Cheesy, baked pasta dinners rarely find their way into a weight loss plan. However, if you know anything about Nutrisystem, you know that we love to take everyone’s favorite meals and transform them into healthier, diet-friendly versions that don’t sabotage your success. After all, the best type of diet is one that you can stick to! That’s why we tasked our recipe developers with creating a lightened-up, low-carb alternative to the trendy Baked Feta Pasta that you’ve been seeing all over your social media feed.
Featuring melty feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and fresh basil over spaghetti squash, this creamy, dreamy pasta dinner is packed with flavor. The lightened up dish was inspired by the easy uunifetapasta recipe that went viral on TikTok, originally created by Finnish food blogger Jenni Häyrinen (@liemessa). According to the New York Times, the recipe got so popular that it caused a feta shortage! Once you try it, you’ll understand why.
To fit this meal into your weight loss plan, we swapped ordinary white pasta with nature’s version: spaghetti squash! We also add extra fiber with salt-free chickpeas. Garlic, oregano, black pepper and fresh chopped basil pump up the flavor without pumping up the calories. It’s the perfect family friendly dish that the whole household is sure to love.
Get started with this Low-Carb Baked Feta Pasta by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Grab a baking dish and fill it up with cherry tomatoes, minced garlic and salt-free canned chickpeas. Place a blog of feta cheese in the middle of the baking dish and drizzle the tomatoes and feta with olive oil. Season with black pepper and oregano before placing the dish in the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes.
While the feta pasta sauce is baking to perfection, scoop out the flesh of a cooked spaghetti squash. Not sure how to cook a spaghetti squash? Check out our quick video tutorial here! >
Once the feta mixture is done baking, stir it all together. The feta should be soft and creamy. Finally, add the spaghetti squash strands and fresh basil to the dish. Toss it together and get ready for the best pasta low-carb pasta dinner you’ve ever had!
Our Low-Carb Baked Feta Pasta recipe contains just 360 calories. It counts as one SmartCarb, two PowerFuels, one Extra and one and a half vegetable servings on the Nutrisystem weight loss plan. Be sure to log this healthy dinner in the NuMi app to stay on track with your daily meal plan. It provides an easy-to-use journal to help you stay organized each day. Click here to log this recipe in NuMi! >
Healthy Hacks: If you’re craving the texture of pasta, you can swap the chickpeas with chickpea pasta! Look for one with just chickpeas in the ingredients. Want to cut the carbs in this recipe even more? Feel free to omit the chickpeas altogether. If you’re not worried about your carbs, you can also try it out with whole grain pasta instead of spaghetti squash (just be sure to count this as another SmartCarb if you’re on Nutrisystem).
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