Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Sneaky Spaghetti Sauce

Servings: 6
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total: 1 hour
Calories per serving: 151


  • 1 pound ground lean turkey
  • 1 medium onion, 6 ounces, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, 4 ounces, grated
  • 1 medium rib of celery, 3 ounces, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, 6 ounces, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tablespoon crushed dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-ounce no salt added Italian-style tomatoes, in puree
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce no salt added diced tomatoes, with juice
  • ½ cup water


  1. In a large saucepan, crumble the turkey and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until turkey is white throughout. Drain off all fat.
  2. Add the onion, carrot, celery, zucchini, and garlic. Continue to cook, stirring, until vegetables are limp, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients, using the back of a spoon to break up whole tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and cook, partially covered, over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Serve over cooked pasta.

Note: This sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.


Nutrition Information

Per serving:151 calories (7% calories from fat), 21 g protein, 1 g total fat (0.3 g saturated fat), 15 g carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 51 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium
Exchanges:2 very lean meat, 3 vegetable


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