Healthy Pasta Recipes: Veggie Spaghetti, Taco Spaghetti Squash Bake

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Tomorrow is National Spaghetti Day, but we're celebrating today with guilt-free recipes... YAY!!!

Veggie-Loaded Spaghetti Amore

1/2 of recipe (about 1 2/3 cups): 312 calories, 3.5g fat, 460mg sodium, 60.5g carbs, 8g fiber, 12.5g sugars, 13.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

For ages, we've been obsessed with the insanely delicious sauce creation used on our Chicken Amore. And now we've made a veggie-friendly dish with it so even MORE people can enjoy!

4 oz. uncooked high-fiber spaghetti
1/2 cup creamy tomato soup with 4g fat or less per serving (like Amy's Chunky Tomato Bisque)
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 cup chopped portabella mushrooms
1 cup chopped zucchini
1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/3 cup jarred roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

In a medium-large pot, cook pasta per package instructions, about 8 minutes. Drain and cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix tomato soup with sour cream until uniform. Stir in basil and Italian seasoning.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and zucchini. Cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to low. Add peas, chopped roasted red peppers, and soup mixture. Cook and stir until hot and well mixed, about 2 minutes.

Add cooked pasta, and stir to coat. Continue to cook until pasta is hot, 1 - 2 minutes.

Serve sprinkled with Parm-style topping. Enjoy!


Taco-rific Spaghetti Squash Bake

1/6th of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups): 230 calories, 8.5g fat, 630mg sodium, 22.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 18.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

This recipe features spaghetti squash, not actual spaghetti noodles. We DARE you to be disappointed with this zesty, comfort-food creation...

1 spaghetti squash (about 4.5 lbs.)
3/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
12 oz. raw lean ground turkey
4 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning mix
1/2 cup frozen sweet corn kernels, thawed
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
1 cup chunky salsa
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Microwave squash for 3 - 4 minutes, until soft enough to cut. Halve lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds. Fill a large baking pan with 1/2 inch water and place squash halves in the pan, cut sides down. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir bell pepper and onion until slightly softened and lightly browned, 6 - 8 minutes. Transfer cooked veggies to an extra-large bowl. Remove skillet from heat, re-spray, and return to medium-high heat. Add turkey and sprinkle with 1 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning. Cook and crumble for 4 - 6 minutes, until fully cooked. Transfer turkey to the extra-large bowl. Add corn and 1/2 cup cheese, and thoroughly stir.

Remove the pan with the baked squash from the oven, and reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" X 13" baking pan with nonstick spray.

Use a fork to scrape out squash strands. Place in a strainer to drain excess moisture. Blot dry, if needed. Transfer to the extra-large bowl, and sprinkle with 2 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning. Thoroughly stir contents of the bowl.

In a medium bowl, combine salsa, sour cream, and remaining 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning. Mix well. Add mixture to the extra-large bowl, and thoroughly stir.

Transfer mixture to baking pan, and smooth out the top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Enjoy!


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