A big bowl of pasta might be a satisfying meal, but it's a calorie bomb. Instead of making pasta the focus of a dish, make it an accent to another meal.
Food blog The Kitchn explains that if you think of pasta like a crouton, you're less like to make it a main course.
A scattering of texture-enhancing croutons can bring a salad to life and make it feel special, and the same is true of pasta when it comes to meals that are mostly vegetables and lean protein.
Just like croutons, you can put pasta in a salad or soup. You'll balance it with the rest of the meal without feeling deprived.
Why I Think of Pasta as a Crouton, Not a Main Dish [The Kitchn]