Don't use the thinner spaghetti and cook a minute or two less if you usually like your pasta al dente! Oh my goodness... A fellow RN brought this to work once. I have been asking her for TWO YEARS for the recipe and have searched and searched the internet. Finally she emailed it to me! This one dish meal is so freaking good!!!!! Don't be afraid of the ingredients , just try it! Your family will probably fight over the leftovers!