Pasta Is Fast and Cheap. Here’s How to Make It Healthy. — Tips from The Kitchn

When I was in Italy, living alone and on a student budget, pasta for dinner was basically my go-to. To be honest, now that I think back, I can’t really remember what I made for myself in the evening other than pasta. Given the great crusade against carbs, you’d think this splurge of sorts caused me to gain weight, feel sluggish, or confirm once and for all that pasta is basically evil.

But guess what? I felt as healthy as ever on my strict pasta diet — and my wallet felt pretty healthy too. Before you get too excited, I wasn’t feasting on fettuccine Alfredo. My pasta dinners were balanced meals that gave me the energy I needed as a busy student. It wasn’t hard — I promise.

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