Pasta Dishes: Calories & Nutrition Facts
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The nutritional value of pasta dishes varies greatly depending not only on the type of pasta used but also the inclusion of any add-ins or sauce. Check the calorie counter below for the calories and nutritional information for your favorite pasta dishes.
Fiber ContentBecause the base of any pasta dish is, of course, pasta, it is safe to assume that most will be fairly high in dietary fiber. Both pasta made from refined flour or from whole grains contains dietary fiber, not to mention the fiber content of any vegetables or sauces included in the pasta dish. A one-cup serving of white spaghetti contains about 43 grams of carbs and 2.5 grams of fiber while a one-cup serving of whole-wheat pasta provides 37 grams of carbohydrate and 6.3 grams of fiber. If you add in a cup of mixed vegetables or vegetable-based sauce, the fiber content may increase by 2 to 5 grams.
Calorie ContentPasta itself is high in carbohydrates which makes it a fairly high-calorie food. When you add certain types of sauces on top of that, many pasta dishes become fairly high in calories. This is particularly true for cream-based sauces over tomato- or vegetable-based sauces. For example, a one-cup serving of fettuccine Alfredo contains over 400 calories while a one-cup serving of fettuccine with tomato sauce contains closer to 250 calories. The fat content in cream-based sauces is also much higher than most vegetable-based sauces.
Just as the nutritional value for pasta dishes varies greatly, so do the health benefits and disadvantages. Check the calorie calculator below for the calories and nutritional information for your favorite pasta dishes.