This homemade sauce is fantastic…I know you’re going to LOVE it!!! The sauce is slow-simmered to create a luxuriously rich flavor. It makes 8 servings and freezes great. I like this sauce over zucchini noodles, as shown in the photo. It’s so versatile, you can serve it over gluten-free noodles, steamed spaghetti squash, broccoli slaw, a medley of steamed vegetables, or stuffed in a baked potato. And if you’re not gluten-free, it’s perfect over whole-grain spaghetti. Each ¾ cup serving has only 135 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 2 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 2 Green.
Prep Time: 20 minutes (including browning beef)
Cook Time: 4 hours on HIGH heat or 8 hours on LOW heat
2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
1 pound extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey, see shopping tips
¼ cup tomato paste
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ + ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, in tomato puree
1 cup tomato sauce (from a can), for gluten-free use one such as Del Monte or Contadina
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Zucchini pasta, optional
Parmesan cheese, grated for topping, optional
1. Add ground beef to a large nonstick pan. Cook beef until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove beef from pan and pour into a colander in the sink to drain the fat. Blot beef with paper towels. Place beef in crock-pot and add all the remaining sauce ingredients up to oregano. Mix well. Cover and cook on HIGH heat for 4 hours or on LOW heat for 8 hours.
2. My skinny facts and Weight Watchers points are just for the meat sauce. This sauce is gluten-free. To keep gluten-free, serve over steamed zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, broccoli slaw, steamed veggies, gluten-free pasta or stuffed into a baked potato. If you’re not on a gluten-free diet, this sauce tastes terrific over whole grain pasta.
3. To make zucchini noodles: Use a julienne peeler, mandoline or vegetable spiral, see shopping tips below. Place zucchini noodles in a large bowl and cook in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes, until soft. Drain liquid. To serve: Add 1-1½ cups cooked zucchini noodles to each plate. Top with ¾ cup sauce. Top each with 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
Makes 8 servings of meat sauce total. Each serving ¾ cup sauce
Happily, most supermarkets sell lean ground beef. I used the 96% lean ground beef from Trader Joe’s.
Target.com sells the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer.
Amazon sells both the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer and
Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 2-Blue
WW SmartPoints 2-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 4
|SKINNY FACTS: for ¾ cup serving of meat sauce
135 cal, 3g fat, 1g sat. fat, 25mg chol, 15g prot, 16g carbs, 4g fiber, 468mg sod, 5g sugar
|FACTS: for Freestyle Points
86 calories, 1g sat. fat, 12g protein, 3g sugar