5 easy ways to cook healthier pasta

When I first met my Italian boyfriend, he claimed to eat pasta almost every single day. Can you imagine? At the time, I wasn’t even eating it once a month. I considered it an empty calorie that I only enjoyed when it was extra special and freshly made by hand. Pasta in a box seemed so boring.

I was so wrong. Pasta is a very different story when produced with as much care and respect as it is in Italy. My entire relationship with pasta has been turned upside down since I moved here. Pasta is no longer a rare indulgence, but a healthy and reliable staple that I enjoy almost every single day. For real. Good pasta in a box is anything but boring.

If you want to know why dry pasta is healthy, check out my blog posts on the topic here and here. Otherwise, here are five easy ways to make your pasta healthier.

  1. Choose a dry pasta made from 100% durum wheat semolina that comes in a fun shape.
  2. Top your pasta with fiber-rich vegetables and use heart-healthy olive oil.
  3. Add beans and legumes as they are low in calories and high in protein and fiber.
  4. Skip the jarred pasta sauces as they often contain unnecessary sugars, preservatives, and calories.
  5. Cook your pasta only until it is al dente which means to the tooth in Italian and refers to pasta that is still firm when chewed.

What about you? How often do you eat pasta?

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