Meal Makeovers: 8 Veggie Noodle Recipes That Make Pasta the Healthiest Comfort-Food Dish

Going for seconds has never felt so good.

As fall saunters in, and the heat begins to wane, a warm batch of pasta becomes an every night craving. Dinner doesn’t get much easier than boiling a pot of water, dumping in a box of store-bought penne, and mixing in a hearty serving of vodka sauce. Although we are strong believers in the Mediterranean diet, we recognize that eating spaghetti every night—even the whole wheat variety—could result in some considerable weight gain, especially with our portion-size struggles.

The solution to filling cravings for our favorite comfort-food dish without packing on the pounds all winter? Spiralizers. While you can use a veggie peeler and do the dirty work by hand, these tools are a worthwhile investment, basically doing all the grunt work for you. All you have to do is crank the little machine a couple times, and bam, you’ll have a plate full of noodles ready to cook. And these “zoodlers” aren’t just great for making a pasta-substitute—you can also use them to make fries, salads, and savory pancakes.

But tonight, we’re craving Italian. Here are eight recipes that will make you feel good about going back for seconds.

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Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto

We’re adding pasta to our growing list of things that taste better with avocado. The natural creaminess of this omega-3 packed food softens the zucchini noodles, and makes the dish a filling, feel-good treat.

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Beet Noodles with Tomatoes, Feta and Bacon

These beet noodles are gorgeous, and a fresh complement to any sauce you throw on top. With only seven ingredients, this spiralizer recipe is the perfect dish to savor during busy work nights.

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Sweet Potato Fettuccini in Gorgonzola Sauce

Use one of your spiralizer’s thicker settings to achieve these hearty, satisfying noodles. The sweetness of the yams brings a complex, unique flavor to this simple dish.

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Romantic Cacio e Pepe

Whip up this spin on your go-to Italian favorite … and it doesn’t even have to count as your “cheat” meal. This earthy dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, whether you’re just serving your family, or hosting a dinner party.

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Sesame Sweet Potato Noodles

If it’s Asian-Style noodles that you crave, this dish is the ticket. Grab a pair of chopsticks and dig in to satisfy your craving without the grease.

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Roasted Garlic Parmesan Carrot Noodles

If you just can’t decide which vegetable to spiralize, try combining multiple zoodled veggies with two cloves of garlic and some fresh parmesan for a satisfying, colorful and oh-so-simple meal.

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Lemon-Parmesan Zucchini Pasta with Roasted Artichokes

Lemon with artichokes is a flawless combination. Add a little parm on top, and you’ll be in pasta heaven. Don’t be afraid to pick up a fresh baguette to accompany this meal—with low-calorie zucchini as your base, you’ve got some room to spare.

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Sweet Potato Carbonara with Kale

It wouldn’t be a trendy pasta dish without a generous serving of kale. But what better way to eat your greens then along with some bacon, sweet potato, and cheese?

 

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