Healthy and Delicious Clean Eating Hearty Pasta Sauce Recipe

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Healthy and Delicious Clean Eating Hearty Pasta Sauce Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
65mins
Category:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on June 10, 2024

This clean-eating hearty pasta sauce recipe is perfect for those looking for a healthy and satisfying meal. Made with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, vegetables, herbs, and lean ground meat, this sauce is packed with flavor and nutrients. It is a great way to enjoy a classic comfort food dish without sacrificing your health goals.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Whole wheat pasta of your choice

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, brown the ground meat over medium heat until cooked through. Remove any excess fat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, zucchini, and carrot to the pan and cook until vegetables are soft.
  3. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Stir in fresh basil before serving.
  5. Cook the whole wheat pasta according to package instructions. Serve the pasta topped with the hearty sauce.
  6. Enjoy your clean eating hearty pasta sauce!

Interesting Facts

  • This recipe is a great way to sneak in extra vegetables for a nutritious boost.
  • Using lean ground meat keeps the dish light and healthy.
  • Fresh herbs add a burst of flavor without the need for excessive salt or sugar.