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15 Cozy Pasta Recipes Perfect for Weight Loss This Fall



Do you find it harder to stick to your health and weight loss goals once the fall and winter seasons hit? If you do, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, it’s proven that we get hungrier and have more intense cravings this time of year. That combined with fewer opportunities to exercise or go outside can lead to unwanted extra pounds. (Related: 20 Reasons You Tend To Gain More Weight in the Winter.)

It can be difficult finding comforting, cozy meals for the fall that are also healthy and won’t derail our health goals, which is exactly why we created this roundup of healthy pasta recipes for weight loss.

Continue reading to find your new favorite dinner dish, and for more healthy recipes, make sure to check out 23 Cozy Crock-Pot Recipes Perfect For Weight Loss This Fall.

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This is a classic spaghetti recipe, with a twist! The red pepper flakes and bacon add delicious flavor and a bit of spice, and it’s only 370 calories per serving.

Get our recipe for spaghetti with spicy tomato sauce

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Healthy red pepper alfredo
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Usually Alfredo comes loaded with heavy cream and calories, but this recipe only uses a little bit of butter, flour, and milk. The red bell peppers and garlic add a ton of natural flavors for a cozy and healthy pasta dish.

Get our recipe for Fettuccini Alfredo

Healthy baked ziti
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

You don’t have to sacrifice your health goals in order to enjoy a comfort meal. This comforting baked ziti is healthier than other ziti recipes but still has all the flavor. You can also use whole wheat pasta for some added health benefits.

Get our recipe for baked ziti

Healthy sesame noodles with chicken
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These noodles combine the delicious flavors of sesame oil, low-sodium soy sauce, peanut butter, and Sriracha for a cozy and healthy Asian-inspired dinner.

Get our recipe for sesame noodles

Pasta bolognese recipe on fork
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This healthy bolognese sauce is perfect for any type of pasta, so grab your favorite noodles and get to cookin’!

Get our recipe for this Bolognese

gluten-free dairy-free lasagna
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Lasagna is layered with ingredients, but it doesn’t have to always be layered with calories, too. This recipe is a healthier spin on the classic dish and is incredibly quick and easy to put together.

Get our recipe for lasagna

Vegetarian butternut ravioli with sage and brown butter
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Nothing says fall quite like butternut squash, and this ravioli recipe utilizes it in the perfect, healthy way. You’ll also enjoy even more fall flavors with added nutmeg and sage leaves for garnish.

Get our recipe for butternut squash ravioli 

Healthy gnocchi with peas and prosciutto
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This recipe is for those nights when you’re in a hurry but still want to enjoy a warm, cozy fall meal. You can use any type of gnocchi for this dish, so it can fit all of your dietary needs.

Get our recipe for gnocchi

one skillet taco pasta with spoon, cotija cheese, and sliced avocado
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

The same beloved ingredients from your favorite tacos, just without the tortillas! You can also make it your own by adding your favorite toppings such as avocado, cheese, or lime.

Get our recipe for taco pasta

Courtesy of Sweet Phi

Mediterranean food is some of the healthiest food out there-it not only can help with weight loss, but can help your brain health as well.

Get the recipe from Well Plated by Erin

Courtesy of Sweet Phi

This pasta recipe is delicious for a quick dinner, but is also perfect for meal prepping your lunches throughout the week.

Get the recipe from Sweet Phi

Courtesy of Cooking Classy

This pasta primavera recipe is healthy and packed full of fresh veggies, so you’ll be able to enjoy a cozy night in while adding health ingredients to your body at the same time.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy

Courtesy of RecipeTin Eats

If you’re looking for a yummy, healthy dinner recipe with the least amount of dishes to do at the end of the night, this one’s for you! This dish is fully vegetarian, but you can add your favorite meat for a protein boost if you prefer.

Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats

Courtesy of Well Plated by Erin

This recipe is great for shrimp lovers who want to avoid a calorie-dense dish like shrimp scampi. This recipe uses garlic, fresh veggies, and a bit of white wine for a blend of bold flavors.

Get the recipe from Well Plated by Erin

A “no-guilt” fettuccini Alfredo is hard to come by, but this one is a winner. It uses a blend of hummus, butter, and parmesan to create a lower-calorie Alfredo sauce without compromising any of the flavors.

Get the recipe from Half-Baked Harvest

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