Skinny Heirloom Tomato & Veggie Spaghetti Bake
Those words are music to my ears.
I love carbs. It's not a secret. I was somehow blessed with the strength and capabilities to turn down any sort of sweet that comes my way... cookies, cake, muffins. It's nothing to me. But if you put a piece of toast in front of my face, or potatoes, or PASTA. Game over. I'm definitely eating it.
For that reason, it is always important for me to focus on creating "skinny" alternatives to carb dishes, like pasta! Because let's be real - I'm not giving up carbs. And thanks to recipes like this one, you don't have to either :)
When making a light pasta, the first thing I focus on is the type of noodles I'm going to use. (Obviously, Cortney). Please, please, please do not think that all pastas are created equal. They SO aren't.
DON'T BUY REGULAR PASTA, I BEG OF YOU.
I like to buy brown rice spaghetti pasta. It's like $1.99 at Trader Joe's. They also have whole wheat, gluten free, and quinoa pasta. All much healthier alternatives! Go with these kind of pastas instead.
The next step in creating healthy pasta is to use real ingredients and real sauce. I love using fresh veggies in my pasta, especially spinach and tomato. The flavor is amazing, even if you were to leave all seasoning out, plus it makes for a really elegant dish.
For sauce, consider making your own rather than store bought every once in awhile! I've been using this olive oil "sauce" that you'll find in this recipe in almost all of my pasta dishes lately. It's incredibly light but the flavoring is unbelievable. You probably won't believe me until you try it... so try it!! ;)
You can see in the pictures about just how stunning these veggies are all on their own. I mean really they could be a dish all by themselves! To be honest, I was a little sad to mix in the pasta and break up the pretty-party.
As for this dish as a whole, it's not winning any beauty contests. I sliced up some tomatoes to put on top for some extra flare. It wasn't quite the stunner I thought it would be, but the taste MOST DEFINITELY IS.
If you love pasta, or delicious food in general, you're going to want to try this.
This recipe yields a good amount of food. So if you're looking for a new recipe to add to your family's dinner rotation, this might be perfect for you. Or if you're a smaller household, it makes delicious leftovers ;)
What are your favorite baked pasta dishes? Let me know if the comments below!
xoxo - cort
- 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 pound mini hierloom tomatoes
- 1, 8 ounce package white mushrooms
- 5 cups spinach
- to taste, salt and pepper