Pizza? Spaghetti? Why not both?

I love recipes. No, I mean I REALLY LOVE recipes. I can often be found at night searching the internet, magazines, and my cookbooks for recipes to inspire me in my meal planning. While searching for recipes, I came across the “What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl” site that features several on-line cookbooks such as The White House Cookbook, The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook, Healthy Eating on a Budget Cookbook and MyPlate Cookbook by Goya which focuses on Healthy Tasty Affordable Latin Cooking. To check these out and find some recipes for your family, go to:

I find several recipes that are similar and pick out my favorite parts from each one to make my own recipe that I know my family will enjoy. Today’s recipe is a mash-up of two kid favorites – Pizza and Spaghetti. You can’t go wrong with those two! I hope you will enjoy making and eating this casserole to which you can add your own favorite pizza toppings.

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole


  • 1 lb. ground meat (beef, turkey or chicken)
  • 1 16 oz. box uncooked whole wheat spaghetti noodles (other noodles wilspaghetti-507764_1280l also work)
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces sliced pepperoni (try Turkey pepperoni)
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar pasta sauce
  • 1 16 oz. can diced Italian style tomatoes
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Any other pizza toppings like Black olives, sausage, onions, green peppers, etc…


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Brown meat in a separate frying pan.
  3. Once noodles are cooked, drain and put in a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and egg.
  5. Pour over pasta and add jar of sauce, can of tomatoes, garlic powder, & oregano. Mix all together well.
  6. On top of pasta mixture, spread ground meat and any other additional toppings you may like then add a layer of pepperoni.
  7. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese, & Italian cheese over top and finish with another layer of pepperoni.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350˚F for 30 minutes.

Source: Suzanne’s personal recipe



Quick and Healthy Homemade Pizza

When my children were young, they always asked for pizza, so I decided that we would start making our own. Ours were not only healthier pizzas, but also more economical. This also gave us an opportunity to “cook” together, providing us with another fun family activity.

Here are some of my suggestions: Start with a whole grain English muffin, tortilla, or rice cake. Top with pizza or spaghetti sauce (the spaghetti sauce is actually lower in price). This is also a great way to use leftover spaghetti sauce, meats, and vegetables. Top the crust with ham, chicken, ground meat, or just go meatless. Add some broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, and/or pineapple. Top with a low fat cheese, such as cheddar or mozzarella. You are now ready to bake your pizza.

tomato pizzaLet the children get involved in making their own pizzas, under your supervision, if needed. Now sit down together and enjoy a very delicious lunch or snack. If you are not sure how to make your own mini pizzas, follow the recipe below:

Quick Pizza
Makes 2 servings

2 slices whole-wheat bread or English muffin, halved
½ cup low-sodium spaghetti sauce
½ cup pineapple tidbits in own juice, drained
½ cup lean diced ham
¼ cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded

1. Toast bread or English muffin until very lightly brown
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
3. Place toasted bread or English muffin on a baking sheet
4. Spread ½ of the spaghetti sauce onto each of the slices
5. Place ½ of the pineapple tidbits and ½ of the diced ham on top
6. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of cheese on each slice
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 4 to 6 minutes or until cheese melts



Pizza Meat Loaf

Looking for recipes that will help you prepare balanced meals for your family on a tight budget? Check out the cookbook found at: . It’s a great guide created specifically to help those of us on a budget plan and prepare healthy, thrifty meals for our families. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this cookbook is a winner! To get started, try this simple recipe!

Pizza Meat Loaf

Servings: 4 servings about 1/4 loaf each


  • 1 lb.  Ground turkey
  • ¾ cup Spaghetti sauce
  • ¼ cup Mozzarella cheese, part-skim
  • ½ cup Green peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup Onion, minced




  1. Lightly grease 9-inch pie plate with vegetable oil. Pat turkey into pie plate.


  1. Place turkey in 350˚ F oven; bake until turkey no longer remains pink, about 17 to 20 minutes.


  1. Cover turkey with waxed paper.
  2. Cook on high; rotate plate 1/4 turn after 3 minutes.
  3. Cook until turkey no longer remains pink, about 5 more minutes. Drain.


  1. Top baked turkey with spaghetti sauce, cheese, and vegetables.
  2. Return turkey to either the conventional oven or the microwave oven and heat until cheese is melted, about 1 to 2 minutes.


Calories 255 Total fat 14 g Saturated fat 4 g Cholesterol  88 mg  Sodium 376 mg


Add a healthier crust to your pizza

Most of us already know what toppings to add to a pizza to make it healthier, but have you ever thought about the crust. To make healthier pizza crusts, try:

  • Whole-wheat flour. Forgo the traditional white-flour crust and make your whole wheat flour for some extra protein and a yummy, nutty flavor.
  • Thin sandwich bread. Take your favorite deli flat and swap the cold-cuts for your sauce and toppings of choice. (Just give the bread a little toast before topping to avoid any sogginess.)
  • Tortillas. Rice and beans aren’t the only ingredients that can top a tortilla. Make your own whole-wheat tortilla for a perfect thin-crust alternative.
  • Pita bread. Pita pockets are the perfect size for a personal pizza, and the whole wheat variety adds an extra nutritional kick.
  • English muffins. With all the nooks and crannies, an English muffin pizza crust can do no wrong. They toast up perfectly in the oven and are great for making mini-pizzas for a light lunch. (Or as a late night snack!)


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Kid-Friendly Individual Pizza


  • 1 whole wheat pita round
  • 1 ½ tablespoon low-sodium tomato sauceKid-Friendly Individual Pizza
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup low-fat shredded cheese, divided
  • variety of veggie, fruit and/or meat toppings


  1. Place the whole wheat pita on a cookie sheet.
  2. Spread tomato sauce evenly over pita.
  3. Sprinkle seasoning over sauce.
  4. Top with ½ of the cheese.
  5. Layer toppings
  6. Sprinkle remaining cheese over toppings.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  8. Slice and serve with a cold glass of milk.