Pasta Passport: 10 Healthy International Noodle Recipes

15-Minute Pasta Salad
Frances Janisch
Put a kid-friendly stamp on dinner with nutritious noodles from around the world with these recipes from Catherine McCord and other contributing chefs.
Tara Donne
Tara Donne

My kids live for pasta. Chloe, 2, and Kenya, 4, will devour any kind of noodle that's long and slurpable. While we do have typical spaghetti sometimes, I mix things up with noodles from different countries. In most cases, they have more fiber and other nutrients. And when the vitamins are about the same, I make sure the sauce I put on them is extra healthy. Give these recipes a whirl -- or should I say twirl?

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Summer Soba Noodles

Made from whole-grain buckwheat, soba noodles have half the calories (and carbs) of spaghetti. Our take on this fave combines cold noodles with a protein-rich peanut-butter sauce.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Stir-Fried Shrimp Over Rice Noodles

Brown-rice noodles can be great for kids on a gluten-free diet or picky eaters who don't like the dense texture of whole-wheat pasta.

Discover simple stir-frying tricks to make the most of this healthy, fast, and easy weeknight dinner favorite -- whether you have a wok or not.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Curry Cellophane Noodles

Made from mung bean starch, these soft, slippery noodles are fun to eat and low in fat and cholesterol.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Fettuccine Bolognese

The sauce is packed with vitamin A (from the hidden carrots), vitamin C (courtesy of the tomatoes), and protein (thanks to the turkey).

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Baked Vermicelli

Mexican pasta? Who knew that our Southern neighbors use vermicelli (thin noodles they call fideo) in popular dishes

Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Rice Noodle Salad

This vitamin C-rich dish comes together in just one pot. How convenient is that?

Tina Rupp
Tina Rupp

Chicken Cacciatore with Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

This traditional, hearty Italian dish tastes just as delicious over fiber-rich, whole-grain pasta. Most kids won't even notice the difference.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Toddler Pasta

Use dot-shaped pastina (it even comes in a whole-grain version), and you won't have to cut up noodles for the littlest pasta fans.

Frances Janisch
Frances Janisch

15-Minute Pasta Salad

If your kids are picky about eating veggies, slice strawberries into your pasta salad instead.

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