It is beautiful out! I have a few more plants and bulbs to put in so I am thrilled it’s not too hot. I know in the next few weeks that will all change so I am trying to make the most of it.
With that in mind I am always looking for quick dishes. My sister-in-law, Dawn tried this recipe and said it was fantastic. I made it last night and I agree, it’s fantastic!!
I have never been a fan of fat-free cream cheese. However, it works perfectly in this recipe. It reminded me of Mascarpone, which is an Italian cream cheese, but without the added calories.
I will be ear-marking this recipe and using it again. It would be great as well if you added some vegetables. Spinach, kale, mushrooms, and broccoli are just a few that come to mind. Of course, you could always have your vegetables on the side or serve it with a side salad. With or without additions, it was tasty and filling.
Til next time,
CREAM CHEESE SPAGHETTI CASSEROLE (Weight Watchers)
8 servings / 9 Smart Points per serving
- 12oz dried spaghetti (I use Dream Fields)
- 1 (28oz) jar spaghetti sauce (I used my homemade sauce)
- 1 lb of lean ground beef or 1 lb of lean ground turkey
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 8oz fat-free cream cheese
- 1/2 C parmesan cheese, grated
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
- In a skillet, brown the ground meat until cooked through; drain fat if needed and stir in the spaghetti sauce. Set aside.
- Cook the spaghetti as directed on your package. (I cooked it 2 minutes less since it also cooks in the oven).
- Drain and return to the warm pot. Add the cream cheese, Italian seasoning, and minced garlic. Stir until the cream cheese is melted and the noodles are coated thoroughly.
- Lightly grease a 9×13 pan. Spread a small amount of meat sauce in the bottom of the dish. Put the spaghetti on top of the sauce and top with the remaining sauce.
- Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly.
Note: You could add vegetables to the pot when mixing the cream cheese in the noodles. Spinach, broccoli, kale, asparagus, or mushrooms or a combination of any would be excellent.