Pasta and Grains: Pasta and Noodle Dishes: Spaghetti Bolognese with Chicken

This classic dish, given a Recipe Makeover, saves enormously on calories, fat and sodium over a traditional recipe.
Per serving, per 2 cups: 484 calories and 4g fat.
Saves, per 2 cup serving: 339 calories and 39g fat!

Author: Fresh Finesse, adapted by CalorieKing
Date: November 10, 2010

Serves: 4 person(s)
Yield: 4 x 2 cup servings

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 1 hrs


    Spaghetti Bolognese with Chicken drops the calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium by replacing fatty/salty meats with chicken, and by omitting the cream, butter and salt. In spite, the delicious flavor reigns!
  Recipe Makeover

    1 spray of canola oil
    2 onions, chopped
    14 oz skinless boneless chicken breasts, finely diced
    1 lb fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
    3 Tbsp tomato paste
    2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
    1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 cup red wine
    1/2 cup water
    14 oz wholegrain spaghetti, dry

  Traditional Recipe

    1 cup chopped onions
    3 oz bacon, chopped
    6 oz pork sausage
    14 oz ground beef
    12 oz tomato sauce
    14 1/2 oz canned tomatoes
    3/4 cup chopped celery
    2 tsp garlic powder
    2 tsp Italian herbs
    3/4 tsp salt
    1/3 tsp black pepper
    3/4 cup red wine
    1 3/4 tsp sugar
    3/4 cup beef broth
    2 1/2 tsp olive oil
    3 Tbsp heavy cream
    4 tsp butter
    14 oz dry spaghetti
    1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


    Lightly spray a large non-stick saucepan with oil. Add onions. Sauté until onions are tender. Add chicken. Stir over high heat until meat is browned. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and black pepper. Add wine and water. Mix well.

    Bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for approximately 45 minutes or until nearly all liquid has evaporated.

    Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to directions on the packet. Drain and keep warm. Serve sauce over spaghetti.


    Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. And, 15 oz canned water-packed tuna can be used in place of chicken.

    For a smaller serving, recipe serves 8 one-cup servings.

    Serving suggestions are not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:484 cals823 cals
Kilojoules:2,026 kJ3,445 kJ
Fat4.0 g43.0 g
Carbohydrates80.0 g65.0 g
Protein37.0 g44.0 g
Cholesterol50.0 mg136.0 mg
Sodium100 mg1,280 mg
Saturated Fat1.0 g18.0 g
Fiber3.0 g3.0 g
Calcium30.0 mg223.0 mg
Total Sugars6.0 g7.5 g

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