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Low-Sodium Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours 10 min.

Makes

10 servings (2.50 quarts)

There are just 57 milligrams of sodium in each cup of this thick fresh-tasting spaghetti sauce created by our Test Kitchen staff. Compare that to commercially prepared spaghetti sauces, which can contain as much as 900 milligrams per cup!
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cans (29 ounces each) tomato puree
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup red wine or additional water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same skillet, saute mushrooms, peppers, onion and garlic in oil until softened.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, combine the next nine ingredients. Add beef and sauteed vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours.
  3. Stir in parsley and sugar. Discard bay leaves before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 174 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.

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