Healthy Winter Pasta Ideas
By Sabrina Tibbetts • January 15, 2019
The New Year is all about fresh starts and resolutions, but I think everyone can say we’ve all had resolutions we didn’t follow through with. Eating better is always a New Year's goal that is a lot easier said than done. This year at Colavita we’re taking a new approach, instead of "dieting", we want to incorporate healthy eating as a lifestyle and make it effortless. For January, we are focusing on healthy pasta soups to keep us warm and satisfied and healthy pasta dishes that incorporate lots of vegetables. Here's what we like:
First up is a hearty Butternut Squash and Mushroom Miso Soup. Mushroom and miso is one of the best flavor pairings out there and it gives this soup a meaty profile, while the butternut squash adds a touch of sweetness to this savory dish. Drizzle Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil over cubed squash and roast at 425°F for the perfect texture. Our Colavita Small Shell Pasta is the best pasta shape for this soup. The little shells act as scoops for bits of veggies and broth. This hearty vegetarian soup is heart healthy and packed with good nutrients, fiber and protein.
NOTE: Place a scoop or two of pasta into a soup bowl. Ladle the broth and vegetables over the pasta, filling the bowl.
If you’re in need of something creamy and cheesy, this Cacio e Pepe Soup is the dish for you. Cacio e Pepe is an easy-to-make Roman dish and only calls for a few ingredients that you probably have hanging around your kitchen already. The star of the dish is our Colavita Tubettini pasta because it gives the soup the perfect texture and canvas for the cheese. Top with grated Parmegiano Reggiano, fresh parsley, and a little ground pepper and this dish is creamy and comforting.
NOTE: Heat 4 tbsp Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium-low heat and cook crushed garlic until golden. Make sure to use low sodium chicken broth because the cheese has a lot of salt!
Need a little spice in your life? This Spaghetti with Golden Beets and Thai Peanut Sauce will liven up your taste buds and get you through those January blues. This recipe calls for our classic Colavita Spaghetti along with spiralized beets and carrots to add extra color, texture, and nutritional value. Sauté garlic and Colavita chili peppers in Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make this meal fragrant and a little spicy.
NOTE: Squeeze one lime into a large bowl of water and add the spiralized vegetables. Let sit for five minutes (this will prevent browning).
Our last dish is Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Yogurt Cream Sauce. This creamy and zesty dish is hearty but maintains a fresh flavor with hints of chili pepper, lemon, and ground pepper. We’re using plain yogurt to give this dish its creamy texture, and pair it with Colavita Whole Wheat Spaghetti for whole grains. Sprinkle the pasta with Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh parsley and ta-da a deliciously fresh and health-conscious pasta dish!
NOTE: Add the zucchini noodles during the last two minutes of cooking to maintain the best texture!
We hope you try some of these delicious pasta recipes to kick start your healthy eating goals! Have a happy New Year, from your Colavita family.
Stay tuned to see what recipes we have next!
OVERALL SOUP PASTA TIP: Cook the pasta separately from the soup. This will allow you to cook it perfectly al-dente and add just the right amount of pasta to each serving. Also, if you are refrigerating or freezing your soup, it best to prepare fresh pasta. Pasta absorbs liquid like a sponge, so storing it in a vat of liquid never works well.
On the Butternut Squash and Musthroom Miso soup: Place a scoop or two of pasta into a soup bowl. Ladle the broth and vegetables over the pasta, filling the bowl.
On the Cacio e Pepe Soup: Heat 4 tbsp Colavita olive oil over medium-low heat and add cook crushed garlic until golden. Make sure to use low sodium chicken broth to make this cheesy soup a little healthier!
On the Spaghetti with Golden Beets and Thai Peanut Sauce: Squeeze one lime into a large bowl of water and add the spiralized vegetables. Let sit for five minutes (this will prevent browning).
On the Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Yogurt Cream Sauce: Add the zucchini noodles during the last two minutes of cooking to maintain the best texture!