Best under 500 calorie pasta recipes ideas

Try one of our 22 healthy pasta recipes for low calorie pasta. Whether you’re on the 5:2 diet (all of our recipes have less than 500 calories) or wanting to find low calorie midweek meals, we have plenty of healthy pasta dishes for you to try.

From low calorie linguine to super simple spaghetti with less fat, we have the best pasta ideas to make healthy meals with spaghetti, penne pasta, pasta shells and more…


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Turkey ragu

Like a healthier spaghetti bolognese, this low-calorie, low-fat and high-protein ragu comes packed with celery, courgette and carrots, plus a little Marmite for added flavour.

Turkey ragu

Healthy harissa spaghetti

Stir rose harissa through spaghetti and juicy cherry tomatoes for a high-fibre, low-calorie vegetarian dinner.

Harissa Spaghetti Recipe

Courgetti with pesto and balsamic tomatoes

Who needs pasta when you can have spiralized courgette? Try our easy ‘courgetti’ recipe, made with baby plum tomatoes, garlic, pesto, pine nuts and a lot of courgette noodles.

Courgetti Recipe with Pesto and Tomatoes

Low calorie lasagne

If you love a rich, creamy lasagne but are trying to watch your weight, this healthy, low calorie version will help those cravings. Using lean mince and packing it full of vegetables will help you feel full and fill you with vitamin B. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was the classic! 

Healthy Lasagne Recipe

Gazpacho sauce spaghetti

Ready in just 15 minutes this simple pasta recipe is tossed in a smooth yet fiery gazpacho sauce.

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Recipe with Gazpacho Sauce

Vegan mushroom bolognese

Check out this meat-free bolognese. This version of a family favourite uses mushrooms and plenty of veg, making it a low-fat healthy vegan friendly meal, everyone will love.

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Caponata spaghetti

Fancy a big-on-flavour, easy-on-the-waistband pasta dinner ready in under an hour? Us too! Try our Sicilian veggie caponata spaghetti with aubergines, capers and olives.

Penne alla norma

Check out this easy gluten free tomato pasta with aubergine topped with fresh basil. This simple recipe is veggie friendly and low in calories.

Wholewheat spaghetti recipe with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon

Using wholewheat spaghetti gives this dish a nutty flavour, and it’s full of fibre and vitamin C, too. Coming in at under 500 calories, it will still keep you feeling full all evening, perfect for a vegetarian healthy meal.

Wholewheat Vegan Spaghetti Recipe with Broccoli, Chilli and Lemon

Supergreen broccoli pasta bowl

Using only five ingredients, you’ll create a delicious bowl of fresh healthy pasta. It’s the perfect healthy meal – and if you make extra, will be a quick and easy lunch for the next day too.

Broccoli Pasta Recipe

Spicy prawn linguine

Looking for a healthy pasta recipe? Try our spicy prawn linguine for a midweek meal that is full of flavour. This quick and easy pasta recipe is a great low calorie dinner. 

Spicy Prawn Linguine Pasta Recipe

Linguine recipe with tuna, lemon and dill

Our linguine pasta recipe topped with tuna, lemon and dill is a healthy crowd pleaser loved by children and adults alike. Try making it for a hearty midweek meal.

Linguine Recipe with Tuna, Lemon and Dill

Healthy rigatoni with courgette, lemon and parmesan

Courgette takes centre stage in this low calorie pasta recipe that will go down well with vegetarians and meat eaters alike. It’ll boost your veg count, perfect for a healthy meal idea. 

Rigatoni Pasta Recipe with Courgette, Lemon and Parmesan

Italian meatballs recipe

Make the kids happy with this healthy, family friendly pasta dish. For under 500 calories, you’ll have meatballs that are full of flavour – perfect for a healthy meal. 

Italian spaghetti and meatballs

Pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms

For a quick and healthy midweek meal, try pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms. You only need six ingredients and a few minutes to rustle it up. A lighter healthy pasta idea. 

Pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms recipe

Prawn linguine with ‘nduja

Looking for healthy linguine recipe? Try our prawn linguine with ‘nduja – a spicy Italian sausage. The strong flavours come from the prawn and ‘nduja with the cherry tomatoes providing a sweet mellow base. It’s low in fat but full of flavour. 

Prawn Linguine Recipe with ’Nduja

Angel hair pasta with saffron, prosciutto and peas

This Italian inspired meal makes a great weeknight treat. It’s under 500 calories but full of creamy mascarpone and salty prosciutto. Try making this healthy meal idea for a dinner party dish, too.

Angel Hair Pasta Recipe with Saffron, Prosciutto and Peas

Linguine with smoky paprika prawns

Our hot and spicy seafood pasta is super quick and easy to make. At just under 500 calories per serving, it’s also a great low cal midweek meal idea.

Linguine Pasta Recipe with Smoky Paprika Prawns

Spring veg and lemon broth

Our healthy broth is under 300 calories but doesn’t compromise on flavour. Packed with leafy greens, leeks and basil, it’s a healthy meal idea for a winter night.

A bowl of Spring Vegetable Soup with Lemon served with a spoon in the bowl

Crab, tarragon and lemon linguine

Our recipe for crab, tarragon and lemon linguine is really simple to make, ready in 20 minutes, and comes in at under 500 calories – but is packed with delicious, fresh flavours too. A perfect midweek meal.

Crab Linguine Recipe With Tarragon and Lemon


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