July 17, 2024

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15+ 30-Minute Pasta Recipes for Better Heart Health

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These delicious dishes make good use of versatile pasta–and they’re ready in 30 minutes or less.  Low in sodium and saturated fat, these recipes are full of wholesome ingredients that make them good options for people working on maintaining a healthy heart. With tasty choices like our Herbed Lemon Orzo or Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing, your pasta will be ready before you know it!

Chicken & Vegetable Penne with Parsley-Walnut Pesto

Store-bought pesto can be higher in sodium, so making your own can help you control your salt intake. Plus it’s easy to whip up while your pasta water is coming to a boil.

Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Give classic pasta salad a fresher, more flavorful spin. Avocado replaces some of the mayonnaise, and is mixed with whole-wheat elbow macaroni and fresh vegetables for a delicious pasta salad that you’ll be making all summer long.

Fresh Herb Shrimp Linguini

Fragrant rosemary and lots of garlic pack this simple shrimp pasta with plenty of flavor.

Springtime Cacio e Pepe

“Cacio e pepe” means “cheese and pepper” in Italian. This spaghetti dish, with fresh asparagus and baby arugula, is flavored with “cacio e pepe” and a little lemon zest.

Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Salmon

Wondering what to do with leftover salmon? Turn it into another weeknight-friendly dinner with this lemony garlic pasta.

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Using a packaged pesto sauce mix is a flavorful time saver in this shrimp pasta.

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

The rich mushroom sauce in this plant-based version of beef stroganoff gets thick and creamy thanks to vegan sour cream.

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

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This one-pan pasta combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a meal that’s garlicky, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top.

Pasta with Asparagus and Shrimp

Fat-free half-and-half makes this elegant pasta dish rich and creamy, which pairs nicely with the savory elements of the shrimp and asparagus.

Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal where eggs are the base of the creamy sauce.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Here we combine elements of Caesar salad, pasta salad and chicken salad for an easy meal that comes together fast.

Tarragon Chicken Linguine

This quick and easy dinner features chicken, broccoli and pasta all topped in a light sauce.

Penne with Tuna & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Need a quick dish that’s flavorful and colorful? This penne pasta dinner-for-two combines leeks, baby spinach, tuna and sun-dried tomatoes.

Basil-Lemon Shrimp Linguine

Fresh basil and lemon zest and juice pack this shrimp pasta with bright flavor.

Spicy Jalapeno-Shrimp Pasta

Fresh jalapenos give this shrimp pasta a kick of heat. Use as many or as few as you want!

Pasta with Ricotta & Summer Vegetables

Getting in your daily servings of vegetables is easy when you feature this veggie-loaded pasta recipe. It’s full of broccoli, asparagus, and tomatoes and a creamy ricotta-tomato sauce—you’ll be amazed that it takes only 25 minutes to prepare.

Inside-Out Lasagna

Here we take basic lasagna ingredients—ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes—and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying meal for the whole family. 

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