15 High-Protein Pasta Meals from NutrisystemArticle posted in: Nutrisystem for Men
For pasta lovers, many weight loss programs are a drag—their favorite food is the first thing to go! That’s one reason Nutrisystem succeeds where many other plans fail: You can eat your favorite foods, like cookies, cakes, pizza and pasta … and still lose weight. The secret is Nutrisystem’s perfect portions and healthy meal plan filled with protein and fiber, which help to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
These 15 pasta meals from the Nutrisystem dinner menu bring an important extra to the dinner table—protein. It’s the building block of muscle, but this nutrient isn’t just for bodybuilders. Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, so it stays in your system longer—making you feel full and satisfied for longer, and less likely to sprint to the kitchen for a sugary snack.
So try one—or all!—of these 15 high-protein pasta dinners from Nutrisystem. You’re sure to find your new favorite way to eat your pasta, pack in protein, and reach your goals.
1. Swedish-Style Meatballs with Green Beans
Protein: 25 grams
No trip to the furniture store required to enjoy these Swedish meatballs! These perfectly-seasoned meatballs pack protein as they nest in a bowl of tender fettucine in creamy, hearty mushroom sauce. Crisp green beans add a satisfying crunch and even more flavor.
2. Beef and Veal Tortelloni
Protein: 25 grams
That’s not a misspelling: Tortelloni, with an “o,” is the bigger version of tortellini. And “o” my goodness, does bigger mean better. Each jumbo piece of pasta is stuffed with tons of real parmesan cheese for a delicious, hearty bite that’s smothered in our signature marinara sauce. The pasta is topped with tender, flavorful strips of beef. The dish feels indulgent, but fits perfectly into your plan—and delivers 25 grams of filling protein.
3. Chicken Parmesan
Protein: 17 grams
Our spin on this classic comfort food is made to help you lose weight, but keep the flavor. Our breaded and seasoned chicken breast is topped with mozzarella and asiago cheeses, and sits atop a generous helping of spaghetti. It’s all mixed with our famous signature marinara sauce. And it’s got protein and a healthy serving of fiber, so you’ll feel full and satisfied. Pair it with some steamed spinach for a dinner that’s bellissimo!
4. Bistro-Style Chicken Alfredo
Protein: 30 grams
Nutrisystem’s bistro-style meals skimp on nothing: This bowl of creamy alfredo is packed with pasta, boasts filling florets of crunchy broccoli, and has a hearty helping of char-grilled chicken breast slices that are sure to satisfy. It’s a great way to get protein, fiber and some of your daily non-starchy vegetables without adding a thing! But if you want to pump it up even more, one satisfied member suggests pouring the whole bowl over more mixed vegetables and grilled chicken for an even more filling, protein-rich meal.
5. Beef Cannelloni With Broccoli
Protein: 25 grams
This Hearty Inspirations dish takes stuffed pasta to the next level: It kicks up the protein, vegetable nutrition, and flavor with the addition of sauteed spinach and tender beef in a delicious blend of ricotta and parmesan cheese. If you’re into Italian flavors, this is the power bowl for you!
6. Beef Lo Mein
Protein: 21 grams
Losing weight with Nutrisystem means you can still eat the foods you love—like pizza, Italian pastas, cakes, cookie. And with this dish, you can also enjoy your favorite Asian-inspired takeout meals. Our Beef Lo Mein has everything you love about the restaurant classic: Crunchy broccoli, peppers, snap peas, hunks of tender beef, and a sesame-and-soy sauce that’s perfect on its pile of Asian-style noodles. Just thaw the meal, cook for a few minutes in a skillet, and dig in!
7. Lemon Caper Chicken
Protein: 32 grams
The 32 grams of protein in this meal is provided by strip after strip of tender, char-grilled chicken breast and surprisingly protein-rich peas. The generous bowl of linguine pasta is also loaded with flavor from a hearty helping of mushrooms and our delectable, fresh-tasting lemon caper sauce. One member gushes, “the flavor and consistency of the meal was honestly indistinguishable to me from ones I’ve had at restaurants that cost me twice this price!”
8. Ravioli with Meat Sauce
Protein: 14 grams
Prepare to be shocked at how much food you can eat for 230 calories! These ravioli are huge, and super-stuffed with three types of cheese—ricotta, mozzarella and romano. Thanks to the hearty meat sauce, this delicious dish delivers 14 grams of filling protein. Pair it with a simple side salad to add some servings of non-starchy vegetables, and you’ve got a filling meal worthy of your favorite family-style Italian restaurant!
9. Red Pepper Chicken and Pasta Sauté
Protein: 26 grams
This Hearty Inspirations option is simple to prepare: Just heat up a skillet and add the meal. Eight minutes later, you’re enjoying a piping hot bowl of spiral macaroni, char-grilled chicken breast, crunchy asparagus and flavorful grilled peppers. The whole dish is smothered in our savory red pepper sauce for a robust, restaurant-quality meal that’s plentiful enough to fill a huge bowl—and protein-packed to fulfill your appetite.
10. Chicken Fettucine Alfredo
Protein: 18 grams
This dish takes the creamy pasta classic and adds protein with chunks of white meat chicken, which pairs perfectly with the sauce’s delectable combination of parmesan and romano cheeses. For an even heartier meal that checks off one of your daily servings of non-starchy vegetables, take a tip from Nutrisystem members: Add some steamed or frozen broccoli florets to the dish for a fiber-packed, filling dinner.
11. Mac and Cheese with Turkey Sausage
Protein: 16 grams
Flavorful chunks of tangy turkey sausage take this comfort food classic to the next level of protein—and flavor! The velvety-smooth cheddar cheese sauce takes on the satisfying taste of sausage as it heats, melding into a dish so mouth-watering, you won’t believe it’s guilt-free. But at 240 calories, it fits into your healthy eating and weight loss regimen. Pair it with a salad, or pump it up with frozen veggies, for a complete dinner you’ll want to have again and again.
12. Asian-Style Salmon with Pasta
Protein: 31 grams
A satisfyingly healthy portion of salmon and a colorful, mix of carrots, peppers and edamame. Asian-style pasta and a ginger-soy sauce that’s just the right mix of sweet and salty—what’s not to love about this restaurant-quality dish? That’s not all there is to rave about, though! It’s also loaded with 31 grams of protein, and is simple to prepare. In just 40 minutes in the oven, or five minutes in the microwave. The smell will leave your mouth watering, but show a little restraint: Letting the sauce stand for a minute or two thickens it up for the ultimate experience of one of Nutrisystem’s most filling, satisfying and flavorful meals.
13. Four Cheese Manicotti
Protein: 14 grams
More than 900 Nutrisystem members have rated this classic dish at five stars, and no wonder: These oversized pieces of pasta are loaded with romano, parmesan and ricotta cheeses, and topped with mozzarella. The addition of red pepper to the tomato sauce gives it a satisfying, tangy flavor you’ll love. Pair it with a salad or pour it over some mixed vegetables for a filling, Italian-inspired dinner.
14. Pasta Parmesan With Chicken
Protein: 15 grams
Get ready to have a new favorite dinner! Chunks of chicken and big bites of pasta are smothered in a tomato sauce that’s huge on flavor. Enjoy the whole dish for 200 calories! With the taste of parmesan cheese in each hearty bite, you’ll hardly believe it’s possible that a meal this plentiful can help you lose weight!
15. Ravioli Formaggio
Protein: 14 grams
This plentiful, frozen meal is designed to be hearty enough for dinner, but it requires barely any preparation. It’s perfect for a saucy, protein-packed dinner after work. Just toss it in the microwave for a delicious high-protein pasta meal that features tender ravioli stuffed with creamy cheese and a robust tomato sauce.
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