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12 Plant-Based Pastas for Healthier Weeknight Dinners

Whether you're craving more protein, fewer carbs or tons of veggies, these pasta alternatives are both healthy and tasty.

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Banza Chickpea Pastavia merchant

Chickpea Pasta

Boasting twice the protein, three times the fiber and half the net carbs of traditional pasta, Banza chickpea pasta is a smart choice for hectic days. Not only is it hearty, but it cooks in under 10 minutes. Plus, Banza is available in all sorts of fun pasta shapes, like cavatappi, penne, rotini and more. (Banza sells pizza, too!)

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Barilla Veggie Pasta Spaghettvia merchant

Veggie Pasta

If you’re just dipping your toe into the world of plant-based pastas, give Barilla’s veggie pasta a try. This variety tastes very similar to the real deal, but it gets a nutritional boost from added spinach and zucchini.

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Green Giant Veggie Spirals via merchant

Butternut Squash Noodles

Skip sifting through a long list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients. These veggie spirals from Green Giant have just one ingredient: butternut squash. Each serving contains a mere 12 grams of carbs and 50 calories. For more veggie fun, Green Giant also offers zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash.

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Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti via merchant

Edamame Pasta

You know and love edamame as a sushi appetizer, but have you ever tried it in pasta form? These spaghetti strands from Explore Cuisine are low in carbs but rich in fiber, which will keep you feeling full.

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Organic Veggie Pasta Spaghetti Squash Evia merchant

Spaghetti Squash

When fresh squash is out of season, turn to Solely’s dried spaghetti squash. This 1-ingredient pasta is a great pantry staple. Enjoy it served with meat sauce, accompanied by apples, bacon and walnuts or baked in a casserole.

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Palmini Hearts Of Palm Pastavia merchant

Hearts of Palm Pasta

Yes, your favorite salad topping can turn into pasta. Just ask Palmini’s hearts of palm linguine. This canned replacement is low in calories and carbs, and has zero fat. Try it in a stir-fry with veggies and your favorite protein.

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Cassava Fussilivia merchant

Cassava Pasta

Grain-free pasta lovers, rejoice! This cassava fusilli from Jovial Foods tastes very close to the real deal—but without any gluten. Try it with red sauce or as part of a pasta salad.

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Gluten Free Linguine Cauliflower Pastavia merchant

Cauliflower Pasta

You can find pretty much anything made with cauliflower these days. (Have you tried cauliflower rice yet?) And pasta is no exception! Caulipower’s linguine is packed with the cruciferous veggie for a nutritious dinner option. Plus, it cooks in three minutes!

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Sea Tangle Kelp Noodlesvia merchant

Kelp Noodles

Traditional to Asian cuisine, Sea Tangle’s kelp noodles are cholesterol-free, low in sodium, gluten-free and low-calorie. They’re made with just three ingredients—kelp, water and sodium alginate—and are ready to absorb the flavor of your favorite sauce.

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Shirataki Noodlevia merchant

Shirataki Noodles

Craving Asian food? Thrive Market’s shirataki noodles are the way to go. Made from the plant-based fiber glucomannan, shirataki noodles are a great option for a healthy lo mein. Each serving has just 10 calories!

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Tolerant Organic Red Lentil Rotini Pastavia merchant

Lentil Pasta

Lentils are a great plant-based protein source, and this Tolerant rotini packs all the benefits of lentils into a familiar, easy-to-eat shape. Find it in both red lentil and green lentil varieties. Learn more about why you should love lentils.

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Organic Black Bean Spaghetti Pastavia merchant

Black Bean Pasta

The Only Bean’s black bean spaghetti is pretty much exactly what it sounds like—pasta made from black beans. There are no add-ins and no preservatives, just good ol’ fiber and protein. This pasta is a good source of iron, too.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.