Using lean ground beef and low-fat cottage cheese lowers the fat and calories in this favorite beef and pasta casserole. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. For crust: Cook spaghetti according to package directions, except omit the cooking oil and salt. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together 2 turkey egg whites, the Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Drain spaghetti well; add to egg white mixture and toss to coat. Press spaghetti mixture evenly into the bottom and up the side of the prepared pie plate; set aside.

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  • In a small bowl, stir together 2 egg whites and drained cottage cheese. Spread the cottage cheese mixture over the crust in pie plate. Set aside.

  • In a large skillet, cook turkey, mushrooms, onion, sweet pepper and garlic until meat is browned. Drain off fat. Stir tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and salt into meat mixture in skillet. Spoon over cottage cheese mixture in crust.

  • Bake about 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake about 5 minutes more or until the cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Cut into six wedges to serve.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; 6.5 g total fat; 2.6 g saturated fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 479 mg sodium. 194 mg potassium; 22.7 g carbohydrates; 2.3 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 25.8 g protein; 317 IU vitamin a iu; 14 mg vitamin c; 102 mcg folate; 173 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 22 mg magnesium;