Healthy Pasta Main Dish Recipes

Healthy Pasta with boneless chicken, fresh vegetables, and pasta salads make up this top-rated collection.

Staff Picks

Spaghetti Diablo with Shrimp

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
The sauce was tangy and sharp, mellow by my standards for spice, but just right for Nancy and Quinn. Topped with the shrimp, Pecorino cheese and some parsley, it was very satisfying.

Spaghetti with Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
This vegetarian Italian pasta dish tastes best if you're using sun-ripened cherry tomatoes - that's how it's eaten in Italy. Since you are only using very few ingredients, make sure they are all of top-notch quality.
By kochbiene

Eggplant Red Gravy with Anchovies

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
A great New Orleans style gravy. We call tomato sauce Red Gravy in the South. Anchovies add flavor, not salt to this recipe. I know you will thank me after you try this recipe.

Pasta with Arugula and Tomatoes

Rating: 5 stars 7
This is a super-simple, quick pasta recipe that tastes best with cherry tomatoes or other sun-ripened tomatoes. It is perfect during the summer months when tomatoes are in season.

Pasta with Clams, Zucchini, and Zucchini Blossoms

This Italian pasta dish (Pasta con vongole, zucchine, e fiori di zucca) tastes like summer and the sea. Zucchini blossoms are only available for a short time, so make sure to take advantage!

Pasta with Asparagus and Lemon Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 5
A quick midweek vegetarian pasta dish with asparagus and a creamy lemon sauce. I always use organic lemons whenever I use the zest.
By barbara

Pesto Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 202
Easy to make, but full of flavor! Good hot or cold.
By Lauren

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Angel Hair

Rating: 4.5 stars 239
This is something I threw together one day when I was faced with an abundance of fresh cherry tomatoes and basil from my garden. Delish!

Sicilian Spaghetti

Rating: 4 stars 133
If you love anchovies and pasta, this recipe is for you. It's quick, easy and very tasty. Serve with crusty Italian bread, if desired.

Garlic Shrimp Linguine

Rating: 4.5 stars 952
A dazzlingly simple and delicious recipe. This is an elegant dish to serve drop-in dinner guests.

Linguine with White Clam Sauce II

Rating: 4.5 stars 157
A light clam sauce served over linguini noodles. Healthy, too!
By Karena

Tomato and Garlic Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 257
There is nothing nicer than the flavor of fresh tomatoes. You can use canned, but the trouble you take to prepare this dish is worth it. You prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking, no long hours of waiting. Great if you want meatless pasta.

Inspiration and Ideas

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon
Rating: Unrated 1076
"This is a quick light meal. Wilted spinach, bacon and tomatoes are tossed with penne pasta. Good for any season and will complement anything." – Jean Tagliere
Greek Chicken Pasta
Rating: Unrated 1575
"This dish incorporates some of the flavors of Greece." – Lalena
Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans
Rating: 4 stars 571

An easy, quick, and tasty recipe. The flavors are wonderfully different as they are combined and meld together.