Skinny Baked Spaghetti

Skinny Baked Spaghetti is a higher protein, lower fat version of the original Million Dollar Spaghetti that still tastes amazing and will fill that pasta craving while keeping your eating habits on track.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 squares
Calories 129 kcal


  • For the Sauce--
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1 lb. grass fed 95% lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-32 oz. jar marinara sauce I used Rao's brand
  • 1 cup water
  • For the Bechamel White Sauce--
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1-14.5 oz. box Protein Plus Spaghetti Pasta I used Barilla brand
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • dried parsley flakes for garnish optional
US Customary - Metric


  1. MAKE THE SAUCE: heat olive oil over medium heat in large, deep pot. Saute onion and mushroom until tender, about 6 minutes. Add in ground beef and break apart as it browns. Stir in minced garlic and seasonings. Pour in sauce and water. Stir, cover, bring to boil then reduce to simmer and cook 30 minutes to 1 hour, adding in a little water if sauce gets too thick.
  2. COOK PASTA according to pasta directions in salted boiling water. Drain and set aside.
  3. MAKE THE BECHAMEL SAUCE: melt butter over medium heat in small pot. Sprinkle flour over top and whisk to create a paste. Cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk slowly in three parts, allowing sauce to thicken and bubble before adding in each additional splash. Stir in salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.
  4. TO ASSEMBLE, pour cooked spaghetti into a lightly greased 9x13 glass baking dish. Top with pasta sauce evenly. Drizzle bechamel sauce overtop the red sauce and any pasta noodles that didn't get covered. Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  5. Cut into 12 squared and serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Skinny Baked Spaghetti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 246mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.