14 Comforting and Lightened-Up Pasta Dishes

14 Comforting and Lightened-Up Pasta Dishes

While pasta certainly isn’t an everyday food| anyone looking for a little comfort during the colder months will find that these lightened-up pasta dishes hit the spot. You’ll be glad to know most of these options weigh in well under 400 calories per serving.

| Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

The unexpected addition of pureed squash to the classic dish may raise a few eyebrows| but the surprise ingredient only provides an extra layer of creamy comfort to this butternut squash mac and cheese.

| Broccoli Pesto Bake

Packed with vitamin C and potassium| this broccoli pesto bake takes an inventive spin on traditional pesto recipes. This is perfect for anyone who has a nut allergy.

| Vegetable Medley Pasta

Taste the healthy rainbow u2014 and clean out your crisper! u2014 with this vegetable medley pasta from POPSUGAR Food. In less than 30 minutes| you’ll have a perfect weeknight supper.

| Spicy Cauliflower Lasagna

Heavy layers of meat and cup upon cup of cheese go into classic lasagna| but this recipe for spicy cauliflower lasagna takes a guilt-free twist on tradition.

| Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

This fettuccine alfredo dramatically lightens the load by making wise (low-fat) dairy choices that don’t affect the flavor or texture and by skipping the butter altogether. And it’s fewer than 350 calories per serving!

| Low-Cal Spaghetti in White Wine Sauce

There’s no need to drench pasta in heavy cream| butter| and cheese to create a satisfying supper| and this vegan-friendly spaghetti recipe is proof. Fresh produce keeps this saucy recipe low in calories but rich in vitamins A and C.

| The Obamas’ Favorite Mac and Cheese

The first lady’s recipe for Sasha and Malia’s favorite mac and cheese is a creative and simple way to add cauliflower to your diet. You stir together the vegetable’s puree| milk| cheese| and pasta| and bake.

| Noodle Kugel

Traditional recipes for this sweet dish pile the cream| butter| and sugar on heavy u2014 but this lightened-up noodle kugel is an ideal alternative that offers the same nostalgic flavors.

| Penne Alla “”Not-Ka””

Penne alla vodka is an Italian staple that heavily lays on the cream and calories. Even without the booze and significantly less dairy thrown into the pot| this penne alla “”not-ka”” brings the same tangy flavor and comforting texture indicative of the original.

| Spaghetti Carbonara

If classic carbonara is your favorite dish| then creamy spaghetti carbonara offers the nostalgic flavor and texture you’re craving.

| Olivia Wilde’s Bomb-Diggity “”Bolognese””

A comforting bowl of spaghetti bolognese is often what’s needed after a long day (or any day| really). Loading down on beef| however| can leave you feeling heavy and tired. Solve this problem u2014 and cut back on calories| fat| and cholesterol u2014 with this recipe for vegan bolognese.

| Vegan Stuffed Shells

Instead of the traditional stuffed shells| whip up this vegan recipe for a lightened-up alternative that truly tastes like the real thing.

| Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo

Instead of milk| cheese| or cream to give this sauce its velvety texture| boiled cauliflower is combined with a handful of ingredients| resulting in a nutrient-rich alfredo alternative any pasta-lover will enjoy. One heaping cup of whole-grain fettuccine swimming in this creamy sauce is a crave-worthy meal that weighs in at just over 300 calories.

| Three-Cheese Chicken and Pasta Bake

When I’m craving something cheesy| nothing else will do| and this high-protein pasta bake is what my comfort-food dreams are made of. Three types of cheeses| yogurt| and chicken are tossed into the mix to make this a high-protein baked dinner everyone will adore.