Ok...Who out here LOVES Italian?? I know I do, and it's a favorite in our house all the way around. However, there are times when it just seems like overkill. It's inevitably a heavy meal, whether you're talking about spaghetti & meat sauce, lasagna, manicotti...it tends to be a gut buster, no doubt about it. The primary reason for that is the sauces themselves. The majority are based on either tomato paste or cheese/cream. Both can have a rather filling quality, to be sure.