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10 Healthy Pasta Alternatives

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Go ahead, give in to your mac ‘n’ cheese or pad thai craving—sans guilt—with these clever, low-calorie noodle alternatives that taste like the real thing. 

Beetroot Ravioli

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The earthy taste and slightly crunchy texture of marinated beetroot in these filled noodles blends well with the creamy cashew cheese filling, which is very similar to cream cheese in density, with an added burst of flavor from the fresh herbs.

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Clean Vegan Pad Thai

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Zucchini soaks up the peanut sauce in this recipe without becoming soggy or mushy. You can swap the edamame for tofu, shrimp, chicken breast, turkey, or lean beef.

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Raw Butternut Squash Pasta with Orange Pomegranate Sauce

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Slightly bold and surprisingly moist and tender, raw butternut squash makes for a sweet yet healthy dinner.

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Skinny Mac 'n' Cheese

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Made from a type of yam, shirataki noodles have a satisfying chewy texture, yet are super low-calorie and low-carb. Be sure to round out this meal with a big salad or other veggies so you stay satisfied.

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Mexican Black Bean Spaghetti

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Black bean spaghetti (such as Explore Asia's Organic Black Bean Spaghetti) is a gluten-free version that's firmer than white pasta and goes great with Mexican flavors.

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Eggplant Manicotti

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Even people who don't normally like eggplant will dig into this dish, which tastes surprisingly close to the Italian classic.

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Chicken Carbonara

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Cabbage seems like a bland pasta base, but the thick coconut sauce here lends tons of flavor and makes them slurp-worthy satisfying.

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Zucchini and Heirloom Tomato Lasagna

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Raw and fresh, this lasagna features varying textures and flavors that will keep you coming back for more.

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