25 Macro-Friendly Pasta Recipes (High Protein!)

published: March 27, 2024

updated: April 1, 2024


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What do you do when you love pasta but you also have fitness and nutrition goals? You use the 25 recipes we listed below to have the best of both worlds!

We rounded up 25 of our favorite macro-friendly pasta recipes in this post. We have everything from lasagna to pasta-based soup dishes! If you try any of these recipes, be sure to let us know by leaving a review on the recipe and tagging us on social media @fithealthymacros. 

Our Most Popular High-Protein Pasta Recipes

Big Mac Pasta Salad

High Protein Big Mac Inspired Pasta Salad

The only thing not to love about a Big Mac is the big calories. If you’re working on your health and fitness, try our Big Mac Pasta Salad! It’s full of the traditional flavors and components of a Big Mac but without the extra calories and fat. 

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

bowl of chicken caesar pasta salad

Our Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad contains all the best flavors of a traditional Caesar salad but with the fun addition of satisfying pasta. Plus, our simple dressing swap allows you eat this dish while nailing your macros.

Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Skillet

Philly Cheesesteak Pasta

Creamy, indulgent, and packed with protein, our Philly Cheesesteak Pasta skillet is a family favorite that’s easy to whip up on busy weeknights.

BLT Pasta Salad

bowl of BLT pasta salad

Bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and pasta! Our BLT Pasta Salad is perfect for picnics, events, or weekday lunches!

Italian Chicken Pasta Salad

Our Italian Chicken Pasta Salad takes the traditional pasta salad up to a new level by infusing it with a big punch of extra protein from the juicy, grilled Italian chicken. 

Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole

When it comes to making dishes that the whole crew will love, our Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole should have a top stop on your list! This dish is simple to make and tastes like a juicy burger. 

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

As one of our OG recipes and most popular recipes of all time, our Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake is a must-make for Buffalo Chicken lovers!

Classic Pasta Salad

Sometimes you just need a healthy, macro-balanced pasta salad to provide you with a nourishing, nostalgic feeling. Our Classic Pasta Salad is easy to throw together and is a hit at every event.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

When you’re craving something spicy, our Cajun Chicken Pasta is a great place to start. This hearty dish is packed with protein and flavor to keep you feeling satisfied and on track with your nutrition goals.

Pizza Pasta Skillet

If you’re looking for a family-friendly meal that’s easy to make and guaranteed to go quick, our Macro-Friendly Pizza Pasta Skillet is where it’s at. My kids love this dish, making it a staple in my household.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Skillet

This is another OG recipe and FHM Community favorite! Our Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Skillet is a one-skillet meal which means cleanup is a breeze. And, of course, it tastes delicious!

Buffalo Chicken Alfredo

Buffalo Chicken Alfredo

Buffalo Chicken Pasta With 40+ grams of protein

Calling all Buffalo chicken lovers: this Buffalo Chicken Alfredo recipe needs to be added to your lineup ASAP. Creamy, indulgent alfredo sauce with a Buffalo kick and plenty of protein!

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with high protein

Creamy, crave-worthy mac and cheese but with a spicy Buffalo kick! You won’t believe how easy this recipe is to make and just how satisfying it is to eat. 

Italian Wedding Soup

easy, healthy Italian wedding soup

Healthy, Italian Wedding Soup

Soup season is the best season! We took the classic Italian Wedding Soup and threw a macro-friendly spin on it to ensure you get to enjoy your favorite pasta-based soup while also prioritizing your goals.

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

macro friendly crockpot lasagna soup

Lasagna is one of the most popular comfort dishes of all time, but put it in a hot, steamy, creamy soup form and you now have a whole new level of cozy. Our Crockpot Lasagna Soup is wickedly easy to make and will warm your whole soul.

Hamburger Helper

Who else ate boxed Hamburger Helper as a kid? My family sure did! Our Macro-Friendly Hamburger Helper is a lightened-up, healthier version of the boxed stuff that maintains the same amazing flavor experience.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole is a delicious and budget-friendly family meal that everyone can agree on. Our high-protein version is a breeze to make!

Macaroni Salad

Whether you need a healthier dish to pass for a summer get-together or you want a simple meal prep option, our Lightened Up Macaroni Salad made with cool, creamy Greek yogurt will be your new go-to.

One Pot Lasagna

This recipe has easily been one of our most popular recipes on Fit Healthy Macros to date. If you haven’t given our One-Pot Lasagna a try, here’s your sign to go make it!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Admittedly, I had to Google whether or not gnocchi was considered a pasta or not, and the results are split, so I decided to add it! If you enjoy being in the kitchen and cooking something special, our Sweet Potato Gnocchi will be right up your alley.

Peanut Butter Spicy Noodles

While the thought of peanut butter and pasta mixing might feel a bit cringey at first, this is one of those “don’t knock it til you try” recipes. If you like peanut butter and a little kick, give this recipe a try!

Cottage Cheese Mac & Cheese

High Protein Cottage Cheese Mac and Cheese

Cottage cheese is most definitely having a big moment in the high-protein/macro-friendly space lately, and honestly, I don’t think it’ll be going anywhere anytime soon. Blended cottage cheese works so well for a creamy, high-protein pasta sauce, make this recipe and you’ll see what I mean.

Creamy Chicken Sausage Pasta

Creamy Chicken Sausage Pasta Skillet

Chicken sausage is one of the easiest proteins for busy weeknights, but when you need to make it a full on meal, that’s where our Creamy Chicken Sausage Pasta comes in handy. This recipe requires just 5 simple ingredients and you won’t believe how delicious it is.

Chicken Taco Pasta Salad

Macro Friendly Chicken Taco Pasta Salad

This isn’t your average pot luck pasta salad recipe, our Chicken Taco Pasta Salad delivers a flavor experience all its own. Plus, with 37g of protein per serving, this is more than just a side dish, it’s a whole meal.

One-Pot Chicken Caesar Pasta

High Protein Chicken Caesar Pasta Recipe

It’s hard to pinpoint just one thing about this recipe that makes it amazing, because there are many, however, the fact that this macro-friendly pasta recipe is made using only one pot makes it an easy dinner winner!

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About the author, Tami Smith

Hi, I'm Tami, a certified macro coach, nutritionist and personal trainer! I love creating and sharing quick and easy macro-friendly recipes, and working out in my garage gym!

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