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Spaghetti bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese

Here's a new lower–fat version of one of the pasta classics, a full–flavoured meat sauce tossed with spaghetti and served with parmesan. There's less beef than in traditional recipes, but low–fat chicken livers enrich the sauce. Serve with a spinach, tomato and onion salad and bread.

Spaghetti carbonara with roasted tomato salad

Spaghetti carbonara with roasted tomato salad

This version of an all–time favourite makes use of lower–fat dairy products and dry–cured ham instead of bacon to make a healthier dish with no compromise on flavour. To complete the meal, a salad suggestion is included, but you can always make your own favourite salad.

Spaghettini with seafood

Spaghettini with seafood

Cooked in a delicious wine–enriched tomato sauce, a nutritious mix of seafood makes an elegant partner for the long thin pasta called spaghettini. Prepare a leafy mixed side salad with a wide variety of attractive and flavoursome greenery to go with this dinner party main course.

Lentils with macaroni

Lentils with macaroni

For Egypt's vegetarians this highly spiced dish is a protein staple. On their own, lentils do not contain a lot of protein, but combined with the wheat in the pasta, they make a good protein dish that is low in fat.

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Linguine with pan-fried salmon

Linguine with pan-fried salmon

All the ingredients for this dish are quickly assembled and cooked, and the result is truly delicious as well as visually impressive. This is definitely a dish to convince anyone who has doubts about the tastiness of well–balanced eating. With bread and salad, it makes a hearty meal.

Lumache with cucumber salsa

Lumache with cucumber salsa

Here little snail–shaped pasta, called lumache, trap a herby yogurt and tomato dressing so that each one is full of flavour. A refreshing vegetable and fruit salsa brings extra nutritional value as well as exciting taste and texture contrast. Offer warm bread to mop up all the juices.

Macaroni and mushroom cheese

Macaroni and mushroom cheese

Introduce vegetables to old favourites for healthy family meals. This well–loved pasta dish is delicious with mushrooms, peas and capsicums added. Using a small amount of powerful Roquefort cheese ensures that the sauce is creamy and full flavoured, but not too high in fat.

Mushroom ravioli in herb jus

Mushroom ravioli in herb jus

Bought stuffed pasta just do not taste anything like silken–textured homemade pasta with a freshly prepared savoury filling. This is not a convenience meal – making pasta does take time – but the result is a marvellous dish, to savour and enjoy on the weekend.

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Pasta frittata

Pasta frittata

Pasta is a convenient and delicious alternative to potato in omelettes, especially if you have some left over from a previous meal. This version, flavoured with ham and packed with vegetables, is complemented by a zucchini and tomato salad. It makes a simple but satisfying lunch.

Pasta with fresh sage, rocket and fetta

Pasta with fresh sage, rocket and fetta

This quick main dish can be served hot or cool. The pasta is topped with fetta, which has a fresh, salty flavour that goes well with the pancetta (Italian bacon), chickpeas and tomato in the sauce. For best results, use a tubular or thick pasta shape that will complement the chunky sauce.

Gnocchi with sage and cinnamon

Gnocchi with sage and cinnamon

An Italian classic, traditional semolina gnocchi is served with generous amounts of cheese and butter. This healthier but equally delicious version is made with just a little butter, cheese and oil and flavoured with cinnamon and sage. Served with spinach and peas, it makes a great meal.

Herb-infused eggplant lasagne

Herb-infused eggplant lasagne

Eggplants make delicious lasagne, but traditional methods usually involve slicing and frying them in copious quantities of oil. Here, they are cubed and simmered with flavouring ingredients to make a rich, zesty sauce.

Leek and macaroni loaf with fresh tomato sauce

Leek and macaroni loaf with fresh tomato sauce

This is the perfect choice when you fancy a change from meat, and it will appeal to the whole family. For a well–balanced meal, start with a root vegetable soup, and serve the loaf with a mixed salad and crusty bread.

Chicken, pasta and leek crisp

Chicken, pasta and leek crisp

This warming dish appeals to children and adults alike, so it makes an ideal family meal. It is a good example of a dish in which vegetables, pasta and breadcrumbs extend a modest portion of a protein food, which means the dish is low in fat too. Serve with a salad.

Dressed tagliatelle

Dressed tagliatelle

Less is definitely more with this robustly flavoured, low–fat pasta sauce that just lightly coats the pasta in traditional Italian style. The tagliatelle makes a satisfying carbohydrate–packed starter that will serve 6 before a light main course, or a simple meal for 4 with a crunchy salad to follow.

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