This Low Calorie Pasta is just 161 calories per serving, and they are big servings too! I like to make this skinny pasta recipe with my favorite low calorie pasta brand, but I have supplied protein pasta options below for those who are more concerned with carbs than calories. Plus there are protein add-ins, meal prep directions, and more below.
Everything You’ll Need
- 1 box Fiber Gourmet Pasta (more options below!)
- 2 cups Homemade Marinara Sauce
- 1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
- 4 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)
- Protein Boosts and Veggie Add-Ins Below
Low Calorie High Protein Pasta Casserole
Low Calorie Pasta Protein Boosts and Ingredient Swaps
- Protein Pasta – If you are more carb conscience than calorie conscience, Banza Protein Pasta is a better choice for you. It’s made with chickpeas and is packed with plant based protein.
- Add Protein – I like to make my low calorie meatballs or Italian turkey sausage in the homemade marinara sauce (just add in and the sauce does all the cooking!) then I chop them up and add to the pasta dish below to boost protein. You can also add in diced chicken if you have some cooked and ready. It gives this recipe a chicken parm flavor.
- Add Veggies – the sauce is homemade and veggie packed. But you could easily add more veggies! I recommend adding zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes or mushrooms. Just dice them up and add to the pasta with the first cup of marinara sauce. Then bake in the dish for a veggie packed pasta.
- Gluten-Free Swap – use your favorite gluten-free pasta, or Banza Chickpea Protein Pasta.
- Vegan Swap – the pasta and sauce are already vegan, just choose vegan cheese shreds for the topping.
Low Calorie Pasta Meal Prep and Storage
- Individual Portions– Cook the recipe as directed, let cool completely, and cut into 4 portions. Scoop into meal prep containers and cover. Refrigerate for 4-5 days or freeze for 1 month. To reheat, microwave 2 minutes from defrosted, or 4-5 minutes from frozen. Or bake (defrost first) at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Family Portion– Assemble the pasta, sauce and cheese as directed, but do not bake. Cool completely, then cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer (I also like to put in a 2 gallon freezer bag to freeze) for a month. Defrost (if needed) and bake according to the directions.
- Leftovers– Scoop into individual meal prep containers, freeze for up to a month or refrigerate for 4-5 days. To reheat, microwave 2 minutes from defrosted, or 4-5 minutes from frozen. Or bake (defrost first) at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Low Calorie High Protein Pasta Casserole Recipe
More Healthy Pasta Recipes:
Low Calorie Pasta (161 Calories)
- 9×9 baking dish
- Large pot
- Pasta strainer
- Cook the pasta according to the directions o the box.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Drain the pasta and add back to the pot along with 1 cup of marinara sauce.
- Toss the pasta in the marinara sauce until well coated.
- Scoop into a 9×9 baking dish. Top with remaining marinara sauce, and then sprinkle over the cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Top with chopped parsley.
- Scoop and serve, each serving is 1 cup.
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Nutrition and Calories in Pasta
The nutrition and calories below is based off 1 serving (1 cup) of the recipe shown above. I made it with Fiber Gourmet Pasta, and with homemade marinara. If you use a different pasta or store-bought marinara it will change the calories and nutrition below.
Low Sodium Tips: When you make the marinara sauce, omit the salt from it. Also, if you can find low sodium mozzarella cheese, get that instead.