Heart Healthy Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce Recipe
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is softened. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add parsley and simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions until just tender. In a colander, drain pasta and return pasta to pot. Add 1/4 cup tomato sauce to pasta and toss to coat.
Transfer pasta to bowls and top with remaining sauce, cheese and additional parsley, if desired.
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About This Healthy Recipe
Store bought spaghetti sauce can be loaded with sodium, as well as other unwanted ingredients. It can also be high in calories. But the low sodium spaghetti sauce in this recipe is easy to make and it’s easy on your heart because of the wholesome ingredients in it. Plus, it tastes great, too! Once you start making your own heart healthy spaghetti sauce, you’ll likely never go back to store-bought sauce again. Here’s how we made this spaghetti sauce healthier: Low Sodium When you make your own sauce, you are in control of how much salt is added. This low sodium spaghetti sauce starts with a can of crushed tomatoes. The tomatoes are then jazzed up with the addition of flavorful ingredients like garlic, onion, parsley and pepper, with only a little bit of salt. The result is a tasty sauce that has only 381g of sodium, including the multigrain spaghetti it tops. Make this heart healthy spaghetti sauce for a quick weeknight meal or cook up a big batch and freeze it so it’s ready to go even when you’re short on time. Low Fat Speaking of heart healthy, you’ll be happy to know that this recipe contains 0g of saturated fat per serving and only 4g of total fat. The fat in the sauce comes from heart healthy olive oil, as well as a small amount of parmesan cheese that’s added. Eating low fat spaghetti sauce over fiber-rich multigrain pasta is a heart healthy dinner option, although everyone loves it even if they’re not concerned about their heart health. Low Calorie Although you may think that pasta is off limits if you’re trying to lose weight, the fact is that a single serving of this low calorie spaghetti sauce over pasta is less than 350 calories. Pair it with a small side salad and you have a heart healthy meal that won’t sabotage your diet. Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is a great way to keep your heart healthier.