If you’ve been a subscriber to the blog, you’ll probably already know this little trick we do here. Most of the pasta recipes you’ll find here actually contain more veggies by weight and volume than actual pasta! And here’s why. Vibrant seasonal veggies contain so many healthy nutrients, way more than than pasta, and yet pasta, bless it’s delicious heart, becomes as the perfect carrier for these beauties.
So I often switch the proportions to make the pasta dishes more healthy. More veggies, less pasta. And guess what? My body loves this combo. In fact, when I limit the dairy, and totally cut out the meat, my body actually seems to digest pasta much easier. Of course we are all different, so don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself and see!
Try using this simple healthy technique with your own favorite pasta recipes…. or some of these Healthy, Veggie-Loaded Pasta Dishes below!
Spring Orzo Pasta with Asparagus, Lemon and Dill– serve this warm as quick flavorful entree or chilled as a side salad. Keep it vegan or add feta!
Thai Noodle Salad with the BEST EVER Peanut Sauce – loaded up with healthy veggies like cabbage carrots, bell pepper, scallions and tossed in the most flavorful peanut sauce! You’ll want to lick your plate, it’s that good! Vegan & Gluten-Free
Summer Pasta Salad w/ Grilled Zucchini, Corn and Cilantro Pesto is made with gluten-free rice noodles and loaded up with healthy summer veggies, then tossed in the most flavorful Cilantro Pesto…. deliciously addicting! Vegan and Gluten-free!
Orecchiette with Broccoli Sauce – a simple vegetarian pasta dish loaded with so much broccoli it melts down into a sauce. Originally from Tuscany, this simple hearty dinner satisfies.
Garlicky Cruciferous Pasta- a simple vegan pasta dish loaded with shredded cruciferous vegetables like brussel spouts, broccoli and cauliflower with garlic, lemon zest and chili flakes. Trader Joe’s carries a packaged “Cruciferous Mix” that is already shredded, making this dinner even more easy and fast!
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms, Garlic and Sage a flavorful and healthy low-carb meal that feels like a comforting pasta dish! Perfect for fall! Keep it vegan or add grated Romano cheese!
This Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Mushrooms is light and zesty with a bright Lemony- Parsley Dressing. A great make ahead salad, perfect for potlucks or midweek lunches.
Roasted Sheet-Pan Ratatouille Pasta! Full of end-of-summer veggies like eggplant, zucchini, and peppers. Delicious and vegan!
A delicious recipe for Spring Pea Pasta with truffle oil, lemon and mint. Flavorful and simple to make, this can be served warm or chilled – perfect for gatherings or midweek lunches. Keep it vegan or add crumbled goat cheese.
Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Toasted Walnuts, Garlic, Parsley and Lemon! This pasta is one of my favorites. It’s hearty without leaving you feeling heavy. So much goodness happening here!
Beet Noodles with Yogurt and Dill – using spiralized beets as the “noodle”, this dish actually contains no pasta! But you wont miss it! A simple vegetarian, gluten-free meal that can be made in 20 minutes!
Sesame Cabbage Noodles These Asian Noodles are mostly cabbage with a small portion of vermicelli rice noodles. The Asian style dressing is so tasty, then top with scallions, cilantro and crunchy roasted peanuts. Add Sesame Tofu and make it a meal. Vegan, Gluten-free!
This Garlicky Chard Pasta – is heavily loaded up with fresh spring chard and lots of garlic. Lemon gives it a delicious brightness. A vibrant, light and healthy vegan meal that can be made in 20 minutes!
Jade Noodles– an Asian Soba noodle recipe loaded up with seasonal veggies and a sesame dressing.
Vietnamese Vermicelli Salad with Sweet Chili Vinaigrette & Roasted peanuts – bursting with flavor and healthy and light!
Lemon Basil Orzo Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and arugula. A healthy, vegan pasta salad that can be made ahead for midweek lunches or potlucks. Keep it vegan or add feta!
And lastly, one of my personal favs … Kung Pao Noodles with cauliflower- made in a wok with a very flavorful Kung Pao Sauce – a feast for the senses! We learned this recipe in China – authentic and delicious!
There you have it….
Pick a few of these HEALTHY, VEGGIE-LOADED PASTA DISHES (with MORE veggies than pasta!) this week and give them a whirl. Let me know what you think!
Happy week friends!!!