Monday, February 1, 2010

What's for Dinner Tonight?

I don't know about you guys but I LOVE spaghetti!I was planning on making spaghetti tonight and thought I'd see if there was a Weight Watchers recipe...low and behold there is! Enjoy!

Spaghetti With Tomato Meat Sauce

POINTS® Value: 5
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Works with Simply Filling
We all need comfort food from time to time and this meat sauce does the trick. It's wonderful spooned over pasta, baked potatoes, couscous or barley.


2 tsp olive oil
1 large onion(s), chopped
1 medium carrot(s), finely chopped

3 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1 pound(s) uncooked lean ground beef (with 7% fat)
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes, in tomato puree

1/4 tsp table salt

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, crushed

1/4 tsp dried basil
3 cup(s) cooked whole-wheat spaghetti, kept hot


  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.

  • Add ground beef to skillet. Cook, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 4 minutes.

  • Stir in tomatoes and tomato puree, salt, red pepper flakes and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes for flavors to blend and for sauce to thicken slightly; spoon sauce over spaghetti. Yields about 1/2 cup of spaghetti and 2/3 cup of sauce per serving.


  • Refrigerate extra sauce for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

    Add a delicious Parmesan-infused crumb topping to spaghetti recipes: Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a small nonstick skillet. Add 1/3 cup of coarse whole-wheat bread crumbs. Cook on high heat for 1 minute, shaking skillet constantly, until crumbs are aromatic and slightly browned. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese and shake well to coat. Remove from heat and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of crumbs over each dish just before serving. (Adds 1 POINTS value per serving.)

4 comments that make my day!:

Sparkplug17 said...

Looks yummy! I will have to try the whole wheat noodles.

Diane said...

You are making hungry just about now!!!

Mary said...

Oh that looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm always looking for a recipe with low fat.


Jeannette Siciliani said...

Yummm.... I'll be trying this recipe. Thanks for posting.