Spaghetti is enjoyed in homes and restaurants all over the world. It is an Italian dish, but has become a staple of the Western diet. A one cup serving of spaghetti has 330 – 375 calories in it. The number varies depending on the type of noodles and sauce that you use. One cup of just spaghetti noodles without the sauce has 225 calories in it. The majority of calories come from carbohydrates in the noodles.
Spaghetti can be altered to keep the calories and carbs down. A traditional spaghetti meal is made with white pasta noodles, sauce, and ground beef. This is the common recipe that has 330-375 calories per one cup serving that we mentioned above.
If you want to enjoy spaghetti in a much healthier way you can substitute the white pasta noodles with whole wheat as well as switching out the ground beef with extra lean turkey burger. As far as the sauce goes, use low sodium varieties that cut down on the salt.
One serving of this healthier version has a lot more vitamins and nutrients because of the whole grain pasta. A one cup serving comes in at around 200-225 calories per serving. That’s quite a big difference, and it still tastes great.
Also, you can save on calories even more by cutting back on the extra fixings such as French bread that typically go along with spaghetti.
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