Calling all pasta lovers! October 17th was National Pasta Day, and we’re celebrating the Snap Kitchen way – by giving you the rundown on whether or not pasta is healthy, and some of the healthiest pasta recipes you can make (or microwave). Read on to learn more!
Is pasta healthy?
Answer: Trick question! It all depends on how it’s prepared.
If pasta is cooked right, (al dente, all day) it is actually a low glycemic index food, as well as a source of resistant starch. This type of starch is digested and absorbed slower than simple carbohydrates, which is better for blood sugar control and helps keep you fuller for longer. Whole-grain pastas are an added bonus, as they’re a great source of protein, fiber and vitamins. This way, you’ll feel more satisfied by eating less, thanks to the protein and fiber.
It’s also important to pay attention to what you’re adding to your pasta. When you’re topping your pasta with high-fat, high-calorie toppings such as creamy sauces and cheeses, calories start to stack up fast. Consider adding a veggie-based sauce like marinara, your choice of protein, or a few of your favorite veggies instead.
Healthy pasta alternatives
While pasta isn’t necessarily bad for you, there are still plenty of delicious, more nutrient-dense pasta alternatives. Check out some of them below:
- Spaghetti squash
- Soba noodles
- Brown rice pasta
- Eggplant lasagna
- Cauliflower couscous
- Onion noodles
- Seaweed pasta
Looking to make some pasta dishes that are full of vitamins, protein, and deliciousness? Look no further – we’ve gathered some of our favorite healthy pasta recipes from Bon Appetit here:
- Soba Noodles with Crispy Kale
- Kale Pesto and Whole Wheat Pasta
- Salad Ramen
- Sesame Noodles with Crispy Tofu
- Spaghetti al Limone with Asparagus
- Turmeric Fish with Rice Noodles and Herbs
- Udon with Chicken and Garlicky Peanut Dressing
- Cold Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Kale
And of course, our favorite Snap Kitchen healthy pasta meals for those nights you don’t feel like cooking:
- Baked Ziti with Italian Beef Sausage
- Cacio e Pepe with Rosemary Chicken
- Pasta Primavera with Parmesan and Mozzarella
- Spaghetti Turkey Bolognese
How will you be celebrating National Pasta Day? Perhaps with a homemade pasta meal or maybe you’re feeling a chef-prepared meal that’s ready in a snap – such as our delicious Caco e Pepe with Rosemary Chicken. Check out more healthy, tasty meals like this in our menu here.