Spaghetti is one of the most popular Italian dishes and for good reason - it's quick, easy, and delicious. However, traditional spaghetti recipes can often be high in calories and fat due to the meat sauce. In this blog post, we'll show you how to make a healthy meat sauce for spaghetti that's both flavorful and nutritious.
- 1 pound Farm2Fork lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
- 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
Add the lean ground beef to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes or until it's browned and fully cooked.
Drain any excess fat from the skillet and return it to the stove.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir well to combine.
Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
Serve the meat sauce over cooked spaghetti, garnished with fresh herbs or grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
Tips for Making a Healthy Meat Sauce:
Use lean ground beef: Choosing a lean ground beef with a lower fat content can significantly reduce the overall calorie and fat content of the sauce.
Drain any excess fat: After cooking the ground beef, drain any excess fat from the skillet before adding the other ingredients to reduce the fat content even further.
Add vegetables: Adding diced vegetables, such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini, can increase the nutritional value of the sauce and add more flavour and texture.
Use whole grain pasta: Choosing whole grain spaghetti instead of traditional white pasta can add more fiber to your meal and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Control your portion size: Eating a smaller portion of spaghetti with a moderate amount of sauce can help you maintain a healthy diet while still enjoying your favourite pasta dish.
Remember to use high-quality ingredients and adjust the seasoning to your taste preferences. Bon appétit!