Pasta Dishes for Runners

Try These Healthy Recipes for Carbo-loading Meals

Pasta is usually a staple of a long-distance runner's diet, so it's easy to get bored with the same old pasta recipes. Try some of these healthy and delicious pasta dishes on your carbo-loading days. They feature simple ingredients and are easy to prepare, so you can eat quickly when the post-run hungries hit.

Macaroni and Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, but if you use regular cheese, butter, and whole milk, it adds up to a lot of fat and calories. This low-fat version of macaroni and cheese gives you all the flavor without the guilt.

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Mediterranean Spinach and Pasta

This healthy and hearty vegetarian pasta dish contains spinach and beans, so it's packed with nutrients.

Spinach and Ricotta Pasta

This easy, creamy, low-fat pasta dish uses low-fat ricotta cheese, fresh spinach and basil, and your favorite pasta.

Low-Fat Vegetable Lasagna

This meatless, low-fat lasagna is full of vegetables, making it a healthy and nutritious pre-long run meal. It's easy to prepare this dish ahead of time and then pop it in the oven for 30 minutes when you're ready to eat.

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

This nutritious lunch or dinner recipe combines chicken and noodles with a spicy peanut butter sauce that's both heart-healthy and delicious.

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

This garlicky chicken and asparagus sauce is tossed with hot penne to make a tasty and satisfying dinner.

Lemon Salmon Pasta

Salmon is an excellent protein source, and it's a great food for runners . This healthy and delicious recipe combining salmon and pasta is simple and easy to make.

Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti

If you're a fan of spaghetti and meatballs, try this low-fat version, which uses 99% fat-free ground turkey instead of beef.

Cheesy Crockpot Tortellini

I love making crockpot meals in the fall and winter. This delicious Italian meal is made in your crockpot and uses only five ingredients.

Angel Hair Pasta Primavera

This healthy main dish is easy and quick, so it's a great weeknight meal. With lots of veggies and a soy-based sauce, this vegetarian and vegan recipe is also very low in fat.

Low-fat Fettuccine Alfredo

Traditional fettuccine Alfredo is usually is heavy in calories and fat, but this low-fat version is still very creamy and tasty. It also includes vegetables to make it even more nutritious and satisfying.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is a favorite night-before-race meal for runners because it's an easy way to get both the carbs and protein they need. This version uses extra-lean ground beef, so it's much lower in fat (but still delicious).

Sun-dried Tomato and Walnut Penne Pasta

If you're a vegetarian and you love sun-dried tomatoes, you'll love this rich and tasty penne dish.  The preparation and ingredients are simple, making it an easy weeknight meal.

Farfalle with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

Perfect for summer, this dish uses farfalle (bow tie) pasta asparagus and sweet red cherry tomatoes. Pair it with some bread or a salad and you've got an easy meal.

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