Today I'm sharing a WW friendly dinner idea that is sure to satisfy the entire family. Fresh-cooked spaghetti forms the "crust" for this deep dish "pizza" casserole layered with ricotta cheese, meaty marinara, and melted mozzarella cheese. This quick and easy dish is part pizza, part pasta, and part pie--and it delivers the flavor of lasagna. This spaghetti casserole also. can be assembled ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to bake it. Could it get any better?
1-1/2cupsmarinara sauce (such as Classico tomato basil)
1/2teaspoonoregano (I used Italian seasoning instead)
1cuppart skim ricotta cheese
3/4cupshredded part skim mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
The first step is to prepare the spaghetti. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions, drain, rinse and shake well to remove excess water. Place the spaghetti in a large bowl and toss with the egg and 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of the Parmesan cheese. Press the spaghetti onto the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie plate and set aside.
Next prepare the meat sauce. Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray and place it over medium high heat. Add the beef and mushrooms, if using, and cook until the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes or so. Add the marinara sauce and oregano. Stir it to mix it with the meat and cook 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from the heat.
Then assemble the pizza pasta pie. Stir the ricotta well to loosen it and then and spoon it onto the spaghetti crust, spreading it out evenly. Spoon the meat sauce over the ricotta layer. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and remaining Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes or until fully heated through. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before cutting into six wedges to serve.
My go to jarred marinara sauce when I'm paying close attention to WW Points is Classico Tomato Basil. It tastes great and has only *2 WW SmartPoints per half cup serving.The mushrooms are optional but do add bulk for Zero SmartPoints. I would have added them, except my sister, who abhors mushrooms, was having dinner with us.Using fat-free ricotta, instead of part skim, will shave 1 SmartPoint making the pasta pizza pie *8 SmartPoints per serving instead of *9.This recipe is very flexible. Add pizza toppings to suit your tastes. Bell pepper, olives, and pepperoni would all be delicious. Just be sure to adjust the Points if you are following WW.It also can be assembled ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to bake it.Servings: 69*SmartPoints (Green plan)9*SmartPoints (Blue plan)9*SmartPoints (Purple plan)8*PointsPlus (Old plan)
Skinny Pizza Pasta Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 wedge)
Calories 290Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword: baked pasta, baked pizza pasta pie
Find this recipe online: https://simple-nourished-living.com/skinny-ww-friendly-pizza-pasta-pie/