Pasta portions are small (1/4 cup), unsatisfying, high in calories and carbohydrates.
Am I the only one that goes overboard with pasta portions?! Whenever I eat pasta I love to make the most out of my pasta portion by adding tons of vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, spinach (greens), zucchini, squash, etc) and/or lean protein (beans, lean ground meats) to my serving. This way you add 'bulk' to your pasta without adding all the additional calories. Even still, you'll be adding plenty of fiber and nutrients- It's a much more satisfying portion and [it] won't leave you lingering for seconds ;)