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Family-Pleasing Spaghetti

 Family-Pleasing Spaghetti
“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.”
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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