light, and perfect for a fall or winter weekly dinner. It is comforting and innovative enough that you won’t feel it’s predictable or get bored of it quickly. Make it a cheat meal by accompanying it with some red wine ;)
You can make this vegan or vegetarian by either skipping the cheese or replacing with nutritional yeast.
Recipe by: Love And Lemons
With 12g of protein per serving, only 255 calories, and barely 3g of fat, this protein pasta is one of the healthiest and most savory options on this list! Mixing whole wheat fettuccini, black beans, baby portobello mushrooms (yum!), rosemary, oregano, and baby spinach this is healthy pasta that you can have for dinner 100% guilt-free.
Excited to try it? We are!
Recipe by TasteOfHome
No high protein pasta list can exist without some good ole Mac n’ Cheese! This is one of those kid favorites you can sneakily use to try and replace the cheeto-orange-poison-burrito that most of the boxed ones are. We’re serious, those things are not good for you or our children!
This whole recipe takes twenty minutes to make and serves three people easily, using chickpea pasta, red lentils (for the faux-mac) and three tablespoons of nutritional yeast it is high in protein and flavor. Each serving of this healthy pasta has about 15.6g of protein, making it an ideal go-to for vegans, growing children, and anyone training for muscle growth.
Recipe by: Blooming Nolwenn
So you’re feeling like some Asian noodles? Not really in the Mediterranean diet mood? We got you. This high protein pasta uses Explore Cuisine’s Edamame Pasta (which you can find on Amazon here) which has 13g of fiber and 24g of protein. A wonderful low glycemic option that really kicks regular noodles to the curb.
This thirty-minute recipe is beginner-cook friendly and super flavorful. If you’re not feeling the tofu, replace with mushroom mix, Tempeh or Chicken if that’s your thing. However, the edamame pasta is so protein-rich already, you can simply skip it and enjoy with the veggies!
Recipe by: Nicole Osinga
Need a garnish for that healthy pasta? Is your mac and cheese missing some bacon sprinkles? There are many faux-bacon recipes out there, so we chose two that may be good enough to fool the kids:
Whip up a healthy pasta for lunch or dinner and applaud yourself for a job well done. Another dinner, done and day, conquered. Health from the inside out requires daily work and making changes to our less than healthy favorites.
You’re doing amazing by just researching!
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