Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday Night Spaghetti.

I love a big bowl of spaghetti with a rich meat sauce just as much as anyone, but I love it even more when I know it's good for me too.  My original meat sauce recipe used ground beef, pork, and veal, but these days I use lean ground turkey and turkey sausage and it tastes great!  I've also made the switch from white pasta to whole wheat- when will Weight Watchers Smart Ones and Lean Cuisines make this change too?!?!?!

This recipe is made in a large stock pot, so make sure you have plenty of containers for freezing leftovers.  There's nothing better than making a homemade pasta dinner in 15 minutes by just thawing sauce and boiling noodles!

Italian Turkey Meat Sauce

2 green bell peppers
1 medium red onion
6 cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 package extra lean ground turkey meat (20 oz, Jenny O brand is preferred)
2 links hot Italian seasoned turkey sausages, casings removed (Jenny O preferred)
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
2 large cans crushed tomatoes (San Marzano brand is preferred)
3 cans tomato sauce (San Marzano brand is preferred)
3 small cans tomato paste (San Marzano brand is preferred)
¼ cup sugar (optional)

Dice peppers, onions and garlic and put in bottom of large stockpot.  Add olive oil and saut√© for five minutes over medium-high heat.  Add all meat and brown.  Reduce heat to low and add all tomato products and sugar.  Add seasonings to taste.  Simmer at least two hours, as long as seven hours.  Remove bay leaves before serving.

Serve over your favorite pasta, count 4 points plus value per half cup.

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