Spaghetti with meat sauce is typically not on the diet friendly food list because the dish contains a lot of calories, carbs and even fat. In one cup of traditionally made spaghetti with meat sauce there are approximately 330 calories.
There are ways to cut the calories found in spaghetti with meat sauce. The first way is to examine your noodles. If you are using the standard white pasta noodle, set those aside and pick up a package of whole grain noodles. This can shave close to 50 calories off your cup size portion of spaghetti.
The next way to cut calories when preparing this favorite Italian dish is to use lean ground beef or turkey breast meat. You may even choose to eliminate the beef and go vegetarian for an evening. You can cut another 50-80 calories per cup size if you pay attention to the kind of meat you are using to prepare your dish. Cooking the extra lean ground meat in light oils can also eliminate calories.
The next way to cut calories in spaghetti is to watch your portion size. Rather than piling your plate with the main entree, fill it up with salad and opt for half the normal sized portion that you would usually get. A half-cup of spaghetti or even two-thirds of a cup is better than one full cup size.