Skinny Baked Spaghetti {Healthy & Hearty} | The Bewitchin' Kitchen (2024)

posted by The Bewitchin Kitchen on September 17, 2016

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It’s been a few years since I have made baked spaghetti, which is so weird because it used to be a favorite of mine. However, that just changed. I made this delicious Skinny Baked Spaghetti – a lighter version of a classic spaghetti casserole. The best part about this recipe is not only is it hearty and wholesome, but it’s lightened up to be healthier for you as well.

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Both healthy and hearty, this wholesome dinner recipe favorite uses ancient grain pasta and the best spaghetti sauce ever.The sauce has tons of vegetables, light cheese (part skim mozzarella), and both ground turkey and turkey Italian sausage. A healthy baked spaghetti recipe is within reach – add it to your meal plan!

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The excitement of back to school is behind us, so now that we’re settling into our routines we may find that we’re tiring out early. We needsustenance that provides long lasting energy.

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I used the Ancient Grains pasta that’s a part of Catelli’s Healthy Harvest family. There are two reasons why Catelli Ancient Grains spaghetti is the perfect pasta for this dish:

  1. It’s going to give you slow burning energy, so it will keep you going for your after-dinner extra curricular’s (or after lunch to last you until dinner). You can thank the 100% whole grain pasta for that!
  2. A little goes a long way. With the ingredient list including whole grain durum wheat semolina and whole grain flour blend (quinoa, amaranth, millet, sorghum, and teff) you can bet that you’ll get fuller on less. This is great for those of us who are watching our portion sizes.
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TBK’s Pro Tip: when it doubt, add parmesan. I add it to mashed potatoes and it always graces the top of my pasta dish. However, tossing it right in this hearty sauce gives it such a zest. Try it, I promise you – it will change your life.

Skinny Baked Spaghetti

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Are you ready for one of the best comfort food dishes? The effort is worth it. The recipe may seem like a lot, but it’s not. It’s such an easy recipe to make and the most time-consuming part is letting the sauce simmer. Putting together the Skinny Baked Spaghetti is easier than pie.

I hope you and your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine.

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Skinny Baked Spaghetti

This skinny baked spaghetti recipe is a lightened-up version of a classic spaghetti casserole. Both healthy and hearty, this wholesome dinner recipe favorite uses ancient grain pasta and the best spaghetti sauce ever. This sauce has tons of vegetables, light cheese (part skim mozzarella), and both ground turkey and turkey Italian sausage. A healthy baked spaghetti recipe is within reach, add it to your meal plan!

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Keyword baked spaghetti, skinny baked spaghetti

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 2 hours hours

Total Time 2 hours hours 10 minutes minutes

Servings 9 servings

Calories 491kcal

Author The Bewitchin Kitchen


  • 1 box Catelli Ancient Grains Spaghetti
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb turkey hot Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup white wine I used Pinot Grigio, but chicken broth works too
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 jar marinara sauce I used a fire roasted tomato and basil variety
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp – 1 tsp crushed red pepper start small and increase the heat by taste
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups part skim mozzarella
  • Optional: additional 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.

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  • In a large pot, over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of the olive oil.

  • Add the ground turkey and squeeze the turkey and hot Italian sausage from the casings.

  • Once the turkey is cooked, toss to a strainer and get rid of any additional fat.

  • Add the last tablespoon of the olive oil back into the pan (leaving some of the hot Italian sausage fat) and add the onion and green pepper. Saute until onion is see-through and add the garlic. Stir around for a minute and add the wine. Let the wine deglaze the pan and reduce until there isn’t much left.

  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, marinara, oregano, sugar, salt and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer.

  • Add the meat, stir and cover. Cook for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Add the parmesan cheese and parsley. Cook for another 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves.

  • In the last 10 minutes of cooking the sauce, cook the Catelli Ancient Grains spaghetti, following the instructions on the box.

  • Pre heat oven to 350.

  • Scoop two cups of the sauce onto the bottom of a casserole pan. Lay half the pasta over, add another couple of cups of sauce, and sprinkle with ½ cup part skim mozzarella cheese.

  • Repeat for one more layer.

  • On the top layer, add 1 cup of part skim mozza and ½ cup parmesan.

  • Bake until the cheese browns and bubbles.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.4g | Protein: 37.6g | Fat: 16.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.8g | Cholesterol: 86.6mg | Sodium: 883mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 12.5g

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Is baked spaghetti good for diabetics? ›

People with diabetes can eat pasta but should choose whole grain types or wheat alternatives. They must also consider portion size and what they choose to accompany the pasta. A person with diabetes needs to consider the types of carbohydrates, or carbs they choose to eat.

How many carbs are in spaghetti bake? ›

Nutrition Facts
Net carbs64g
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How long to cook spaghetti? ›

How long do you cook spaghetti for? Generally, most spaghetti cooks in 8 to 10 minutes but it's best to follow the packet directions. How do you cook spaghetti so it doesn't stick together? When adding the spaghetti to the saucepan, wrap hands around the middle of the spaghetti.

What is the best pasta for diabetics to eat? ›

Whole wheat pasta is an excellent choice for diabetics as it contains whole grains. In addition to whole wheat pasta having a lower glycemic index than traditional pasta, whole wheat pasta also contains more fiber which can help to keep blood sugar levels in check.

What spaghetti sauce is OK for diabetics? ›

Red pasta sauces like marinara or classic tomato are other great options, “as they are lower in overall fat and calories” than cream-based sauces, says Jana Mowrer, RDN, MPH, CDCES,, a nutritionist based in Fresno, California. Just stick with a serving size that's one-half to three-quarters of a cup, she adds.

Can you eat pasta bake on a diet? ›

The short answer to this question is yes! Our bodies need good quality carbs to fuel our brains, muscle and organs, as well as maintaining energy levels throughout the day. Pasta ticks this box by providing important nutrients, while also being low in sodium and free from cholesterol.

How many calories are in 2 cups of baked spaghetti? ›

2 Cups of Cooked Pasta: Approximately 400-440 calories.

How many carbs are in a cup of cooked thin spaghetti? ›

Spaghetti, cooked, unenriched, without added salt, 1 cup
Protein (g)8.12
Total lipid (fat) (g)1.3
Carbohydrate, by difference (g)43.2
Energy (kcal)221.2
Sugars, total (g)0.78
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How do Italians cook spaghetti? ›

Keep the temperature high on boiling. It will cook the pasta quicker, and it's the only way to achieve pasta al dente. As soon as you lower the heat to simmer, you'll end up with mushy pasta, which is harder to digest (always keep in kind our worst enemy here: gelatinization of starches).

How much spaghetti for 2 people? ›

When you cook pasta, 2 ounces (56 g) of dry pasta per person is a good rule of thumb to follow.

Can diabetics eat baked food? ›

Diabetes does not exclude you from enjoying a dessert or occasional treat as part of a balanced diet. The key is to understand how the reward fits into your dietary objectives, plan for it, and keep an eye on your portions.

Can diabetics eat baked macaroni and cheese? ›

Whole grain carbohydrates include whole-wheat pastas and breads, brown rice and cereals that are high in fibre. These types of carbs are digested more slowly, keeping blood sugar levels even. Even comfort foods, such as macaroni and cheese can be diabetes-friendly! Cook pasta according to package instructions.

Can a diabetic eat lasagna? ›

Lasagna. Lasagna may be a delicious Italian comfort food staple, but it's not a great choice if you're trying to manage your blood sugar. Since noodles are the primary ingredient in lasagna, this dish tends to be high in refined carbohydrates and low in fiber.

Can diabetics eat baked beans in tomato sauce? ›

Baked beans can be part of a diabetic diet when consumed in moderation. However, it's crucial to consider the overall carbohydrate content and monitor blood sugar levels.


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