Low-Calorie Pesto Spaghetti Recipe

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Bite it! HG's Simply the Pesto Spaghetti
HG's Simply the Pesto Spaghetti

Go Pesto, Hungry Girl!

We don't know WHY it took us so long to make over this starchy oil-fest of a dish; it was almost too easy. We suspect you'll forgive us once you taste our creamy, cheesy version -- it's AMAZING!

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
2 tbsp. pine nuts
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
2 packages House Foods Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti Shaped Noodle Substitute

To make the pesto sauce, place all ingredients except noodles in a small blender or food processor, and blend/process until a smooth paste forms. Set aside.

Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles well. Pat dry. Cut noodles up a bit, using kitchen shears if you've got 'em.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add noodles and, stirring often, cook just until all water has evaporated and noodles are hot.

Transfer noodles to a bowl and immediately toss with pesto sauce. If you like, add additional salt and pepper to taste. EAT!


Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe (about 1 cup)
Calories: 157
Fat: 10.75g
Sodium: 490mg
Carbs: 13g
Fiber: 4.75g
Sugars: 1.5g
Protein: 8g

PointsPlus® value 5*

Fight it! Spaghetti with Pesto, Average
Spaghetti with Pesto, Average

Annoying Little Pesto...

Pesto is a sneaky one. It looks all healthy 'cuz it's green and herby -- but underneath that facade (and bite-y garlic!) lies a bunch of oil, cheese, and nuts. "But Hungry Girl," you say, "everyone says the fats found in olive oil and nuts are good for you!" True. They are. But you don't need to consume a ton of those healthy fats to reap the benefits, and if you take in too much, the negatives can outweigh the positives. The average order of pasta with pesto sauce has more than SIXTY grams of fat... and over 1,000 calories! "Fine," you say, "but, HG, how can you replace the richness of all that oil, the nuts, and loads of cheese?" Easy. We just use less oil, fewer nuts, plenty of reduced-fat Parmesan cheese, and one of our secret weapons... FAT-FREE RICOTTA! As for that mountain of starchy noodles... Hello?! That's what Tofu Shirataki is for! Our slimmed-down pesto pasta tastes incredible. We know what we're doing, people. Trust and chew... trust and chew...

Serving Size: 1/2 an order (about 1 cup)
Calories: 564
Fat: 33g
Sodium: 720mg
Carbs: 47.5g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 18g

PointsPlus® value 15*

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It's National Spaghetti Day (a.k.a. January 4th)! If the above pesto pasta recipe isn't your style, scope out our Chicken Carbonara a la Hungry Girl, Super-Duper Spaghetti Pie Part Deux, or the famous iHungry Spaghetti Tacos!

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