These 30 irresistible, lighter, healthier spring pasta recipes are simple and perfect for when you’re craving carbs but don’t want to feel weighed down.

30 Healthy-er Pasta Recipes to Make Now | foodiecrush.com

Happy April!

We’re pretty happy to greet spring’s arrival, because that means fresh produce, flowers, and all things green—and the start of rosé season, of course.

So when the weather shifts from snowflakes falling to daffodils blooming, our food cravings shift as well, from heavy comfort foods to lighter fare. We’re big fans of pasta around here—it’s basically our spirit animal—and we crave it on the regular. But come spring, we find ourselves trading in the noodles cloaked in rich cream and meaty red sauces for lighter, simply-sauced dishes with fewer calories and big flavors.

These lighter pastas highlight seasonal veggies like asparagus, peas, and greens, and are seasoned with fresh herbs, garlic, and lemon, and you can throw many of them together in 30 minutes or less, making them totally weeknight-friendly.

And so without further ado, here are 30 lighter, easy, spring green pasta recipes to make in April!

 

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These pretty spring pastas will totally put some pep in your step, so go green or go home!

Linguini and Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com

April 1: Linguini and Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp

FoodieCrush

This perfectly garlicky, always delicious and popular seafood dish gets a healthy makeover with a mix of zucchini noodles and whole wheat linguini, and it’s also made with a lot less butter (your hips will thank you).

One-Pot Spring Pasta Salad with Dill + Lemony Vinaigrette from withfoodandlove.com on foodiecrush.com

April 2: One-Pot Spring Pasta with Dill + Lemony Vinaigrette

With Food + Love

Take what you know about macaroni salad and throw it out the window, because you’re going to want this dill and lemon-flavored pasta on repeat all spring and summer-long.

Fresh Homemade Pasta with Asparagus and Prosciutto from billyparisi.com on foodiecrush.com

April 3: Fresh Homemade Pasta with Asparagus and Prosciutto Ham

Billy Parisi

The recipe calls for from-scratch pasta and features a recipe, but let’s be real, who has time for that on a weeknight? The store-bought stuff does the trick and salty prosciutto, tender spears of asparagus, mushrooms, and creamy ricotta and burrata all work together to make this pasta next-level good.

Orecchiette with Garlicky Kale and Breadcrumbs from vanillaandbean.com on foodiecrush.com

April 4: Orecchiette with Garlicky Kale and Breadcrumbs

Vanilla and Bean

Garlicky toasted breadcrumbs give this vegetarian pasta a crunchy bite, and capers, lemon, and red pepper flakes make it sing with flavor.

Spring Pasta Carbonara from athoughtforfood.com on foodiecrush.com

April 5: Spring Pasta Carbonara

A Thought for Food

The only real way to improve upon carbonara is to give it a fresh spring makeover, with asparagus and peas.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Brussels Sprouts Pasta from yestoyolks.com on foodiecrush.com

April 6: Creamy Goat Cheese and Brussels Sprouts Pasta

Yes to Yolks

This creamy, 30-minute pasta is our new favorite way to eat brussels sprouts, and it’ll be yours too.

Lemon Arugula Pasta with Burrata from twopeasandtheirpod.com on foodiecrush.com

April 7: Lemon Arugula Pasta with Burrata

Two Peas and Their Pod

You just need 7 ingredients and 30 minutes to make this dreamy rigatoni with zesty lemon, peppery arugula, and gooey burrata.

Light Chicken Broccoli Alfredo from healthyseasonalrecipes.com on foodiecrush.com

April 8: Light Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Finally, an alfredo our appetites and health can agree on. This dish boasts just 300 calories per serving, but you’d never know it, thanks to some smart (and equally delicious) ingredient swaps.

One Pot Spring Pasta from showmetheyummy.com on foodiecrush.com

April 9: One Pot Spring Pasta

Show me the Yummy

A garlic and herb-flavored goat cheese gives these veggie-loaded pasta shells a wonderfully creamy sauce, and not only is everything made in one pot, it’s ready in under 30 minutes. As the Barefoot Contessa would say, how easy is that?

Very Green Spring Pasta from parsnipsandpastries.com on foodiecrush.com

April 10: Very Green Spring Pasta

Parsnips and Pastries

Asparagus, rainbow chard, zucchini, peas, and plenty of fresh herbs make up this spaghetti in a white wine and lemon parmesan sauce both light and hearty.

30-Minute Farfalle with Marinated Feta, Arugula and Toasted Pine Nuts from howsweeteats.com on foodiecrush.com

April 11: 30-Minute Farfalle with Marinated Feta, Arugula and Toasted Pine Nuts

How Sweet Eats

You don’t need a ton of ingredients to make a damn fine pasta, and this one is proof. Simply take some whole wheat farfalle, toss it with a garlicky, red wine and feta vinaigrette, a bunch of arugula, toasted pine nuts, and a bit more crumbled feta for good measure, and voila!

Spring Pasta Primavera with Lemon Ricotta from oursaltykitchen.com on foodiecrush.com

April 12: Spring Pasta Primavera with Lemon Ricotta

Our Salty Kitchen

This vegetarian pasta is packed with a host of fresh herbs, veggies, and dollops of zesty lemon-mint ricotta, and perfectly captures the essence of spring.

Light Lemon Garlic Pasta with Salmon from thecookingjar.com on foodiecrush.com

April 13: Light Lemon Garlic Pasta with Salmon

The Cooking Jar

There’s just something so perfect about the marriage of garlic, lemon, capers, and fresh basil, especially when rigatoni, flaky salmon, and parmesan are added to the mix. And pssst, this one only takes 30 minutes.

Linguini with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan from gimmesomeoven.com on foodiecrush.com

April 14: Linguini with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan

Gimme Some Oven

This no-frills pasta is so easy, you could practically make it in your sleep! With just 5 ingredients (olive oil or butter, linguini, garlic, arugula, and parmesan, it’s full of flavor, inexpensive, and ready in under 30 minutes. But, if you really wanna gild the lily, you probably won’t regret adding toasted pine nuts.

Chicken Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna from littlebroken.com on foodiecrush.com

April 15: Chicken Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna

Little Broken

This white lasagna is a refreshing respite from its beefy red sauce counterpart. Filled with a milk-based parmesan sauce, chicken, mushrooms, and spinach, and no boil noodles (hallelujah), it totally hits the spot.

Spring Gnocchi w/Mustardy Arugula Pesto from wellandfull.com on foodiecrush.com

April 16: Spring Gnocchi w/Mustardy Arugula Pesto

Well and Full

Tender little pillows of gnocchi are cloaked in a zippy, mustardy arugula pesto and served with crisp snow peas or snap peas and fresh chives in this gloriously green dish.

Chicken Florentine Pasta from natashaskitchen.com on foodiecrush.com

April 17: Chicken Florentine Pasta

Natasha’s Kitchen

Popeye would love this super creamy 30-minute linguini studded with chicken, green onions, mushrooms, and plenty of spinach!

Spring Onion-Chive Pesto Pasta with Shrimp from brooklynsupper.com on foodiecrush.com

April 18: Spring Onion-Chive Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Brooklyn Supper

Pesto gets a pretty spring makeover with peptitas, chives, parsley, and spring onions, and makes a creamy base for this easy weeknight pasta with shrimp.

Jade Noodles from feastingathome.com on foodiecrush.com

April 19: Jade Noodles

Feasting at Home

This gorgeous bowl of vibrant is fit for a green goddess, and features an abundance of  emerald veggies, tofu, and soba noodles, all tossed in a tangy ginger-sesame dressing.

One-Pot Skinny Pasta Primavera from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com

April 20: One-Pot Skinny Pasta Primavera

FoodieCrush

This one pot primavera might as well be spring’s food mascot. It’s chock-full of fresh, seasonal veggies and herbs, and is made healthier with almond milk subbing in for the cream and butter. Full of amazing flavor, thanks to garlic, parmesan, lemon, thyme, and dill, it’s a creamy, dreamy pasta win!

Creamy Cauliflower Shells and Cheese from thebakerchick.com on foodiecrush.com

April 21: Creamy Cauliflower Shells and Cheese

The Baker Chick

This healthier take on mac and cheese is one you can feel good about. Perfectly creamy and cozy, but made with a whole head of cauliflower (and a lot less butter), this is the perfect way to get your mac and cheese fix without the guilt. Plus, the toasted Panko topping gives it a nice crispy crunch that totally seals the deal.

Avocado Pasta with Asparagus and Peas from wellplated.com on foodiecrush.com

April 22: Avocado Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

Well Plated

Avocado and Greek yogurt make a light and creamy sauce for this whole wheat orecchiette with lemon, basil, green onions, arugula, asparagus, and peas.

Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta from lexiscleankitchen.com on foodiecrush.com

April 23: Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

This gluten-free, crowd-pleasing pasta with chicken sausage, spinach, broccoli, and asparagus is teeming with delicious flavors and comes together in one pot, and in just 30 minutes.

Herb & Garlic Mushroom Pasta from loveandlemons.com on foodiecrush.com

April 24: Herb & Garlic Mushroom Pasta

Love & Lemons

Cremini mushrooms sautéed in white wine and garlic are the star of this 5-step pasta, which features a healthy but decadent-tasting dijon-cashew cream sauce. It looks like something you’d get at a fancy Italian restaurant, yet it can be tossed together in no time!

Lemon Artichoke and Asparagus Pasta from lecremedelacrumb.com on foodiecrush.com

April 25: Lemon Artichoke & Asparagus Pasta

Creme De La Crumb

20 minutes is all you need to make this simple bowtie pasta with artichokes and asparagus in a creamy lemon sauce.

Simple Vegan Spring Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad from thefullhelping.com on foodiecrush.com

April 26: Simple Vegan Spring Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad

The Full Helping

Not only does this vegan pasta deliver mega flavor, it’s awesome for a hit potluck dish, or a light and healthy weeknight supper. It’s loaded with Mediterranean ingredients like marinated artichoke hearts, olive oil, and lemon, and also features orzo, asparagus, peas, chickpeas, and fresh parsley and dill.

Roasted Cauliflower, Snap Pea, and Avocado Pasta with a Walnut Basil Pesto from flourishingfoodie.com on foodiecrush.com

April 27: Roasted Cauliflower, Snap Pea, and Avocado Pasta with a Walnut Basil Pesto

Flourishing Foodie

Spaghetti is tossed with an easy, homemade walnut basil pesto and topped with florets of caramelized cauliflower, fresh snap peas, and avocado, for a winning combination that won’t weigh you down.

Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli from skinnytaste.com on foodiecrush.com

April 28: Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli

Skinnytaste

Lean chicken sausage, broccoli, orecchiette, plenty of garlic, and pecorino come together for an easy and flavorful weeknight dinner you can throw together in no time.

Spring Pea, Fresh Herb & Asparagus Farfalle Pasta from waitingonmartha.com on foodiecrush.com

April 29: Spring Pea, Fresh Herb & Asparagus Farfalle Pasta

Waiting on Martha

This incredibly light and easy to make pasta features grilled asparagus, peas, and a bundle of fresh herbs, and is a great way to celebrate the greens of spring!

Roasted Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Fettuccine with Goat Cheese from howsweeteats.com on foodiecrush.com

April 30: Roasted Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Fettuccine

How Sweet Eats

With roasted spring veggies, ribbons of fettuccine, and a light, but creamy goat cheese sauce, how could you say no to this bright bowl of goodness?

For more healthy cooking inspiration, check out some of these other posts from our 31 Days Series:

31 Days of Healthy Comfort Food Recipes to Make Now

31 Healthy Lunches to Make Now

28 Days of Lighter Pasta Recipes to Make Now

30 Days of Healthier Salads to Make Now

31 Healthy Shrimp  Recipes to Make Now

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