This low calorie pasta recipe is an absolute favorite of mine! I love serving it with broiled or grilled salmon. The flavors that go into this low calorie pasta may seem bizarre, but combined together they create a light and flavorful dish that will delight your taste buds and make your guests think that you’re quite the gourmet. At around 300 calories for a full serving, this dish makes a great low calorie lunch or dinner idea. Or, you may also choose to serve 1/2 cup with a piece of fish or lean meat for a great low calorie side dish! Make it as spicy or as mild with you want with this easy to follow recipe.
Your taste buds will never guess that this savory blend of spicy pepper flakes, lemon juice, parsley, garlic and olive oil is “diet food!” This healthy low calorie recipe brings a whole new level to gourmet diet food!
Yields: 2 servings (one cup @ 300 calories) or (four 1/2 cup servings @ 150 calories) This low calorie pasta is AWESOME reheated with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice drizzled on top.
- 2 cups of cooked whole wheat angel hair pasta
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- Dried red pepper flakes (1/2 tsp. hot or 1/4 tsp. medium or just a pinch for mild)
- freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste – 1 to 2 teaspoons)
- fresh parsley leaves ( to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- Cook angel hair pasta according to the package instructions. (Note – whole wheat angel hair pasta cooks faster than regular!)
- Drain pasta well and set aside.
- In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat.
- Add red pepper flakes and coat pan entirely.
- After about 15 seconds, add drained pasta.
- Begin to sauté.
- Add lemon juice and garlic powder.
- Keep sautéing until the pasta reaches your desired level of crispiness.
- At the end of cooking, add the fresh parsley leaves and toss a final time in the pan.
- Add salt to taste.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how the olive oil, garlic, lemon and spice combine to create a tantalizingly spicy and hearty pasta dish.
- Looking to save even more calories? Forgo sautéing and simply toss drained pasta with lemon juice, a bit of olive oil and other desired spices. (However- the crispiness and hot spice infused olive oil is to die for!)
- Have left-overs of this low calorie dinner recipe? The flavors are even more incredible once reheated! Simply re-heat on medium heat in a frying pan or heat up in the microwave with a bit of fresh olive oil and lemon juice drizzled on top.