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Spaghetti a la PHILLY

Servings: 8
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  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) cut tomatoes
  • A can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1½ tsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbl. dry basil
  • 2 Tbl. dry oregano
  • ¼ tsp. fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ c. LITE cream cheese
  • 16 oz. whole wheat spaghetti (my family likes Garofalo organic whole wheat spaghetti from Costco as much as regular spaghetti)


  1. Using a large saucepan, sauté onion in the olive oil, over medium heat, until tender (about 3 minutes).
  2. Add remaining ingredients sitting constantly until cream cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
  3. Follow package instructions for spaghetti, drain, toss with sauce, and serve immediately.

Optional Ad-ons:

  • Chicken breast
  • Meatless meatballs


a la PHILLY sauce on spaghetti (Serving size: 1 cup spaghetti)
: 273      Protein: 11.2g            total carbohydrate: 56.5g    total fat: 2.2g
: 8.9g       saturated fat: 0.4g      sodium: 592mg         dietary fiber: 10.7g

Broiled chicken breast, skinless: (4 oz.)
Calories: 175      Protein: 33g            total carbohydrate: 0g     total fat: 4.5g
sugars: 0g          saturated fat: 1g     sodium: 617mg             dietary fiber: 0g

Meatless Meatballs:  (Serving size: 3 meatballs)
Calories: 100      Protein: 8g                total carbohydrate: 6g        total fat: 4.5g
sugars: <1g        saturated fat: 0g         sodium: 230mg            dietary fiber: 2g