Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce
1 pound lean hamburger meat (cooked and drained)
I large bottle Ragu Spaghetti sauce (any flavor)
2 cans tomato paste
2 cans diced tomatoes (spicy, flavored, or plain)
I jar sliced mushrooms (optional)
I fresh Zucchini (washed and diced – optional)
Oregano to taste
Parsley to taste
Italian seasoning to taste
1 large onion (diced and optional)
Cook meat in frying pan and then drain by running hot water over it in a strainer to remove some more of the grease. Wash and dice Zucchini. Dice onion. Add all sauces to pot and then add the fresh ingredients (including mushrooms). Stir in the meat and seasonings. Stir all together well and cook on high for 4-5 hours. Fix favorite kind of pasta to accompany the sauce.
This is a great way to get at least two servings of vegetables in one meal if not three servings if you add all the optional ingredients. Vegetables mean FIBER. I like mine chunky! And the hamburger means protein but you can also use a lean turkey (ground) as a substitute. For vegetarians I have had people use tofu or vegetarian hamburger patties broken up into chunks. This is usually a favorite with children too. They need low-fat, high-fiber, and still tasty meals as often as possible to help show them that healthy is not always a bad thing and encourages better eating. Remember that a serving of pasta is only half a cup so be careful to increase the amount of sauce that you eat rather than the pasta. You can top with Parmesan cheese but use sparingly due to the calorie content. I would wager the average serving of one to one and half cup of pasta covered in sauce to be around 45g of carbs and about 270-300 calories (with added cheese topping). You can also freeze any leftovers for future use. If eating for one you can make it into individual servings in air tight containers for up till three months. Great recipe that is easy to serve to large groups of company. Be careful pouring out the pasta into a strainer because I got a second degree burn all over my left hand when the water splashed back up onto it. IT IS VERY HOT!
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