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Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

Updated on June 21, 2017
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As I was strolling through the grocery store the other day I was inspired by the newly stocked rows of carrots. They looked so FRESH! Bushy green tops and vibrant orange skins. I went to the grocery store to pick up a few ingredients to make spaghetti for supper. I considered adding carrots to my meal somehow. As a side. Maybe part of a salad. What if I added carrots to the meat sauce? I recall seeing an episode of Live with Kelly and Michael where they added a combination of celery and carrots into spaghetti sauce during a cooking segment. Why not give it a try! The addition increases the nutrition content and taste…perfect for a savoury sauce.

Carrots are packed with a powerful antioxidant called beta-carotene. Beta carotene protects against some types of cancer, heart disease, and inflammation in the body. Carrots help protect cells, support eye health, boost the immune system, help your reproductive system function properly, and reduce inflammation. This is especially important for building and maintaining healthy tissue and skin.

Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 5 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Total time 1 hour 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound of lean ground chicken
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes puree
  • 2 Medium carrots, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Small yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 Cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Cup fresh basil
  • 2 Tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tsp black ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Using a food processor, puree onions, carrots, and garlic cloves. Set aside.
  2. In a dutch oven or non-stick pot, heat oil on medium heat. Add chicken and cook through, about 7 minutes stirring often.
  3. On medium heat stir in crushed tomatoes and pureed vegetables. Let sauce cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in chopped basil, oregano, pepper, and turn heat to a simmer. Let sauce cook for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve on top of pasta noodles cooked as per package instructions and top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

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