I like to replace traditional pasta with quinoa, brown rice, beans (garbanzo, black, any!), and spaghetti squash. My tips are to watch the servings with quinoa, it looks like extremely small beads and always makes me want to add more than an appropriate serving. I also prefer to boil my spaghetti squash when I cook it even though it loses a little nutritional value. I prefer boiling because I can season the water and give the squash a bit more flavor.
Some questions to your question:)
-Have you tried whole wheat pasta? (considered better than the white version).
-How much pasta do you eat? I don’t think it’s a big deal to have regular pasta occasionally.
-How ’bout trying: risotto, brown rice, sweet potato, lentils, barley, etc…
Also, like others have mentioned, it’s really good to round out a pasta meal with some protein (chicken, fish, bit of cheese, maybe), a good tomato sauce, and a hearty dose of veggies, and you’re all set!
Perhaps eliminating feels like deprivation? Try whole wheat pasta that has more nutritional value combined with a healthy protein source. One serving of pasta is 2oz. Depending on the pasta this is 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup. Add veggies and your 3 to 4 ounces of chicken breast and you have a complete meal.