7 Easy Baked Pasta Dishes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Pasta is a crowd pleaser and doesn’t have to be hard to cook or unhealthy. Baked pasta is my go to meal when I need to prepare something ahead of time for dinner. With these simple modifications I've been able to take high-fat, high-calorie dishes and replaced them with highly nutritious ingredients. 
  • Use only half the amount of cheese.
  • Replace high-fat protein with lean protein.
  • Replace half the pasta with vegetables.
  • Try pasta made with rice, corn or quinoa flour for a gluten-free option. 
  • Use non-fat milk and Greek yogurt for a cream based sauce. 
These recipes are simple to prepare and taste great. Steam some broccoli or prepare a green salad and you have a well balanced meal that your family will love. 

Baked Pasta with Veggies and Turkey

A homemade baked pasta dish that is lactose free, relatively low in sodium, and full of veggies and protein.

calories: 299.7   fat: 3.6 g   protein: 24.6 g   carbs: 43.8 g   fiber: 8 g

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut squash helps slim down this macaroni and cheese. You can't taste it, and it boosts the nutritional value of the dish!

calories: 230   fat: 4.3 g   protein: 13.2 g   carbs: 35.8 g   fiber: 5.2 g

Slow Cooker Lasagna

A great dish for a busy week. Brown the meat, layer in the ingredients, set your slow cooker on low, and go! From "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight."

calories: 271   fat: 10.2 g   protein: 24.8 g   carbs: 18 g   fiber: 1.6 g

Turkey Tetrazzini

This is a great dish to use leftover turkey. Top it with sliced carrots and zucchini.

calories: 156.6   fat: 7.5 g   protein: 7.6 g   carbs: 15.6 g   fiber: 1.7 g

Baked Ravioli

A great option for those who love lasagna.

calories: 368.3   fat: 14 g   protein: 31.7 g   carbs: 29 g   fiber: 1 g

Three-Cheese Macaroni

Cheesy, rich, delicious--just what you expect in macaroni and cheese. What you won't expect? 2/3 the fat and half the calories of the original!
calories: 259.6   fat: 7.9 g   protein: 12.6 g   carbs: 39.5 g   fiber: 4.1 g

Spinach and Sausage Baked Pasta

calories: 392.4   fat: 13 g   protein: 26.7 g   carbs: 18.9 g   fiber: 6 g

What healthy ingredients are in your baked pasta dishes? 

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SNUZYQ2 3/14/2021
Wonderful recipes! Thank you for sharing! Report
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I love pasta. These look good. Report
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This has got me interested in purchasing the Spark Cookbook. However, I detest turkey and do not drink milk, and would much rather adapt the Butternut Squash Mac N' Cheese recipe by using plain almond milk. Not supposed to boil milk or almond milk! Also interested in a cookbook by Bob Harper. Report
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The link for Turkey Tetrazzini wasn't working but I like this dish especially after Thanksgiving.
Any pasta & veggie combo is good, I add sliced cherry tomatoes in place of sauce & saute in olive oil. Sprinkle w/ parmesan cheese & it's a quick easy dinner. Great alongside meatball soup or chili beans too. A low cal version of Cincinnati chili. Report
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My favorite new ingredient that I use is plain greek yogurt. It gives it such a tangy taste then add carrots peppers and broccoli and even black olives. If I add meat it's chicken breast or Morning Star Crumbles. Thanks for the recipes. I believe I'm gong to have to try that squash mac n cheese. :) Report