Clean-Eating Hearty Pasta Sauce

Clean-Eating Hearty Pasta Sauce

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This is a satisfyingly hearty sauce that you can feel good about eating! Serve over whole grain spaghetti or brown rice pasta for gluten-free diets.

Servings per recipe: 6
Calories per serving: 436
Preparation time: 20m
Total cooking time: 1h


  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 small zucchinis, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sucanat (crystallized sugar cane juice), or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pasta:
  • 1 (16 ounce) package whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1 gallon water
  • salt


  • 1   Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef, zucchini, onion, and garlic in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  • 2   Stir crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sucanat, basil, sea salt, oregano, and black pepper into beef mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors have blended, at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour for better flavor.
  • 3   While sauce is simmering, bring salted water to a boil and cook spaghetti according to package directions. Serve sauce over hot pasta.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 6.3g 10%
    Saturated Fat 2.0g  
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 2196mg 88%
Potassium 1080mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 80g 26%
Dietary Fiber 14.6g 58%
Protein 22.5g 45%
Sugars 12g  
Vitamin A 1322IU  
Vitamin C 27mg  
Calcium 144mg  
Iron 12mg  
Thiamin 1mg  
Niacin 12mg  
Vitamin B6 1mg  
Magnesium 177mg  
Folate 90mcg