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Monday, January 27, 2014

Noodles on the Skinny Side ... Slow Cooker Cheesy Spaghetti with Turkey

Here's another skinny noodle dish that will fill you up but not fill you out in those jeans!  It's not pretty but it sure was yummy.  I must admit I'm the worse at making the dishes look food photo ready.   These ladies must spend hours getting their food ready to take a photo of it, me I'm lucky I get 5 seconds to take the photo before everyone runs in grabbing the plate from me.  So I know I won't be the most pinned or traffic to my site but I know I've passed on a yummy recipe!  

I found this Slow Cooker Cheesy Spaghetti on Skinny Ms's website.  This is one of my favorite site's for Weight Watcher recipes.

1 lb lean ground turkey sausage (see recipe below)
1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce (no sugar added)
8 ounces (uncooked) 100% whole wheat spaghetti, about 2/3 of a 13.25 oz box, break into small pieces before adding to meat mixture
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 cup skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chopped (fresh) basil
Kosher or sea Salt to taste
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried oregano

Add all the sausage ingredients a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Cook ground turkey sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking into small pieces while cooking. Ensure the turkey loses its pink color before removing from heat. Drain, discard any fat and set aside. Combine meat with marinara and broken spaghetti pieces.
In a medium bowl combine cooked turkey sausage with the remaining ingredients, add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 2-3 hours or until spaghetti is al dente and cheese is bubbly.
Serve and sprinkle with Parmesan if desired.

ALEXIS NOTES: I skipped the making of the turkey sausage and just used some ground turkey I had cooked up that I needed to use up.  Just reminder when putting noodles in a crockpot I find that if you put them in an hour before you serve the dish they won't be gooey and soggy.

Enjoy you will love this one!
Something to keep your belly warm in this cold season.

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