Pasta Main Dishes
Edamame Pasta with Cherry Tomato Sauce
This is a very versatile dish that is great for veggie lovers, meat lovers, and those who avoid gluten.
Haunted Zucchini Pasta
Ghostly surprises await children brave enough to eat their vegetables!!! (MUAAAAAAAHHH!) This zucchini pesto dish will have them howling at the moon.
Chicken Pasta with Mirliton, Colorful Squash and Pecorino
Mirliton (chayote) is a great local Louisiana squash that when seasoned with other veggies and proteins absorbs great flavor. Mirliton is chock full of potassium and low in cholestrol and fat.
Creamy Fettucine with Arugula and Mushrooms
This light and low calorie cream sauce will rock your world. Add any other garden or fall veggies to the recipe to increase nutrition and flavor.
Louisiana Shrimp with Dill-Herb Orzo
Bring the taste of local shrimp to a light pasta dinner within 30 minutes or less.
Kid’s Curly Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Corn
Make it a fun task to cook with your kids. Let them wash the veggies, help you stir the ingredients together, serve the meal. Children pick up good eating habits at home first, so the more you involve kids in the process, the healthier foods will be easy to introduce to them and fun to eat.
Cucuzza, Tomato, and Pasta
Cucuzza is a large zuchini-like squash. If you find it (and you won’t miss it) it stands two-three feet tall and tastes wonderful sauteed with the ingredients of this recipe. Be sure to play this ditty Louis Prima wrote about his cucuzza bella.
Lamb and Eggplant Sauce with Pasta
Lamb and egpplant marry well in sauces. The rich flavor of lamb and all the seasonings in this dish are absorbed by the eggplant. Enjoy with a fresh salad or a side of steamed veggies.
Mint Pesto with Peas and Pasta
This is a great dish for kids and a quick meal for anyone looking for homecooking just under 30 minutes.
Scallops, Carrots, and Basil Pasta
A tasty simple dish that is quick to make without a heavy sauce or cream.
Asian Peanut and Sesame Chicken Salad
This is a great pasta salad for picky eaters and young children.
Veggie Yaka Mein
Here is a vegetarian friendly version of Yaka Mein. This dish is known for it’s wonderful blend of Southern and Chinese flavors. Try it without meat, or if you want to add a little protein try seitan, chunks of chicken, pork, or seafood.
Citrus Herb Risotto with Louisiana Shrimp
Shrimp has 1/3 less the calories than chicken and living in Louisiana, there is plenty of shrimp to prepare for healthy meals.
Vegan Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo
So creamy, so decadent and yet so delicious you won't miss the animal fat.
You can make this easy pasta dish with any low-fat ground meat, seitan (vegetarian meat substitue made with whey protein) or with only vegetables. Recipe adapted from the Mushroom Council.
Asparagus and Artichoke Pasta Salad
This veggi-tastic pasta salad is low in calories and sure to fill you up when served with a leafy salad or with your favorite lean protein. Recipe courtesy of CanolaInfo.
Louisiana Crawfish Pasta
By tossing Louisiana crawfish into your pasta dish you are adding protein that is less calories than chicken.
Tomato & Arugula Pasta
A leafy green salad and garlic bread is the perfect balance to this meal. This recipe is courtesy of California Tomato Commission.
Gnocchi with Vegetables and Edamame
A vegetarian friendly dish that will fill you up with delicious Fall vegetables! This recipe is made available through the Soyfoods Council.
Cajun Shrimp and Pepper Pasta
This dish is creamy, flavorful, and fun to make! The shrimp makes a great lean protein source, and it’s tossed with a whole-grain pasta and veggies.
Here’s a diabetes-friendly version of classic beef stroganoff. Save yourself prep time with this recipe by buying presliced mushrooms. From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking, 2nd Edition by Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, LDN, CDE, and Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough
Angel Hair Pasta with Fresh Roasted Marinara Sauce
Angel hair pasta cooks in 6 minutes and the vegetables roast unattended. This recipe gives you a 5 star meal in just 20 minutes.
Macaroni Bean Salad
A fun and tasty salad that uses 2 beans and a zesty dressing to go along with everyone's favorite shaped pasta.
This pasta entree features a fresh-tasting tomato and white bean sauce. Serve it with fresh steamed vegetables or a tossed salad.
Rosemary Bean Pasta
When it comes to making quick, weeknight dinners, this creative pasta recipe is hard to beat. Garlic, olive oil, two kinds of tomatoes, beans, and herbs all come together to make this dish utterly unforgettable.