Alert
Close

Top the Treasure Hunt leaderboard by 5 p.m. Friday to win a $100 gift card! Learn more

Highlights

Close

SEARCH RECIPES

Enter an ingredient, course or keyword and get cooking!

 

AARP Real Possibilities

 

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!
Car buying made easy with the AARP Auto Buying Program

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

most popular
articles

Viewed

3 Healthy Pasta Sauces

You won’t miss the extra fat and calories in these favorite dishes

If you’re thinking pasta isn’t part of a healthy diet, think again. The following pasta recipes are not only good, but also good for you! In two of the three sauces — light Alfredo and vodka — I substitute evaporated milk for heavy cream, making lo-cal versions of these rich popular classics.

See also: Take the healthy cooking trivia quiz.

Another healthy strategy is to add vegetables to the cooking pasta during the last few minutes. This is not only a great way to get in a serving or two of the five fruits and vegetables you need each day, but also a way to bulk up the pasta so you don't need as much.

Finally if you make these dishes with 100 percent whole grain pasta, you’ll be getting one of the five to six serving of the preferred whole grains you need each day. So if pasta has been off your list, add it back because:

Healthy Pasta Sauces+Vegetables+100% Whole Grain Pasta=A Healthy Diet!

Spaghetti with Spring Vegetables and No-Cook Avocado Sauce
Serves 4 to 6

This quick, no-cook pasta sauce is made with healthy avocado flavored with lemon juice, garlic and basil, and thinned with pasta cooking liquid. This quick sauce is a great source of potassium, vitamins C, K, folate and B6.

If you don’t have a food processor, just mince the garlic, mash the avocado, and mix the sauce by hand. You can also make this pasta sauce with one avocado. Just save and use more pasta liquid.

Salt
12 ounces spaghetti or linguini (whole grain or white, your choice)
4 medium carrots, coarsely grated
1 cup frozen peas
3 large garlic cloves
2 avocados halved and pitted
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup juice from a large lemon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil in a soup kettle. Using back-of-the-box times as a guide, add spaghetti and cook, partially covered and stirring frequently at first to prevent sticking, until just tender. Add carrots and peas to the boiling pasta the last few minutes of cooking. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta water, drain spaghetti and return it to the pot.

Meanwhile, mince garlic in a food processor. Add avocados and basil; process until smooth. Add lemon juice, olive oil and a sprinkling of salt; process until smooth.

Add sauce and enough pasta cooking liquid to the spaghetti to create a light, creamy sauce; toss to coat. Serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Next: Fettuccini and asparagus with light alfredo. »

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Pepperoni Pizza, Papa Johns Superbowl promotion for AARP members

Members receive 25% off regular price menu items at Papa John's

Outback Steak

Members save 15% Mon-Thurs & during weekend lunch at Outback Steakhouse.

McCormick and Schmicks (McCormick and Schmicks)

Members save 10% every day when dining at McCormick and Schmick's.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.