Yes, there is such a thing as healthy pasta. Each of these dishes has less than 400 calories and a whole lot of flavor.
Cost per serving: $1.21
Get a jump start and make this dish a day early. Cover, refrigerate and stir well before serving at room temperature.
See recipe: Pasta Salad with Eggplant, Zucchini and Squash
Cost per serving: $1.43
You can give the sauce even more flavor by stirring in ¼ cup chopped fresh basil or sprinkling with grated Parmesan.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Eggplant Tomato Sauce with Pasta
Cost per serving: $1.27
Substitute part-skim ricotta for regular and you’ll save 25 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving. Another healthy move: Swap in whole-wheat pasta to increase the fiber and nutrients.
See recipe: Pasta with Ricotta and Edamame
Cost per serving: $1.05
Serve this tasty dish as a side with grilled chicken, or just toss a salad and have a hearty vegetarian supper.
See recipe: Parmesan Orzo Pasta
Cost per serving: $2.62
Try polenta in place of pasta to make a veggie-rich, family pleasing lasagna (looked for premade rolls of polenta in the supermarket’s refrigerated section). A green salad is all you need to make it a meal.
See recipe: Vegetable Polenta Lasagna
Cost per serving: $2.82
Look for rice noodles in the Asian or ethnic foods aisle in your supermarket. They’re ideal for weeknight meals because they don’t need to be boiled— they require only a quick soak before you can stir-fry them with other ingredients. You can also swap in (or add) other vegetables in place of the snow peas, such as green beans or small broccoli florets.
See recipe: Stir-Fried Pork, Snow Peas and Rice Noodles
Cost per serving: $2.56
An Asian noodle salad becomes a filling meal with the addition of sliced pork tenderloin. For extra crunch, sprinkle coarsely chopped peanuts over the salad.
See recipe: Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Pork
Cost per serving: 68¢
Cold Sesame Noodles with Golden Garlic is a light and delicious meal for lunch or dinner. If you have cooked chicken or shrimp on hand, toss them in for extra protein.
See recipe: Cold Sesame Noodles with Golden Garlic
Cost per serving: $1.08
This makes a great side dish to chicken, beef, pork or fish. Or consider adding your protein to this dish for a one-skillet-meal.
See recipe: Stir-Fried Egg Noodles with Vegetables
Cost per serving: $1.57
For richer taste, use 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth in place of 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.
See recipe: Garlicky Angel Hair with Roasted Broccoli
Cost per serving: $2.28
Top this colorful salad with a sprinling of finely chopped, roasted, salted peanuts and some chopped fresh cilantro and pass around lime wedges when serving.
See recipe: Rice Noodle Veggie Tofu Salad