P90x Spaghetti


The nice thing about the P90x nutrition plan is that, even though you are on a low-carb diet in the first phase, as long as you keep track of your portions, you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods. Take this tasty P90x spaghetti recipe – it is warm, hearty, and something you always used to eat before you were “dieting.” Serve it with Grilled Parmesan Zucchini in the place of garlic bread!


  • 1 lb ultra-lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 cups cooked whole-wheat spaghetti (approx. 5 oz. dry)
  • 4 oz. Parmesan cheese (optional)

Heat skillet over medium high heat. Brown ground beef, draining fat. Bring a large pot of water to boiling and cook spaghetti according to package directions. Add tomato sauce and seasonings to skillet, cooking and stirring for an additional 5-10 minutes. Serve over pasta, with 1 oz. Parmesan cheese over each serving.



P90x Nutrition Plan Portions:
¼ of recipe is 1 protein serving, ½ vegi serving, 1 carb serving, 1 dairy serving.

P.S. I have also since successfully made this with vegan “soy protein crumbles” – it comes out great! I call it soyghetti. =)

I won’t be posting tomorrow, so more Thursday! – CJ =)


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  1. Kristen

    This was awesome!!!! I added one sweet red pepper and it was amazing! I felt like I was cheating eating this! Thanks for the post!

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Kristen! I know, I love this meal. It’s funny – the P90x nutrition plan makes it very possible to eat a few foods that don’t feel like diet foods as long as you keep track of your portions!! Next time you have a carb serving to spare, try eating French Toast for breakfast! 😉
      – CJ =)

  2. Moomy

    Hi I just wanted to say thanks for this site as trying to figure out the nutrition guide was doing my head in lol the way that you have put in how many of your daily servings the recipe uses will make it easy for me to have a varied tasty diet instead of just chicken lol

    Would it be ok to refrigerate this so I can have 4 meals from it or possibly freeze it ? That would certainly take even more grief out.

  3. Julius Rainey

    This site is amazing…I tried the spaghetti tonight and it was awesome…thanks for this.

  4. Adam Burgess

    Just wondering, I will be cooking for two, are these meals for just one person? If so do I just double the ingredients?

    1. CJ =)

      Hi Adam!
      You can tell how many people my recipes serve by looking at the P90x Nutrition Plan Portions section. For instance, in this spaghetti recipe, it states that “1/4 of recipe is 1 protein serving, ½ vegi serving, 1 carb serving, 1 dairy serving.” That means that it serves 4. In some instances the recipe will be for a single serving, in which case I will say “Full recipe provides…” or 2 people, “1/2 recipe provides…”
      Does that help? =)
      – CJ =)

  5. Janice

    The pasta was really good even though I goofed and put double on the spices…..thought I was using a tsp measure and I was using a 2 tsp measure. oops

    1. CJ =)

      That’s great, Janice! I’m so glad you liked it.
      That’s one of my favorite things about this particular recipe – it’s very forgiving. I typically don’t even measure my spices out, just sprinkle them across the pan of marinara and ground beef until I feel like stopping! But of course, people wouldn’t thank me for saying “eyeball it!” so I figured out these measurements. =)
      – CJ =)

  6. Janice

    Why does everything say Tuesday 27, 2010????

    1. CJ =)

      Thanks, Janice. I hope you like the spaghetti.
      About the comment dates, I DON’T KNOW!! LOL. I keep trying to troubleshoot this with no luck! I agree it’s weird! =)
      – CJ =)

      1. CJ =)

        Yay, I finally figured it out!!! =) The comment dates are fixed!!!
        – CJ =)

  7. Janice

    Hi! Trying this recipe tonight – you have a great site! Thanks

  8. Lauren

    This recipe is delicious and one serving yields a lot! I added 2 cups of mushrooms (from my leftover muffin cup fritattas!!) to make it one whole veggie serving per spaghetti servings. Thanks for your site CJ, it is great!!!

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Lauren!
      So glad you like this!! My hubby is always so happy if he discovers that this is for dinner. =) One additional thing I do to pump up the vegi servings is sometimes I saute or microwave half of a red bell pepper, puree it, and add it to the sauce. It totally disappears into the sauce and adds another 1/2 vegi serving. =)
      Thanks for taking the time to comment!!
      – CJ =)

  9. hannah

    I love your site…thanks for recipes, I started p90x this week but was not going to do the nutrition as I am a very fussy eater but after seeing your recipes, I will give it a go next week! Thanks so much!

    1. CJ =)

      Thanks for your comment, Hannah!
      I’m so glad that this site makes it seem more doable for you. If even one person is more successful with changing their life and body using P90x because of this site, it makes it worth the effort! If you’re a picky eater, I’d definitely suggest the portion approach over the meal plan approach. With the portion approach, to a certain degree you can tailor the program to you particular tastes. =)
      Best of luck, and let us know how it works out for you!
      – CJ =)

  10. Jeanette Cefre

    First, I think it is amazing what you are doing. I’m on Day 5 and also struggle with managing nutrition. My problem is how do I measure? For example, for this recipe you state a quarter of the recipe is x servings, etc., etc. How do I measure out a 1/4 of this entire recipe. It must seem like a silly question, I realize, but Im stumped. Do I measure out the pasta, the sauce, individually?

    Thanks in advance for your help.,

    1. CJ =)

      Hi Jeanette!
      To be honest, I typically just eyeball it! With this one, I probably would do the sauce and the pasta separately. I’d fill a one-cup measuring cup to measure out the pasta (since one cup of cooked whole-wheat pasta is one P90x carb serving), then top it with my estimated 1/4 of the sauce. To do that I’d take the pan of sauce and divide it in half with my spatula, divide the halves into halves, and then call it good enough. (But if you want to be more detailed about it, once the sauce is done you could measure the final volume in cups, see how many cups you end up with, and divide that number by four for the exact number of cups you should use for each serving.)

      I think that we need to be detailed here to a point, but at the same time we should be forgiving with ourselves. The important thing is that you are making yourself a very nutritious, healthy, and P90x-friendly meal – it’s my opinion that a Tablespoon more or less is not going to make or break you.
      I hope this helps!
      – CJ =)

  11. Ramona

    thanks cj,
    yes that definitely helped…since i cant seem to find my nutritionguide today haha
    so if i was to eat a cup of greek yogurt (i think thats the size of them anyhow) i can still count that as one dairy…
    i believe im gonna have to pay closer attention to this…
    so far ive been goin by eating around 1600-1700cals with the ratio of 40% 40% and 20%, for phase 2…according to the guide im a level 2, but i find it hard to eat as much as they want me to and to keep it at 40 carbs and 40 protein…


    1. CJ =)

      Hey Ramona! I have my own theory about how to choose your level – if you are eating enough calories for your target weight, I think you’re good. =)
      – CJ =)

  12. Ramona

    great website cj,
    glad i found it….
    im curious where in this spaghetti recipe is the 1 dairy serving, i just dont see it…
    esp if the cheese is optional…and 4oz of cheese isnt much at all…so technically thw whole meal would have 4 servings of dairy…is 1oz of cheese one dairy serving?!

    guess im gonn ahve to pull my guide out again…

    thank you, ramona

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Ramona!
      Yes, 1 oz of Parmesan (or any other low-fat cheese) is 1 dairy serving. So the whole recipe gives 4 dairy servings, and you get 1 dairy serving if you eat 1/4 of it! The only exceptions are for part-skim Mozzerella (1 1/2 oz. is one dairy serving) and more liquid-type cheeses like cottage cheese, yogurt, and milk, where one dairy serving is 1 cup.

      If you omit the cheese, you can omit the dairy serving! =)
      I hope this helps.
      – CJ =)

  13. Michael

    Hello CJ! I am a guy from Stockholm, Sweden who has started the p90x program with my girlfriend. Honestly, we were about to quit before we even started when we saw the nutrition guide that was included in the box. It sounded incredibly difficult and not so much for people like us, that is not having time to find 1000 ingredients and cook all day long…many of the ingredients aren’t even possible to find here and there is simply no time to do that when you have everything else on your plate, work, children, friends, and just living your life. It’s about commitment but it shouldn’t destroy the rest of your life. At least that’s my point of view. I was desperately searching the web for someone that had done this and was like me, just human and not a fitness guru. Then I came across your blog…you can’t imagine how glad I was finding your simple yet great and well written recipes!! I couldn’t believe that you had interpreted the guide so well and made that many recipes, it just made our lives so much easier since none of us is a good cook/chef. We can’t praise you enough for sharing your knowledge in such a witty way. Your site is also very well-built, it’s just a great piece of information and work. Many thanks and please keep it up! Kind regards from Stockholm!

    1. CJ =)

      Wow Michael, your comment just made my day!! How awesome to hear that this site has made it possible for you guys to stick with P90x. That makes it so worth the effort. I totally know what you mean about being overwhelmed when looking at the guide. It was intimidating for me, and I was only in charge of HALF of it – I didn’t even have to think about the fitness aspect of things!

      I totally agree that P90x is important, but it shouldn’t destroy your life. I’m a mom of three who also works from home, so I really don’t have time to kill myself over the recipes in the guide. I’ve also never been a good cook!! LOL!! I never thought that would be an asset, but I guess I’ve finally found my niche. I don’t cook for pleasure, and neither do P90xers – when you’re exercising for an hour a day, the last thing you need is a huge effort for dinner!

      The amazing thing has really been realizing how many different, versatile dishes are possible with the P90x food list. At first I was handing my hubby the plain, unadorned foods (here is a 3 oz. chunk of ham. here’s a 3 oz. chunk of chicken. EAT THEM! lol), but as time went on I started realizing that I could combine them to make some of the stuff we like. Now I’m at the point that whenever I eat anything tasty I start wondering how to P90x-it!!

      Anyway, thanks again so much for your comment. It feel so good to know that I’m making a difference with this. =)
      – CJ =)

  14. Kyle

    Thanks for this site! I haven’t even started p90x yet (just ordered it, waiting on it to arrive). But, after looking at your recipes, I have started making them already and every one of them has been great. These are great recipes and not just for p90x. I am excited to get started on the program

    1. CJ =)

      That is so awesome, Kyle! How great that you are getting started making the recipes already. Maybe the nutrition aspect of P90x will be less of a shock since you are getting yourself used to it before-hand! =)
      – CJ =)

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