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9 Pasta Recipes to Satisfy All Your Carb Cravings (Guilt-free!)

Clare Lanaux

Carbs get a bad rap, but whole grain carbs, pasta included, can and should be part of a healthy diet. Whole grains are full of dietary fiber, a carbohydrate that your body is unable to digest. This isn’t a bad thing! Fiber is known to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and regulate sugar intake. Foods high in fiber have fewer calories per gram than their fiberless counterparts, keeping you fuller for longer. Not all recipes below call for whole grains, but whole grain pasta is a Noom green food so try to make the healthy swap if you can. Happy eating!

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Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti via Gimme Some Oven
This baked ziti recipe requires only 6 ingredients — pasta, chicken, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and basil. Chicken and cheese contain fill-you-up protein and basil adds delicious flavor with no added calories. Plus, it takes only 15 minutes to prep!

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Chicken, Broccoli, & Pasta Skillet Casserole via Gal on a Mission
This tasty casserole can be made entirely in one skillet and takes only 20 minutes to cook. Pasta is topped with protein-packed chicken, filling broccoli, and homemade cream sauce for a filling and satisfying dish.

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Spicy Sausage Pasta via Kevin and Amanda
This tasty recipe uses turkey sausage to keep flavor while reducing calories and fat. Cover with low-fat cheese for a decadent but low-cal comfort dish.

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Healthy Spinach Lasagna Rolls via The Girl Who Ate Everything
Chicken breasts are stuffed inside lasagna noodles with superfood spinach and fat-free ricotta cheese to create a heart-healthy dish that is still extremely satisfying.

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Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese via Cooking a la Mel
This mac & cheese is made with greek yogurt, creating a rich and creamy sauce that has a nice dose of protein. Use low-fat cheese and whole grain pasta for an extra health kick.

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Kale and Sun Dried Tomato Whole Wheat Pasta via Glow Kitchen
This recipe swaps white flour spaghetti with its fiber-rich whole-wheat counterpart and adorns it with kale, sun-dried tomatoes, and just a touch of cheese. The texture is rich and filling and the appearance is simply a feast for the eyes.

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Penne Rosa with Shrimp via Back to Her Roots
Start to finish, this tasty pasta takes only 15 minutes to make! The rich cream sauce uses greek yogurt to reduce calories, while plump shrimp add protein.

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Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce via Skinny Taste
Baby pasta shells are tossed with marinara sauce and crunchy asparagus for a light dish that’s perfect for vegetarians or meatless Mondays.

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One Pan Mediterranean Chicken Pasta via Iowa Girl Eats
The Mediterranean diet is heralded for a reason. This quick 30-minute meal is filled with chicken and fresh vegetables for a light meal that’s full of flavor and good-for-you nutrients.

  • krasse

    Really, pasta for carb cravings? Do you also suggest alcohol for an alcoholic? Having cravings for carbs is NOT funny and should be dealt with. I had carbs cravings my whole life and when I stopped eating gluten and crappy gluten free pasta and bread, all my cravings disappeared. Having cravings for sugar and carbs is an addict and should be dealt with like being an alcoholic. STOP eating bad carbs and gluten instead! Eat a lot of protein. Seriously, how full do you get from a dish of pasta and some plain sauce?! It’s just carbs! You will just get the cravings again and again and again. Stop the madness instead.

    • comtox

      Troll spotted , Carbs are needed for recovery, just eat it when your body needs it…