Family-Pleasing Spaghetti Recipe

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“I’m a big fan of pasta, smoked sausage and cheese, and I love spicy food. This dish has it all,” confirms Lisa Varner of Charleston, South Carolina. “Paired with a salad and bread, it makes a complete meal.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 pound reduced-fat smoked sausage, casings removed and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 379 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 936mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook onion and garlic in oil over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add sausage and green pepper; cook 4-6 minutes longer or until sausage is lightly browned and vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, salsa, chili powder and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Drain spaghetti; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Family-Pleasing Spaghetti in Light & Tasty February/March 2007, p15

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mjlouk User ID: 1712085 145100
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2010

"This was really easy to make and the whole family really liked it!"

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