We love spaghetti! I love my sauce meatless while my husband has to have a little bit of sauce with his meat. One thing we agree on is LOTS of garlic! Garlic is so good for our bodies. It is packed with antioxidants that support your immune system which means it keeps colds and viruses away. It helps increase your metabolism to stay lean, and it even decreases bloat and swelling. You can physically rub it on swollen areas like cold sores or rashes and the anti viral, bacterial, and fungal properties will help heal the boo-boo.
We are not very fond of store bought canned spaghetti sauce because it’s loaded with sugar and salt. Plus, it just doesn’t taste as fresh as homemade.
During the summer months we can batches of diced tomatoes so that throughout the winter months we are able to indulge in the sweet, red, hearty flavors of our tomatoes.
Try not to be afraid of homemade sauces. They don’t necessarily need to take hours to simmer.
Basic Meat Sauce
Serves 4; 250 calories each
1 tbsp EVOO
6 garlic cloves
1/2 an onion
1/2 pkg mushrooms – I like baby bella
1 32 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 lb lean ground turkey
1/4 tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 dried bay leaf
Salt to taste
Heat up a large sauce pan with 1 tablespoon EVOO on medium/medium-high heat. Add the meat and completely cook the ground turkey. Sauté garlic, onions, and mushrooms with the meat until onions are translucent.
For the canned tomatoes: my husband likes smooth sauces; I like chunky ones. So, we compromise. I purée half the tomatoes. You could even purée the mushrooms if your family are extreme picky eaters. I just chop mine up small so they think it’s meat!
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices, then let it simmer on low for as long as you like. I usually start the pasta or spaghetti squash that way the sauce simmers while it’s cooking. Add salt, sparingly, till your taste buds are smilling.
Serve it on your favorite pasta!
I love mine with spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is so easy to cook, but most people so not realized it. Plus, there are multiple ways to cook it. I always go for the quickest and easiest way. I cut it in half, gut it, then nuke it for 7-10 minutes depending on how big it is. Fork out the “spaghetti” & serve!