Pasta is not fattening. In fact, research shows pasta isn’t likely to make you pack on the pounds if you stick to proper portions. A one-cup serving contains about 200 calories, with only about 1 gram of fat (egg noodles are only slightly higher with less than 4 grams of fat per cup). Keep dishes low-calorie and nutrient-rich by selecting healthy pasta pairings like high-fiber vegetables, protein-rich lean meat or fish, or a small amount of cheese. For more ideas on how to create wholesome, balanced meals with pasta see our pasta recipes.