Lightened-Up Spaghetti Pie


A homemade turkey marinara makes this low-calorie baked spaghetti pie high in protein—and rich with Italian flavors.

Lightened-Up Spaghetti Pie
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
6 wedges


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 4 ounce dried spaghetti

  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten

  • 1 12 ounce carton low-fat cottage cheese, drained

  • 8 ounce ground turkey breast or 90% or higher lean ground beef

  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup chopped green and/or red sweet pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 8 ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)

  • Fresh basil (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. For crust, cook spaghetti according to package directions, omitting any oil or salt; drain. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the next three ingredients (through oil). Add cooked spaghetti; toss to coat. Press onto bottom and up side of prepared pie plate.

  2. In a small bowl combine 2 egg whites and cottage cheese; spread over crust in pie plate.

  3. In a large skillet cook the next five ingredients (through garlic) over medium heat until turkey is browned. Drain off any fat. Stir in the next three ingredients (through salt). Spoon over cottage cheese mixture in crust.

  4. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. If desired, top servings with basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
7g Fat
23g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 479mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Protein 26g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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