Healthy pasta recipes to satisfy your carb cravings

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If you’ve ever had to refuse a bowl of lip-smacking pasta due to the carb count, we’ve felt your pain and found this list of delicious guilt-free recipes to satisfy your taste buds. 

3 Healthy pasta recipes to enjoy without the guilt:

1. Beetroot spaghetti with olives, capers and burrata


Fresh pasta

Approx. 300g beetroot pasta sauce:

  • 100 g pitted green olives 

  • 100 g pitted black olives (not dyed) 

  • 80 g capers in brine, rinsed under water 

  • 3–4 tbsp olive oil 

  • 1⁄2 garlic clove, finely chopped 

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, stemmed and finely sliced 

  • 1 chilli pepper, finely chopped 

  • 1 sprig of thyme, stripped and chopped 

  • 1 sprig of oregano, chopped 

  • 150 g burrata cheese, drained



Halve or quarter the olives (you can also chop them into small pieces) and mix them with the capers.

Heat the oil and fry the garlic in it.

Add the olives and capers and cook for three minutes.

Next, add the tomatoes and chilli pepper and bring the sauce to the boil.

Season the sauce to taste with sea salt and pepper and add the chopped herbs.

Add the pasta to the sauce, tear the burrata to pieces and sprinkle over the beetroot pasta.


2. Fettuccine with salsiccia, garlic and chilli oil


Fresh pasta

Approx. 300g Fettuccine



• 3-4 salsiccia sausages, sliced

• 1⁄2clove of garlic, crushed

• 200g courgettes, chopped

• Juice of one lemon, lemon zest



Fry the chopped salsiccia in a pan on medium heat. Don’t add any additional oil as you can use the fat of the sausage to cook it.

Add the garlic and sweat this in the pan. Now add the courgettes and heat them up.

Add lemon juice to the sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Mix in lemon zest to taste.

Finally, sprinkle with the chopped oregano.


3. Tricolore penne picnic salad


Fresh pasta

~600g multicoloured penne


For the salad:

  • 250 g green beans, blanched 

  • 200 g asparagus, blanched 

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped 

  • 250 g cherry tomatoes, halved 

  • Fresh basil / fresh parsley, chopped 

  •  Juice of 1⁄2 lemon

• 4tbsp olive oil

• 1tsp honey

• Ground black pepper, to taste 



Walnuts or other nuts, roasted 

• 75g goat cheese, crumbled



Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and cook the penne in 10-12 minutes.

Drain and wash cold. Drain well.

Prepare the dressing in a large salad bowl.

Add all the salad ingredients and the pasta and toss together.

Top with nuts and cheese.

Eat right away.


How to make your own healthy pasta using a pasta maker:

Carrot pasta/noodles

Flour 200 g semolina, 50 g all-purpose or preferred gluten-free flour

Fluid 95 g: (1 egg +) carrot juice

Beet pasta/noodles

Flour 200 g semolina, 50 g all-purpose or preferred gluten-free flour

Fluid 95 g: (1 egg +) beet juice

Spinach pasta/noodles

Flour 200 g semolina, 50 g all-purpose or preferred gluten-free flour

Fluid 95 g: (1 egg +) spinach juice

Recipes supplied from the Philips Avance Pasta Maker recipe book.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the winner – Manish Harilal. 

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