Believe it or not, pasta can be really good for you. Just remember a few helpful tips. 1. Use a high-quality cheese. This way you can use less and still get all the flavor. 2. Swap heavy cream for half and half in cream-based sauces and soups. 3. Try whole-wheat pasta for added fiber (or mix half whole-wheat with regular pasta). 4. Choose lean meats, such as lean turkey sausage, fish, or chicken breasts. 5. Add lots of veggies. 6. Keep portions in check by rounding out your plate with a leafy green salad.