Friday, February 11, 2011

Recipe Friday: Veggie Packed Spaghetti Sauce

"Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner." Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren: "Everything you see, I owe to Spaghetti."
 Spaghetti is a kid friendly food that's fun to eat.  What kid wouldn't want to inhale his dinner like a vacuum cleaner?

My kids are picky eaters and they hate vegetables, so I make spaghetti with meat sauce once a week to ensure that some green foods secretly invade their bodies.  Any visible flecks of green render pasta sauce inedible, according to my kids.  So to combat this reaction,  I employ a brigade of vegetables, pureed to a pulp, that become camouflaged under the blood red sauce.  Then while the boys enjoy slurping up their spaghetti, they have no idea they're eating something that's actually healthy!

At one time I used sauce from a jar, but making it from scratch is pretty easy.  Plus, it doesn't contain anything bad, like high fructose corn syrup.

I'm sharing this recipe (one I've concocted on my own) in the quantity that I make, which is rather plentiful. But you can freeze what's left, or use it to prepare another pasta entree, like lasagna.

Hope you and your kids enjoy this!

Veggie Packed Spaghetti Sauce

1 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground chicken
1/2 t salt, plus 1 t salt divided
1/2 t pepper, plus 1 t pepper divided
1 t Italian seasoning
1 t garlic powder, plus 2  garlic powder divided
1 t onion powder
1/3 cup flour
1 T dried basil
1T sugar
4 14 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
2 14 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 7 oz. can tomato paste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup red wine

Heat olive oil in a large pot.  Microwave onion, carrots, green pepper and zucchini on high for 10 minutes,  then process in food processor to make a puree.

Brown meat with vegetable puree.  Season with 1/2 t salt, 1/2 t pepper, 1 t garlic powder, Italian seasoning and onion powder.

In a samll bowl, combine flour, sugar, basil, and remaining salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Set aside.  Once meat is browned, stir in flour mixture until well combined, and then add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Parmesan cheese and red wine.  Bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 35 minutes. Makes 12 servings.

What's your favorite pasta? Tweet me @: maria_mckenzie.  Have a great weekend!


Melissa said...

Yummy! My mom puts a lot of vegetables in her spaghetti sauce. She even uses veggie beef for the meat!

Susan Fields said...

Hello from a fellow crusader!

I make spaghetti from scratch also, using my mother's recipe that was my favorite meal when I was little. Homemade is so much better than canned!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I do the same with my spaghetti-- zucchini, onions, celery, peppers of all kinds, anything goes. Love those quotes by the great and beautiful Sophia Loren!

Anonymous said...

Spaghetti, yum! One of our favorite foods.

The Words Crafter said...

OH!!!! I should never read yummy recipes when I haven't eaten breakfast yet!!!! This looks deceptively *wink* delicious!

I have a goodie for you on my blog!

Hanny said...

You can't argue with Sophia! That looks really great. Sometimes it's very nice to have a meat-free dinner.

Rick Watson said...

Wow! I forwarded this to my wife. She's a great cook and always looking for new things to cook.
Very nice.

William Kendall said...

Sounds delicious!