I love Spaghetti, and so I just had to make a Weight Watchers SmartPoints Spaghetti Recipe that was easy, cheap, and delicious. This is not some fancy sauce that takes tons of time or ingredients. This is actually something that anyone can make, and really only takes a few minutes. The key to this is to use ground turkey, lots of extra vegetables, and to choose whole wheat pasta instead of traditional pasta. The result is that anyone can fit spaghetti into their Beyond The Scale program for just 8 SmartPoints per serving!
Weight Watchers SmartPoints Spaghetti Recipe
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I’ve shared a lot of pasta dishes with you over the years. I love some pasta. I love spaghetti, and especially a good homemade sauce. However, I love, even more, an easy semi-homemade recipe that is healthy and yummy. This recipe uses specific products from Aldi. However, I have compared the nutritional information to the equivalent Target brand Simply Balanced and Kroger brand Simple Truth. All three brands result in the same flavor and points values, so they are easily interchangeable and easy for anyone to recreate.
This recipe is semi-homemade because I use a jar of sauce as a base, along with regular pasta. I add in a mix of vegetables, wine, and seasonings to bring more flavor and richness. It creates a meal that imparts tons of flavor and fiber, that makes you a lot more satisfied. That means you are happier, and the points on this meal are definitely reasonable for a full meal. Add in a nice side salad, and you are definitely satisfied.
24 oz. Jar Tomato Onion & Garlic Pasta Sauce
13 1/4 oz. Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti
19 1/4 oz. 93% Lean Ground Turkey (this is the size of most pre-packaged ground turkey options from Jenni-O and other brands in store)
8 oz. Red Wine (I use Merlot or inexpensive cooking wine)
1/2 cup Carrots, diced
1/2 cup Celery, diced
1 Medium Onion, diced
1/2 Medium Tomato, diced
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and set aside. I love using my pasta pot for this, so I can simply lift and drain and not have to juggle a colander and worry about spilling hot water on myself.
In a large stockpot, heat olive oil and cook onion, carrot, and celery for 5-7 minutes over medium heat. As they begin to get tender, add in tomatoes and red wine then cook for additional 3-4 minutes.
Stir in ground turkey, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. Cook on medium heat for 6-7 minutes stirring occasionally until ground meat is cooked through and no longer pink.
Pour in pasta sauce and red wine. Stir mixture until well combined.
Simmer over medium heat for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to develop.
Serve over pasta or mix together with pasta and serve.
This recipe makes 10 servings.
Each Serving is 8 SmartPoints.
- 24 oz. Jar Tomato Onion & Garlic Pasta Sauce
- 13¼ oz. Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti
- 19¼ oz. 93% Lean Ground Turkey (this is the size of most pre-packaged ground turkey options from Jenni-O and other brands in store)
- 8 oz. Red Wine (I use Merlot or inexpensive cooking wine)
- ½ cup Carrots, diced
- ½ cup Celery, diced
- 1 Medium Onion, diced
- ½ Medium Tomato, diced
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
- 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and set aside.
- In a large stockpot, heat olive oil and cook onion, carrot, and celery for 5-7 minutes over medium heat. As they begin to get tender, add in tomatoes and red wine then cook for additional 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in ground turkey, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. Cook on medium heat for 6-7 minutes stirring occasionally until ground meat is cooked through and no longer pink.
- Pour in pasta sauce and red wine. Stir mixture until well combined.
- Simmer over medium heat for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to develop.
- Serve over pasta or mix together with pasta and serve.
How I Calculate My SmartPoints For Recipes
For this recipe, I used the online Weight Watchers recipe developer within the program I pay for. I love that I can input all of the ingredients and instructions and know for sure that my SmartPoints calculations are accurate. I’ve tried a lot of online calculators to get SmartPoints numbers, and frankly, I have found they just aren’t that accurate always. So, while some are close, this gives me the best number and unless I am using the Weight Watchers App or the Weight Watchers SmartPoints Calculator, I know I can trust the website.
I never thought I would set out to push Weight Watchers like I do now. I’m not an affiliate for them. I just truly have become a huge fan of the program. It has worked for me like no other program ever has. It is well worth the monthly investment to use the only program. If you’ve ever considered it, take the leap of faith now. It’s worth every dime spent. I have found it so easy to follow and learn more about how to properly feed my body without feeling deprived.
Why I Love This Weight Watchers Recipe
This Weight Watchers SmartPoints Recipe for Spaghetti is a favorite. It really is just another simple spaghetti recipe, but it is amped up with the addition of some red wine for flavor, and added veggies make it more satisfying than simply opening a jar of sauce and a box of pasta. Since you are working to make sure you are satisfied and feel full longer, this is a great option to add to your meal plan.
I am always looking for something that we can all enjoy. I don’t like feeling like my menu has to be different from the rest of the family. I do not want to diet. I simply want to make healthier choices. SmartPoints make that easire for me to manage. This Weight Watchers SmartPoitns Spaghetti Recipe is perfect. It’s a healthier meal that everyone loves!
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