Bobby’s Lighter Baked Spaghetti

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By Bobby Deen

194 Fewer Calories
13g Less Fat

6 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup water
1 pound sweet Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon Paula Deen Seasoned Salt
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese


Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. 

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until crisp-tender, 2 – 3 minutes. Add water and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned, 6 – 8 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, seasoned salt, and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the flavors are blended, about 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 1 1/2-quart casserole with nonstick spray.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet, tossing well to combine. Spoon half the pasta mixture into the casserole. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Spoon the remaining pasta mixture over top. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover loosely with a tent of foil sprayed with nonstick spray. (Do not let foil touch cheese). Bake until the filling is hot and bubbly and the cheese is melted, 20 – 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Difficulty: Easy
Yield:  6 servings (6 cups)

Per Serving: (1 cup) 249 Cal (39% from Fat, 34% from Protein, 27% from Carb); 21 g Protein; 11 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 17 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 5 g Sugar; 125 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 945 mg Sodium; 52 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Baked Spaghetti
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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This is the most delictable dish I have ever tasted, except Ms Deens of course. I have made this two times already and can't get enough. I have used Italian turkey and it enhances the taste. Thanks for sharing.

By candace smith on May 29, 2013


does bobby have a recipe book with all the lighter recipes. thank you jeanette

By jeanette Moser on January 04, 2013


I am a diabete and it is hard to find good recipes also deserts I wish there would be a TV show to help all of us.

By Carleen Beavers on January 24, 2012


very good. made as directed easy too.

By cjfultz on January 24, 2012


Thank You Bobby and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen!!! This one was yet another winner in our house! I added more onion, 2 garlic cloves (minced),fresh Basil (approx. 2 Tbl) and FRESH Mozzerella (8oz). In order to compesate for the "real" mozz, I used Fat Free shreaded cheddar instead of Reduced Fat. I also added baby portobello mushrooms (a/b 8 oz.) and deglazed with 2 Tablespoons of dry sherry along with the water. I adjusted my nutritional info accordingly to stay within my program. I can't wait to experiment more with this one! The portion size is more than enough to satisfy and pleasing to the eye! Thanks again to you and the team. My Mom and I are huge fans of the show and adore your Mom!! You and your brother are wonderful sons and just as amazing in the kitchen! My favorite episodes are the ones with the family members in the Kitchen with your Mom! Take care and keep the Lighter recipes comming!

By Judi Collins on July 28, 2011


This recipe sounds great! Can't wait to try it!

By Anonymous on July 05, 2011


Today was a great one I would like to have the recipe for paula deen and her black friend, she and her were cooking spagetti and added bell peppers, onin, garlic the she put two different cheese's the bake it. what i what to know is what or where can you get turkey,ckicken, and belive there was beef or pork meat in it too. the date is 4-02-11 came on around 10-11am this moring! I would appreciate it if you could send the reciept to me on I thank you and i love wacthing you cook! I really love the cake better than sex. YUM YUM!!!! thank you sandee .

By sandee on April 02, 2011


This was delicious I loved it my husband and I had it!!

By Anonymous on July 06, 2010

Appreciate your lighter version to these good recipes.  I too am having trouble printing the lighter versions without having to print the whole page.  Is there another way?

By JoAnn Kitchens on October 20, 2010

Thank you Bobby for the Lighter Baked Spaghetti recipe. I have had two Open Heart Surgery this pass year, and has had too change my eating habit’s. I would like to thank you for making it more easier for me to do this with your Lighter recipes.

By Valerie Williams on August 25, 2010

Thank you for your Lighten Up Recipes.  I know there will be times I will use your recipes, but who can resist your Mother’s butter!!!  I am not a non-fat person, I usually always use light, but with some family members these recipes will be a hit when they visit due to health reasons.

Beverly DiBenedetti Co June 29,2010

By Beverly DiBenedetti on June 29, 2010

Bobby I would love it if you would make a cookbook of all of your lighten up recipes.  I know it would be a hit with all of Paula’s fans. Please with sugar on top.

By Linda Bordewick on June 24, 2010

I love these lighter recipes. I am always looking for healthier choices to serve my family. Thank you!

By Rebecca on June 02, 2010

Thank you Bobby for this site please keep it up!

By Melinda R. on May 18, 2010

I love this. I can use your Mothers version,than when i need to make it lighter i use yours. Thank you so much for doing this. I,m having trouble printing the lighter versions without having to print the whole page. Mary

By mary perez on March 03, 2010

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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