Like any other dish, you can make pasta a more nutritious and delicious meal when trying to lose weight or just starting a healthier lifestyle. It depends on the ingredients used. Be sure to use fresh veggies and spices that are guilt-free!
Here are 2 healthy pasta recipes you absolutely must try:
Veggie Roast Healthy Noodles
What you need:
- 1 kg pasta, freshly cooked
- 2 aubergines, diced (with skin)
- 2 carrots, cut into thin matchsticks
- 1 zucchini, cut into thin matchsticks
- 1/2 large onion, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 cups baby tomatoes, halved
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Mix the eggplant, carrots, zucchini, onion, tomatoes and salt in a bowl. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven (425F) for 20 minutes. When done, add garlic, thyme, and lemon juice. Stir and bake for another 15 minutes. Place the cooked pasta and roasted vegetables in a saucepan and add the balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well before serving.
Hearty Peanut Spaghetti Squash
What you need:
- 2 spaghetti squash, peeled, seeded and halved widthwise
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 inch piece ginger root, finely chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 cups diced sweet potato
- 2 cups of water
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1/2 dry roasted peanuts
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
Arrange the squash on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Leave to rest for 15 to 20 minutes. When done, wipe away the salt and bake in a preheated (400F) oven for 30 minutes. Let cool 15 to 20 minutes before peeling and separating strands to make “spaghetti noodles”. To prepare the peanut sauce, bring the sweet potato to a boil with 2 cups of water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and cook until sweet potato is tender, about 5 minutes. When done, add peanut butter, cilantro, peanuts, soy sauce, and as much or as little sriracha as you like. Stir to combine the ingredients well and continue cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the mixture to the blender. Blend until smooth. Place spaghetti squash on a serving plate and garnish with peanut sauce.
Looking for healthy pasta recipes? Look no further – try these delicious ones!
Thanks to Adrian T. Cheng