Skinny Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

Skinny Spaghetti Casserole

Skinny Spaghetti Casserole a dish that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also keeps things on the lighter side. A symphony of flavors dancing on your palate, all while embracing a healthier approach to the classic spaghetti casserole. Embrace the wholesome goodness of whole wheat spaghetti, a rainbow of vibrant vegetables, lean ground turkey, and a melody of herbs and spices that will transform this dish into a flavorful masterpiece.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 oz spaghetti noodles or whole wheat noodles
  • 1 lbs Laura’s Lean 96% ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt (a pinch of seasoning to enhance the overall taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (a dash of peppery goodness to add a subtle kick)
  • 1 Tbsp dry parsley (for a burst of herbaceous freshness)
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (a magical blend to infuse that authentic Italian flair)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (a whisper of garlic to elevate the flavor)
  • 1 tsp onion powder (for a touch of sweet and savory depth)
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (the secret ingredient for that umami richness)
  • 2 Tbsp white granulated sugar substitute
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch (to thicken the sauce and bind the flavors)
  • 2 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce (for that luscious tomato base)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes (to add texture and depth)
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley (a sprinkle to finish off with a visual flourish)
  • 8 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese, softened (choose reduced-fat Kroger cream cheese for a creamy consistency)
  • 1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese or cottage cheese (opt for fat-free ricotta for a light and airy texture)
  • Garnish with fresh or dried parsley, if desired (because presentation is the final touch to a culinary masterpiece)
Skinny Spaghetti Casserole

How to Make This Skinny Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

Boiling the Noodles

Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Submerge 2 oz. of spaghetti noodles (opt for Barilla Protein plus or Barilla Whole Grain Pasta) and cook until al dente. Remember, we want our noodles to have a bit of bite. Drain and set aside.

Sautéing the Lean Beef

In a skillet over medium heat, introduce 1 lbs Laura’s Lean 96% ground beef to the sizzle. Season it with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Brown the beef, breaking it into crumbles, until it’s a masterpiece of savory perfection.

Herbal Flourish

Sprinkle 1 Tbsp dry parsley, 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp onion powder over the beefy canvas. Let these herbs perform their aromatic magic, infusing the meat with irresistible flavors.

Saucy Symphony

Pour in 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tbsp white granulated sugar substitute (try Lakanto Monk fruit Classic Sweetener for a touch of sweetness), and 1 Tbsp cornstarch. Stir until the sauce thickens, enveloping the beef in a luscious coat.

Tango of Tomatoes

Introduce 2 cans of tomato sauce and 1 can of crushed tomatoes (15 oz. each) to the pan. Let the tomatoes dance with the beef, creating a harmonious blend. Simmer the concoction, letting the flavors mingle and intensify.

Cheese Crescendo

Sprinkle in 1 cup of shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, reserving a portion for later. Stir it in until the cheese becomes one with the sauce, creating a velvety texture.

Assembling the Layers

In a separate bowl, let 8 oz. of reduced-fat cream cheese (softened to perfection) and 1 cup of fat-free ricotta cheese join forces. Mix until smooth, creating a heavenly base for our casserole.

Building the Masterpiece

In a casserole dish, layer half of the cooked spaghetti, followed by half of the meaty tomato sauce. Spread the cream cheese and ricotta mixture over the layers. Repeat this process, finishing with a sprinkle of the reserved mozzarella cheese.

Baking Ballet

Slide the casserole into the preheated oven and let it bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese reaches a golden crescendo. The aroma will be your cue the Skinny Spaghetti Casserole is ready for its grand finale.

Skinny Spaghetti Casserole

Serving Instructions

Plating Elegance

As you prepare to unveil your Skinny Spaghetti Casserole masterpiece, consider the art of plating. Use a spatula to carefully portion out the casserole, ensuring that each serving captures the layers of savory goodness. A sprinkle of fresh or dried parsley on top adds a touch of elegance.

Pairing Harmony

This casserole is a versatile star, ready to shine solo or harmonize with complementary sides. A crisp green salad with a zesty vinaigrette or a side of garlic bread can elevate the dining experience.

Serve with Love

Present your creation with pride, and perhaps a dash of culinary flair. Whether it’s a family dinner or a gathering of friends, the Skinny Spaghetti Casserole is bound to steal the spotlight. Remember, the joy of sharing good food is an integral part of the experience.

Storage and Freezing Instructions

Proper Storage Ballet

To preserve the freshness and flavor of your Skinny Spaghetti Casserole, store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s a culinary encore waiting to happen. Properly stored, it can last for up to 3-4 days, allowing you to savor the delights of your creation over multiple meals.

Freezing the Culinary Time Capsule

  • Allow the casserole to cool completely before freezing to prevent ice crystals.
  • Portion the casserole into individual servings or freeze the entire dish, depending on your future dining plans.
  • Wrap the casserole tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil to create a protective layer against freezer burn.
  • Label the package with the date to keep track of its frozen tenure.

Freeze Frame

The Skinny Spaghetti Casserole can be frozen for up to 2-3 months without compromising its quality. When ready to enjoy, thaw the casserole in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for a rejuvenated and flavorful experience.

Skinny Spaghetti Casserole

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FAQs

Can I substitute ground turkey for ground beef in the Skinny Spaghetti Casserole?

Swapping ground turkey for beef is a fantastic option. It maintains the lean profile of the dish while still delivering a savory and satisfying experience.

Is it possible to make Skinny Spaghetti Casserole vegetarian?

Omit the ground beef and replace it with plant-based alternatives like crumbled tofu or meatless grounds. The rest of the recipe remains unchanged, ensuring a flavorful vegetarian adaptation.

Can I use regular sugar instead of a sugar substitute?

You can use regular sugar if you’re not concerned about the sugar content. However, opting for a sugar substitute like Lakanto Monkfruit Classic Sweetener keeps the recipe lower in calories without compromising on sweetness.

Is it necessary to use reduced-fat cheese in the casserole?

Not mandatory, but using reduced-fat cheese aligns with the healthier profile of the Skinny Spaghetti Casserole. Feel free to use regular cheese if you prefer, keeping in mind it might alter the overall calorie content.

Can I prepare the casserole in advance and bake it later?

You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake. This makes it a convenient option for planning meals ahead or entertaining guests.

Skinny Spaghetti Casserole

Skinny Spaghetti Casserole

Skinny Spaghetti Casserole a dish that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also keeps things on the lighter side. A symphony of flavors dancing on your palate, all while embracing a healthier approach to the classic spaghetti casserole.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine French
Servings 6
Calories 318 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz spaghetti noodles or whole wheat noodles
  • 1 lbs Laura’s Lean 96% ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dry parsley
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp white granulated sugar substitute ( I use Lakanto Monkfruit Classic Sweetener)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 ( 15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese, divided ( I use Marker Pantry from Target)
  • ¼ tsp dried parsley
  • 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened ( I use reduced fat Kroger cream cheese)
  • 1 1 cup fat free ricotta cheese or cottage cheese – I use fat free ricotta cheese
  • garnish with fresh or dried parsley, if desired

Instructions
 

  • Dive into the cooking adventure by boiling 2 oz. of whole wheat spaghetti noodles. Opt for Barilla Protein plus or Barilla Whole Grain Pasta for that extra nutritional kick. Cook until the noodles achieve that perfect al dente texture. Drain and set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, introduce 1 lb of Laura’s Lean 96% ground beef. Sprinkle it with 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of black pepper, orchestrating a sizzling symphony of flavors. Continue until the beef attains a glorious brown hue, breaking it into savory crumbles.
  • Sprinkle the meaty canvas with 1 Tbsp of dry parsley, 2 tsp of Italian seasoning, 1 tsp of garlic powder, and 1 tsp of onion powder. Let these herbs waltz their way into the dish, infusing the beef with an aromatic charm.
  • Introduce 1 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tbsp of Lakanto Monkfruit Classic Sweetener (our sugar substitute maestro), and 1 Tbsp of cornstarch. Stir until a delectable sauce forms, wrapping the beef in a succulent embrace.
  • Add 2 cans of tomato sauce and 1 can of crushed tomatoes (15 oz. each) to the pan. Allow them to dance harmoniously with the beef, creating a crescendo of flavors. Simmer and let the concoction reach a savory climax.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese into the mix, reserving a portion for later. Stir until the cheese becomes a velvety partner, adding a layer of gooey perfection.
  • In a casserole dish, embark on the layering journey. Start with half of the cooked spaghetti, followed by half of the meaty tomato sauce. Then, spread a heavenly mixture of 8 oz. of reduced-fat cream cheese and 1 cup of fat-free ricotta cheese. Repeat this process, finishing with a sprinkle of the reserved mozzarella cheese.
  • Gracefully slide the casserole into the preheated oven, letting it bake for 25-30 minutes. The visual and aromatic cues will guide you – a golden crescendo indicates the Skinny Spaghetti Casserole is ready for its grand reveal.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of dried parsley over the bubbling masterpiece. Allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving. Feel free to garnish with fresh or dried parsley, adding that final touch to your culinary creation.
Keyword Ground Turkey Casserole Recipe, Healthy Spaghetti Bake, Low-Calorie Pasta Bake, Skinny Spaghetti Casserole
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