Low Calorie Creamy Mushroom & Bell Pepper Spaghetti Sauce

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Sometimes, when it comes to dinner, I have to shop from home, see what’s in the fridge/cupboards and use stuff up. That’s exactly what this dish was – using up some mushrooms and half a red bell pepper I’d had hanging out in the fridge for a little too long!

The best thing about this creamy mushroom and bell pepper sauce (that I served over spaghetti) is that it’s pretty low calorie – yet you wouldn’t think it, as it is creamy and decadent at the same time! The sauce works out to be about 220 calories, you then have to account for the amount of spaghetti/pasta you use. I use 40g for a serving, which is about 120 calories, that brings it to about 340 for the dish, throw on a little grated parm for another 40 calories, and well, a delish dish for under 400 calories :D

Low Calorie Creamy Mushroom & Bell Pepper Spaghetti Sauce
Creamy Mushroom & Bell Pepper Spaghetti

Creamy Mushroom & Bell Pepper Spaghetti

Yield: 2


  • 200g pack of light soft cheese with garlic and herbs (e.g., Philadelphia)
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1-2 tbsp skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh chives,snipped
  • one-calorie oil spray (e.g., FryLight)

To serve

  • 80g (dry weight) spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese


  1. Heat up a frying pan and then squirt with a couple of sprays of one-calorie oil spray. Add the onions, peppers and the garlic and gently fry until soft.
  2. Add a few more sprays of the oil spray and add the mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms have softened and started to brown off.
  3. Meanwhile, cook your spaghetti according to the packet instructions.
  4. When the mushrooms are cooked through, add the soft cheese. Stir everything together, adding milk to loosen the sauce a little. Add 1 tbsp of parmesan and stir in. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Drain the spaghetti - reserving a little of the cooking liquid, which can be used to loosen up the sauce some more if you wish.
  6. Divide the spaghetti and sauce between two serving plates. Sprinkle with chives, more black pepper and ½ tbsp of parmesan.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380

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Low Calorie Creamy Mushroom & Bell Pepper Spaghetti Sauce
Low Calorie Creamy Mushroom & Bell Pepper Spaghetti Sauce

Disclaimer: Please remember, I’m not a dietician, I follow and tweak recipes and work out the calorie content using resources online. I lose weight cooking my low calorie dishes, so am confident that I am keeping the calories nice and low. Always check with your doctor before going on any weight loss programme.

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