21 Skinny Low Calorie Pasta Recipes

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Who says you cannot have pasta on a low-calorie diet? With these no-more-than-300-calories healthy pasta recipes, anyone can enjoy a decent Italian meal.

Does your restrictive diet prevent you from freely consuming your calories?

With these 21 healthy recipes that are low in calories, you will learn that eating pasta on a low-calorie diet doesn’t have to be a firm no-no.

Delicious, versatile, and with no more than 300 calories! With the 21 low-calorie pasta dishes enjoy your favorite comfort food and still experience the results of weight loss.

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1. Israeli Couscous Salad

Israeli Couscous Salad

Source: beyondthechickencoop.com

Less than 200 calories but super filling, this bright salad is just the thing you need for lunch.

The thing I love most about it has to be the zesty, sweet, and orange dressing. Combined with a bit of garlic, it offers tons of flavor.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 198

• Fats: 3g

• Protein: 5g

• Carbs: 34g

• Fiber: 2g

• Sugar:

2. Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

Source: goodiegoodielunchbox.com.au

Avocados, cherry tomatoes, corn, and spring onions accompany the filling pasta shells and tuna in this recipe.

The pasta, tuna, and veggies are gently tossed in a lemony mayo dressing that gives the pasta a light creaminess that combines perfectly with the tuna protein and tomato acidity.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 131

• Fats: 4.6g

• Protein: 6.2g

• Carbs: 16.5g

• Fiber: 1.8g

• Sugar: 1.3g

3. Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

Source: theforkedspoon.com

With broccoli, tomatoes, peas, peppers, asparagus, squash, zucchini, and green onions, this pasta is as packed as veggies as it can possibly be.

Loaded with super healthy nutrients and an amazingly silky butter and cream sauce, no one can resist this amazing taste.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 274

• Fats: 9g

• Protein: 11g

• Carbs: 39g

• Fiber: 5g

• Sugar: 7g

4. Springtime Asparagus Tomato Pasta

 Springtime Asparagus Tomato Pasta

Source: flippedoutfood.com

A similar recipe to the primavera pasta, with a similar number of calories but slightly fewer veggies.

If you have some wiggle room in your calorie limit, I really suggest you crumble some feta cheese on top for the freshest and most satisfying springtime pasta ever.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 266

• Fats: 8g

• Protein: 8g

• Carbs: 39g

• Fiber: 3g

• Sugar: 7g

5. Risoni with Spiced Roasted Butternut Pumpkin

Risoni with Spiced Roasted Butternut Pumpkin

Source: thedevilwearssalad.com

For a late fall salad, try this risoni pasta and butternut pumpkin bowl. It is hearty, sweet, filling, crunchy, and filled with enough spices to be super fragrant but not overpowering.

The butternut pumpkin is cubed, well-seasoned, roasted, and then tossed (along with the pasta), with cranberries, currants, and peanuts.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 286

• Fats: 8g

• Protein: 11g

• Carbs: 54g

• Fiber: 9g

• Sugar: 18g

6. Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

Source: thedevilwearssalad.com

Tarragon wraps the chicken, spaghetti, spinach, and roasted peppers nicely.

Plus, the chicken is also marinated with Dijon and Worcestershire sauce, which gives an even more powerful flavor punch.

Garnish with chopped herbs for an extra dash of freshness.  Check out more low calorie chicken recipes.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 145.85

• Fats: 2.29g

• Protein: 11.74g

• Carbs: 20.74g

• Fiber: 1.74g

• Sugar: 1.61g

7. Spaghetti Squash Feta Cheese Casserole

Spaghetti Squash Feta Cheese Casserole

Source: apaigeofpositivity.com

This casserole has cherry tomato and feta at the bottom and then is topped with baked spaghetti squash, cooked ground turkey, herbs, and spinach.

It is also topped with mozzarella cheese, which takes the cheesiness to a whole new level.

The warmth from the thyme and basil makes this pasta-like dish even more satisfying.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 293

• Fats: 5g

• Protein: 38g

• Carbs: 23g

• Fiber: 5g

• Sugar: 9g

8. Vegan Puttanesca

Vegan Puttanesca

Source: asweetalternative.com

Although the classic puttanesca sauce is made with anchovies, this vegan version doesn’t fall behind because it makes up for the fish loss by adding some more olives and capers.

Super creamy, rich in tomatoes, and deep garlic taste, this brown rice pasta dish is a real keeper.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 303

• Fats: 6g

• Protein: 7g

• Carbs: 58g

• Fiber: 8g

• Sugar: 8g

9. Tahini Pasta

Tahini Pasta

Source: asweetalternative.com

Made with gluten-free pasta and only a handful of simple ingredients, this has to be one of the easiest low-calorie recipes you can whip up for dinner.

Did I mention that it only takes 17 minutes to whip up? You just whisk the tahini, lemon, and garlic sauce and pour it over.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 315

• Fats: 12g

• Protein: 9g

• Carbs: 46g

• Fiber: 2g

• Sugar: 1g

10. Rainbow Orzo Salad

Rainbow Orzo Salad

Source: freshapron.com

Orzo is probably the most convenient starch you can put in your salads, especially if you are not a fan of rice.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, basil, and feta cheese all do their part for the delicious taste.

Crunchy, light, and super fresh, this orzo salad is the perfect lunch or side.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 205

• Fats: 11.2g

• Protein: 4.6g

• Carbs: 22.6g

• Fiber: 1.7g

• Sugar: 3.7g

11. Easy Zoodles

Easy Zoodles

Source: twohealthykitchens.com

Besides the zoodles – spiralized zucchini – this recipe also uses spaghetti, which makes this dish even more fun to make and eat.

Smothered in your favorite pasta sauce, grain, and zucchini noodles make quite the combo.

It also tastes great with some feta cheese crumbled on top. Just saying!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 94

• Fats: 1g

• Protein: 4g

• Carbs: 19g

• Fiber: 3g

• Sugar: 2g

12. Light Asparagus Pasta with Fresh Basil

Light Asparagus Pasta with Fresh Basil

Source: thehealthfulideas.com

Light as it can get, this 167-calorie pasta with asparagus and basil is green goodness you will surely make your regular.

With lemon flavors and crunchy pine nuts for topping, there’s absolutely nothing I would change in this recipe. Except maybe, make the portion larger.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 167

• Fats: 9g

• Protein: 6.4g

• Carbs: 18.7g

• Fiber: 2.7g

• Sugar: 1.8g

13. Tandoori Pasta

Tandoori Pasta

Source: myplantifulcooking.com

With a generous amount of ginger and Indian spices, you can only imagine how flavorful and fragrant this tomato low calorie pasta recipe is.

The vegan yogurt gives a nice creaminess that also balances out the spicy kick, but it is really the maple syrup that neutralizes the acidity and gives a slight sweetness.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 260

• Fats: 1g

• Protein: 9g

• Carbs: 53g

• Fiber: 4g

• Sugar: 7g

14. Spinach Green Pasta Sauce

Spinach Green Pasta Sauce

Source: thehealthfulideas.com

Garlicky green and creamy sauce made with cashew milk, spinach, and basil, squeezed with a bit of lemon juice for a zesty kick and finished off by adding a generous sprinkle of Pecorino Romano.

You can easily lower the calories by simply cutting back on cheese a bit.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 313

• Fats: 7.9g

• Protein: 12.2g

• Carbs: 47.9g

• Fiber: 3g

• Sugar: 3.1g

15. Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Tomatoes

Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Tomatoes

Source: cookingjourneyblog.com

Pasta with tomatoes and a creamy mushroom sauce.

The tarragon in the mushroom cream sauce really wraps the flavors beautifully, but the taste wouldn’t be so rich without the shallots.

For a vegan version, omit the cheese and use nut or other dairy-free milk for the cream.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 224

• Fats: 13g

• Protein: 10g

• Carbs: 20g

• Fiber: 3g

• Sugar: 11g

16. Creamy Vegan Avocado Pasta

Creamy Vegan Avocado Pasta

Source: mrishtanna.com

With only 300 calories and loaded with the healthiest fats, there is absolutely nothing you won’t love about this pasta.

A healthier alternative than the classic cheese-rich pasta, this avocado version with chopped tomatoes, basil, and a touch of lemon will make your taste buds dance.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 304

• Fats: 19g

• Protein: 3g

• Carbs: 13g

• Fiber: 7g

• Sugar: 3g

17. Low Carb Baked Feta Pasta

Low Carb Baked Feta Pasta

Source: easylowcarb.com

There seems to be a tomato-and-feta-baked-pasta craze going on all over the globe, but the thing about this one is that it is actually super low in carbs.

Without actual pasta but with zucchini noodles, so you can enjoy it guilt-free.

Check out more low calorie meals here.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 197

• Fats: 16g

• Protein: 8g

• Carbs: 9g

• Fiber: 2g

• Sugar: 6g

18. Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Source: mrishtanna.com

The thing that makes this dish stand out has to be the sun-dried tomatoes.

They give a much more intense flavor than regular tomatoes or tomato sauce. And blended with almond milk and seasoned the Italian way, they make one heck of a pasta sauce.

Vegan and also soy-free!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 244

• Fats: 2g

• Protein: 14g

• Carbs: 58g

• Fiber: 7g

• Sugar: 21g

19. Vegetable Pasta Salad

Vegetable Pasta Salad

Source: fitasafiddlelife.com

Okay, you can already guess that this low-calorie pasta salad is already loaded with veggies. It is also creamy, colorful, and rich in texture.

Carrots, celery, pepper, green onions, zucchini, and radishes with elbow pasta in a lemony dill avocado mayo sauce.

Perfect for potlucks and get-togethers

Per Serving:

• Calories: 210

• Fats: 11g

• Protein: 4g

• Carbs: 23g

• Fiber: 1g

• Sugar: 2g

20. Protein Pasta Salad with Kidney Beans

Protein Pasta Salad with Kidney Beans

Source: myplantifulcooking.com

Loaded with protein and veggies, this has to be one of the perfect things to make on your regular meatless Mondays.

Super nutritious and vegan, the edamame, lettuce, peppers, beans, and tomatoes, all give a vitamin boost that makes this pasta salad even more enjoyable.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 293

• Fats: 5g

• Protein: 19g

• Carbs: 41g

• Fiber: 10g

• Sugar: 5g

21. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Source: healthyrecipes101.com

Technically, this soup is not so much of a soup but a pasta dish with veggies and some broth.

So healthy and filling and yet with just under 220 calories, this is what an ideal lunch should look like. There’s broth, there are veggies, and there is pasta.

Check out more low-calorie soup recipes here.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 219

• Fats: 5g

• Protein: 9g

• Carbs: 34g

• Fiber: 5g

• Sugar: 4g

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