Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just eat a bit healthier, using a Weight Watchers pasta recipe is a great way to get your pasta fix but still cut some calories. So many of us are also staying home and eating in more often right now, so these recipes are great for helping us watch that waistline or just try to be a bit more health-minded going into the new year. What’s great about some of these recipes is they can be made in a crock pot or instant pot or the stove, giving you plenty of options to cook healthy meals at home, but save time when we can.
Here’s a list of our top favorite Weight Watchers Pasta Recipes.
1. Weight Watchers Tuscan Chicken Pasta
We all love creamy dishes for their comforting richness. But for those that are trying to be mindful of the amount of fat in cream sauces, this recipe blends fat-free cottage cheese and fat-free greek yogurt to yield a low fat / high protein heavy cream. The sun-dried tomatoes add a nice pop of flavor, but if you don’t have those readily available or you don’t care for them, fresh cherry tomatoes can be halved and used in their place.
For additional protein, this recipe calls for whole wheat pasta, spinach, and chicken. We suggest cutting your chicken uniformly into 1 inch cubes or ½ inch slices which will help the chicken cook evenly. If you are really tight on time, shredded pre-cooked chicken could also work.
This recipe can be done with a crock pot or stove. But if you are looking for the most hands-off / time-effective method, the instant pot is the best route for this recipe. You can pretty much saute all of the ingredients and then walk away while the instant pot does its magic. Whichever method you go with, this yummy and rich dish is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Get the full recipe and directions from My Crazy Good Life
2. Weight Watchers Italian Sausage and Pepper Pasta
Having a meal with sausage always feels indulgent, but you don’t have to give it up to be health-conscious. This recipe melds turkey sausage, whole wheat pasta, and lots of veggies, for a lower calorie version.
The flavor from the turkey sausage, garlic, yellow peppers and onions go together so well and are perfectly paired with pasta, but could also be served over rice or zucchini spirals. The recommendation is to use fire roasted tomatoes which add a great smokiness to the dish, but if you have regular, those will work too. Yellow peppers are great, but if you can’t find them red or orange are equally tasty. You could also use green, but it tends to have a stronger flavor and the other colors are more mild.
And lastly, if you are hesitant to use wine for cooking in this dish, any type of stock (particularly chicken) would work as a replacement. Enjoy this yummy sauce with the recommended whole wheat pasta for even more protein.
Get the full recipe and directions from Key Ingredient
3. Weight Watchers BLT Pasta Salad
Finding a great dish to bring to a party while watching your calories isn’t always easy, but who doesn’t love BLTs? This pasta salad that incorporates the elements of a traditional BLT (Bacon Lettuce and Tomato) makes for a party-worthy dish that is also easy to pull together.
You have all the elements of a traditional BLT plus macaroni, that come together for a cool pasta salad. The dressing comes together using fat-free mayonnaise, light sour cream, and dijon mustard. The bits of bacon add a great salty flavor, and the tomatoes give it a nice pop of acidity. The thinly sliced lettuce add just the right crunch to the pasta and makes this a sure crowd-pleaser. It really is a great spin on a classic BLT salad.
Get the full recipe and directions from Food.com
4. Weight Watchers Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic Sauce
Up next is a great vegetarian option. This is a simple recipe with a few ingredients that are typically staples in most pantries. The flavor for most of this comes from the garlic and parsley that you cook together to start the pasta. From there, you just simply add the cooked pasta to the same pan you cooked the garlic and parsley in, add some parmesan and pepper, and mix it all together.
We recommend adding a splash of the salted pasta water as this recipe is a bit on the drier side. This is a wonderful base if you wanted to add some vegetables or even a lean protein. A squeeze of lemon works really well to brighten up the flavor dimension.
Get the full recipe and directions from Nesting Lane
5. Weight Watchers Chicken Ranch Pasta
This recipe is quick as it uses rotisserie chicken so you can skip the preparation of cooking of the chicken to make this much faster and easier to prepare. It uses ranch seasoning, flour, and milk, to create a creamy and flavorful sauce. The sauce can be a bit thick for some so if you prefer a thinner sauce, you can add more milk to thin it out a bit more. The bacon bits add a crunch and a salty kick to the pasta and the cheese, well, it makes everything feel decadent.
Get the full recipe and directions from Recipe Diaries
6. Weight Watchers Chicken and Spinach Pasta Alfredo
Alfredo sauce is definitely not the first thing you think of when trying to be healthier, but here we do have a healthier version! Skim milk, light cream cheese and a bit of butter and cheese make this wonderful creamy alfredo sauce perfect for any pasta! The recipe recommends a high protein pasta which has fewer points than others do.
You will also need to make a ‘roux‘ with flour and butter. This mixed with the parmesan, light cream cheese, and milk, makes such a creamy sauce that you won’t miss the full-fat cream!
The addition of spinach adds great vitamins, fiber, and color, giving this recipe a great presentation.
Get the full recipe and directions from Meal Planning Mommies
7. Weight Watchers Taco Pasta
Tacos and pasta, what a combination! This recipe uses lean 96% beef and non-fat cheddar cheese to reduce the point count as well as calories. The salsa adds a ton of flavor as well as adds great vitamins from the tomatoes and onions. Once you combine the taco seasoned meat and salsa into the pasta you have yourself a sauce. Topped with cheese, this is ready to go, but if you wanted to, you can add lettuce, green onions, tomatoes or onions. Instead of sour cream you can use plain fat free yogurt as a substitute.
Get the full recipe and directions from Recipe Diaries
We hope we have given you a nice variety of low points meals that can satisfy your family and become staples in your kitchen. Several of the recipes call for preparing chicken and cooking it, but you could always use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken instead to help cut down on time. We are sure that one or several of these will end up in your weekly rotation of meals as they are so good!
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