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Hearty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

 Hearty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
"After years of experimenting, my mom has perfected her hearty spaghetti sauce recipe," notes Jennifer Shaw of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. "It's excellent served with a tossed salad and garlic bread." Although the recipe makes more than two servings, it freezes well.
8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, peppers, celery, onion and garlic
  • over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are
  • tender; drain. Add the mushrooms; cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, bay leaf, sugar, salt,

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Hearty Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • basil, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and
  • simmer for 45 minutes, stirring often. Discard bay leaf. Serve sauce
  • over spaghetti. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 4 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cup (calculated without spaghetti) equals 142 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 424 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.