(Sorry in advance for the lack of pictures, but Blogger was giving me major trouble when I was trying to load them. At least you get to see the first and the last pic!)
I switched the meat to lean ground turkey and used about 2/3 of what the recipe calls for. I added some diced carrots to make up for the bulk and omitted the salt. I wanted to use all reduced sodium tomato products, but when I went to the store I could only find No Added Salt Tomato Sauce (I guess that’s what I get for going early on a Sunday morning when the whole store was picked over).
The recipe was pretty simple, just a lot of chopping. I finally got it all chopped and cooked and set it to simmering while I worked on cooking up some pasta. One of these days I’m going to try spaghetti squash, but until then, I’m in love with this Barilla pasta made with a flour/bean flour blend.
The final product . . .
It tasted pretty good. It was really meaty. Not really “meaty” from the sauce, but really chunky. I think I tend to prefer my spaghetti sauce a little bit saucier. I actually used some of it a couple days later on a pita pizza and it was just too chunky and the flavors took away from the pizza taste I was looking for (because you know I love me some pizza!)
Nutritionally speaking, the lightened up version has less calories and fat. It was amazing to see how much switching to a leaner meat and using less of it actually impacted the nutrition stats! Even though I didn’t end up using reduced sodium tomato products, my version is lower in salt, just from omitting the 1 tsp that the original recipe calls for!
|Nutritional Information (OLD)||Nutritional Information (NEW)|
|Servings Per Recipe: 8||Servings Per Recipe: 8|
|Amount Per Serving||Amount Per Serving|
|Calories: 351||Calories: 152|
|Fat: 23 g||Fat: 4.4 g|
|Sodium: 1009 mg||Sodium: 593 mg|
|Fiber: 3.6 g||Fiber: 4.1 g|
Here’s the recipe!
Chunky Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 carrot, diced (about 1/2 c)
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, No Added Salt
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp Splenda
1 c water
Brown the ground turkey in a large pot and drain any fat. Add the onion, bell pepper, carrots and garlic clove and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, seasonings and water. Simmer for 30 minutes and serve with your favorite spaghetti.