Prawn linguine recipe with 'nduja

Best ever healthy pasta recipes

Healthy eating doesn't mean compromising on flavour. Check out our 19 delicious pasta recipes which, while different shapes and sizes, are all low calorie and quick and easy to make

Try one of our 20 healthy pasta recipes for low calorie pasta. Whether you’re on the 5:2 diet (all of our recipes have less than 500 calories) or wanting to find low calorie midweek meals, we have plenty of healthy recipes for you to try. From low calorie linguine to super simple spaghetti with less fat, we have the best pasta ideas to make healthy meals with spaghetti, penne pasta, pasta shells and more…


Low calorie lasagne

If you love a rich, creamy lasagne but are trying to watch your weight, this healthy, low calorie version will help those cravings. Using lean mince and packing it full of vegetables will help you feel full and fill you with vitamin B. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was the classic! Try out one of our best ever lasagne recipes here…

Healthy Lasagne Recipe

Spicy prawn linguine

This spicy linguine isn’t for the faint hearted. With chilli flakes, ginger and garlic, it’s full of flavour but not fat. It’s simple to make and on the table in only 20 minutes. Want more heat? Check out our other hot and spicy recipes…

Spicy Prawn Linguine Recipe

Supergreen broccoli pasta bowl

Using only five ingredients, you’ll create a delicious bowl of fresh pasta. It’s the perfect evening meal – and if you make extra, will be a delicious lunch for the next day too. The pine nuts provide a crunchy texture while the broccoli and garlic add freshness.

Broccoli Pasta Recipe

Pasta with crisp chorizo, olive oil and parsley

Meaty doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. The crisp chorizo is the main ingredient in this pasta dish with the chilli giving it a kick. It’s under 500 calories and would make a great healthy dish to impress friends.

Chorizo Pasta Recipe With Olive Oil and Parsley

Rigatoni with courgette, lemon and parmesan

Courgette takes centre stage in this low calorie dish that will go down well with vegetarians and meat eaters alike. It’ll boost your veg count for the day but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. It’s packed with chilli, garlic and lemon giving it a warm Mediterranean feel. Here are our favourite vegetarian pasta recipes…

Rigatoni Pasta Recipe with Courgette, Lemon and Parmesan

Italian meatballs recipe

Make the kids happy with this healthy, family friendly dish. For under 500 calories, you’ll have meatballs that are full of flavour from the garlic, fennel seeds and oregano. Check out our other exciting meatball recipes here…

Italian meatballs

Linguine recipe with tuna, lemon and dill

If you need more omega 3, look no further than this linguine dish, topped with tuna, lemon and dill. It’s a healthy crowd pleaser loved by children and adults alike.

Linguine Recipe with Tuna, Lemon and Dill

Fiorelli with broccoli and crisp prosciutto

This pasta dish is simple but a showstopper. If you want a fancy Saturday night dinner that’s delicious yet easy, this is the one for you. With only six ingredients, the garlic and prosciutto stand out as the main flavours.

Fiorelli Pasta Recipe with Broccoli and Crisp Prosciutto

Smoked salmon, watercress and horseradish pasta

Smoked salmon and watercress go hand in hand. Add some linguine and you have a perfect pasta dish – smoky, rich and under 500 calories. Try adding some black pepper in at the end for a peppery kick. Find more fantastic fish recipe inspiration here…

Smoked Salmon Pasta Recipe with Watercress and Horseradish

Pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms

For a quick and healthy midweek meal, try pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms. You only need six ingredients and a few minutes to rustle it up. The chestnut mushrooms are juicy with a sweet lemon flavour. Try our other quick and easy pasta recipes here…

Pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms recipe

Wholewheat spaghetti recipe with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon

Using wholewheat spaghetti gives this dish a nutty flavour, and it’s full of fibre and vitamin C, too. Coming in at under 500 calories, it will still keep you feeling full all evening.

Prawn linguine with ‘nduja

If you’re a meat lover looking to watch what you eat, try this healthier prawn linguine with ‘nduja – a spicy Italian sausage. The strong flavours come from the prawn and ‘nduja with the cherry tomatoes providing a sweet mellow base. It’s low in fat but full of flavour. Check out our other linguine recipes here…

Angel hair pasta with saffron, prosciutto and peas

This Italian inspired meal makes a great weeknight treat. It’s under 500 calories but full of creamy mascarpone and salty prosciutto. Using angel hair pasta makes a change from the classic fusilli and would go down a treat at a dinner party, too

Angel Hair Pasta Recipe with Saffron, Prosciutto and Peas

Linguine with smoky paprika prawns

Our hot and spicy seafood pasta is super quick and easy to make. At just under 500 calories per serving, it’s also a great low cal midweek meal idea.

Linguine Pasta Recipe with Smoky Paprika Prawns

Spring veg and lemon broth

Our healthy broth is under 300 calories but doesn’t compromise on flavour. Packed with leafy greens, leeks and basil, it’s a feast for the eyes and tastebuds. It’s a fresh dish that’ll go down well on warm summer evenings and cold winter nights.

Spring Veg and Lemon Broth Recipe

Antipasti rigatoni

For a classic Italian pasta, try this antipasti rigatoni. Close your eyes and you’ll be overlooking the Riviera as you taste sweet tomatoes, salty olives and peppery basil. It’ll raise your veg count for the day too, and all for under 500 calories

Pasta with kale, anchovies and lemon

Kale’s got everyone talking, so it’s no surprise it takes centre stage in this dish. Packed with vitamins to boost your immune system, the pasta has a rich creamy base thanks to the crème fraiche, and using a half fat version keeps calories low.

Pasta with kale, anchovies and lemon

Roasted squash and ricotta penne

If you’ve got a squash that’s calling to be used up, try roasting it and adding it to some penne pasta. In only 20 minutes, you’ll have a cozy dish ready to eat. Roasted squash has a sweet flavour that works well with the soft cheese base, warming you inside and out.

Roasted Squash and Ricotta Penne Pasta Recipe

Crab, tarragon and lemon linguine

Our recipe for crab, tarragon and lemon linguine is really simple to make, ready in 20 minutes, and comes in at under 500 calories – but is packed with delicious, fresh flavours too. A perfect midweek meal.