My new favorite easy healthy pasta recipe with a creamy avocado sauce… Yum!

Easy healthy pasta recipe

Everyone knows how to make pasta, but it’s not that easy to find an easy healthy pasta recipe you can still throw together quickly while being assured that you can enjoy a balanced vegan meal.

An easy healthy pasta recipe that goes easy on the pasta…

I love pasta, and I tend to make myself very large portions that are just loaded with carbs. Over time, I have switched from white pasta to multigrain or whole wheat pasta, which are both healthier, but even healthy pasta in large quantities is not good for you.

So I present the solution to large plates of pasta: zoodles!

Easy healthy pasta recipe: add zoodles!

Zoodles are zucchini noodles, made using an uncooked zucchini and a spiralizer. Every time I make myself pasta, I half the quantity of pasta and incorporate zoodles. I never found an entire plate of zoodles to be very satisfying, but when mixed with pasta, it makes for a winning combination.

Try it, it will change your relationship with pasta, especially if you felt guilty eating it. As a bonus, you also know you are getting an extra dose of veggies. Win win!

A spiralizer is an inexpensive kitchen item to purchase, as you don’t need a very fancy model to make yourself zoodles every now and then. I use a model similar to the black one below, and it does a great job!

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Why this easy healthy pasta recipe is filling, nutritious… and so darn tasty!

Ever been to a restaurant where the only vegan meal you could eat was pasta with tomato sauce? Did you feel satisfied after dinner? I think not. That’s because vegan balanced meals need to contain vegetables, grains and protein. Back when I was an omnivore, I would more often than not plan my meals around a piece of meat or fish. Grains and veggies were an afterthought (and sometimes I even completely forgot about including grains, and found myself hungry after a few hours).

As a vegan, I plan my meals differently. I make sure I get lots of vegetables, a portion of grains, and enough plant-based protein to feel full. The grains are easily covered in this pasta dish, but it’s the extra veggies and lentils that make it a balanced vegan meal.

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While I cannot take full credit for this recipe, as the creamy avocado sauce is from Oh She Glows!, I’m happy to share this easy healthy pasta recipe that┬ámakes for a balanced, healthy vegan dinner.

To make the creamy avocado sauce, follow the instructions for this 15-minute creamy avocado recipe.

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Easy healthy pasta recipe
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 8-10 min
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 portion creamy avocado sauce (from http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-minute-creamy-avocado-pasta/)
  • 1 box spaghetti (preferably multigrain or whole wheat)
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 can brown lentils (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 8-10 min
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 portion creamy avocado sauce (from http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-minute-creamy-avocado-pasta/)
  • 1 box spaghetti (preferably multigrain or whole wheat)
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 can brown lentils (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare the creamy avocado sauce. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, cook the pasta according to instructions.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, use a spiralizer to cut the zucchinis into long noodles.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water and return the pasta to the pot.
  5. Add the avocado sauce, zoodles, tomatoes and lentils to the pot and mix together. Add the nutritional yeast if using, and adjust seasoning (salt and pepper) to taste.
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