Recipe: Healthy Pasta Sauce

Healthy Pasta Sauce


1 pound of lean ground beef (preferably grass fed)

1 large can (28oz) of whole peeled tomatoes (preferably organic, on all can goods)

1 large can or 2 (15oz) cans of tomato sauce

2 small (6 oz) cans of tomato paste

1 large yellow or white onion, chopped

1 tablespoon of dried oregano

1 heaping tablespoon of dried basil

1 tablespoon of sugar (less is fine, try 3/4 tsp)

1 tablespoon of salt (less is fine)

1/4 teaspoon of allspice (make sure it’s level)

Dust the top with pepper

Over medium heat brown the ground beef. As you’re browning the ground beef add the chopped onion. Just brown it, don’t overcook it, otherwise the consistency of the meat becomes hard once you serve the sauce. Add the whole peeled tomatoes (break them up, by hand or with a knife). Add tomato sauce and tomato paste. Stir well. Add oregano, basil, sugar, salt, allspice and pepper. Stir well. When the sauce starts to bubble turn the heat to low and let simmer. Stirring occasionally. Let simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes. if you have time, let it cook for an hour.

You can put over your favorite pasta or for a healthier option mix spinach with arugula and pour sauce over and enjoy!

Another option: in a blender add 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes and the chopped onion with 1/4 cup of water, blend and add to the already browned ground beef.

This is a great option for kids and this goes much further than the hearty version above.

Last tip: I freeze individual servings of the sauce so when I don’t have time or I don’t feel like cooking it’s there. Take frozen sauce and put in a bowl of cold water and in no time you’ll be heating up a healthy dinner.



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About the Author: Sheila Heylin, the knowledgeable host of Happiness Series, lives in Chicago and Los Angeles. It was in LA where Sheila discovered healthy living. She realized that “what you’re not used to and what you hate are two different things.” She and Tania partnered to create Happiness Series and build an online and offline community that fosters wellness and happiness.


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