Do you love pasta recipes as much as I do? I could happily eat it every day in one form or another. I love lasagne, pasta bake, spaghetti bolognese, vegetarian of course, and well if it is pasta, I love it! How about you?
What are your favourite pasta recipes? Do you have a favourite?
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Recently when I attended a blogging conference in the goody bag I got this free bag of Garofalo pasta! I was of course very excited by this because not only do I love pasta but free pasta is even better!
This pasta is a brand I was not previously aware of but having tasted it I must say it is amazing! It has a way of holding more flavour from the sauce and just has much more flavour.
At around £2 a bag it is a little more expensive than my usual supermarket own brand. I didn’t expect there to be a difference, pasta is pasta, right?
Actually, it was amazing and totally different! Ben and Stuart both loved it too. I was genuinely surprised by how much more taste it had.
Do you have a favourite brand of pasta?
What are your favourite healthy pasta recipes?
Do you have a favourite pasta dish or like me do you like pretty much anything pasta related?
Do you prefer a creamy sauce or a tomato-based sauce?
Have you ever had an amazing pasta dish but not been able to replicate it at home?
Favourite Unofficial Slimming World pasta recipes with a tomato based sauce
Here are a few of my favourite recipes, and those of Stuart and Ben, with pasta you may have missed!
Butternut squash and cherry tomato pasta bake This is vegetarian and colourful but also easy to make and great for all the family. If you can’t get butternut squash as it isn’t in the season it would be easy to swap for any other vegetable of your choice. Check my butternut squash tips for information on how to prepare it easily.
Pasta Arrabiata is a simple spicy pasta dish that is easy to make and includes lots of vegetables so great for healthy eating plans like Slimming World. this is one of the easiest Slimming World pasta recipes I share so why not give it a go if you aren’t too fond of cooking.
For vegetarians, I recommend a meat texture like sausage rather than a vegetable-based one as it will make the recipe better.
Mediterranean vegetable lasagne This lasagne can easily be adapted to be a meat lasagne if you prefer by removing some of the vegetables and using mince instead. That said I think it is perfect like this so you shouldn’t need to change it really.
Chicken fajita pasta bake is a spicy and unique healthy pasta recipe that mixes a pasta bake with chicken fajitas to be a tasty healthy meal for all the family. It can be easily adjusted to make it however spicy you choose.
Spaghetti bolognese with hidden vegetables is a great family meal to ensure all the family have their vegetables. Why don’t you give it a try with your kids and see if they notice the hidden veggies!
Healthy pasta recipes with a creamy sauce
Leek and macaroni cheese. Mac and cheese is a popular meal but not always too healthy. Why not try this healthier version which is still really tasty but includes some well-hidden vegetables too. If you are not keen on leeks then cut them small and you will still love this macaroni cheese.
Pasta with a courgette sauce is a tasty easy recipe that is perfect if you have lots of courgettes to use!
Smoked salmon pasta with lemon zest is a recipe with a few syns but worth it apparently, I don’t eat fish so can’t give you my personal opinion.
Creamy cheese and ham pasta bake is a great meal for children who love cheese and ham but don’t want vegetables. You can sneak onions in easily and it is a healthier option than many shop-bought sauces!
Spaghetti Primavera is one of my favourite healthy pasta recipes as it is not tomato-based like many others and includes different vegetables to those you usually have in pasta dishes. Why not give it a try.
Healthy pasta soup recipes
Minestrone soup is probably the best-known pasta soup recipe and this recipe is super easy to make!
Unofficial Slimming World Pasta Salad recipes
Tomato and Mozzarella pasta salad – another popular pasta salad recipe that is filling and tasty, perfect as a healthier alternative to pizza on weight loss plans!
or for something sweet…..
Fruit pasta salad is a fruit alternative full of berries and a refreshing summer pasta dish.
Healthy Noodle recipes
Do you count noodles as pasta? I know that I generally don’t but I guess really they are, aren’t they! So here are my favourite healthy noodle recipes!
Singapore chow mein noodles is a perfect Chinese takeaway dish.
An important pasta question
I am writing some new pasta recipes, what is your favourite pasta shape or one you would love to use more? Click into the comments box below and let me know!
Do you prefer creamy, cheesy or tomato-based sauces? If there is anything you would love in a recipe let me know that too!
Do you like traditional Italian pasta recipes? I love checking out the traditional recipes, they are so much better than a UK bolognese!
Pasta cooking cheat sheet
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