Diabetes Support - I need a good Diabetic Spaghetti sauce

ThinGirl in FatBody
06-11-2007, 07:55 PM
I have been enjoying whole wheat noodles, with lots of sauted veggies and a fat free Spaghetti sauce called "Healthy Choice" but I just noticed on the label that there is sugar added :dizzy:

Can anyone recommend a good jar sauce, or homemade sauce that I can make in a big batch and freeze small servings?

Thanks :smug:

06-11-2007, 08:26 PM
If you're already sauteeing the veggies, then you're halfway there. I make a homemade sauce with Unico crushed tomatoes. I think there might be salt added but no sugar.

I sautee onions, garlic, peppers and mushrooms. (or whatever you like!) When they're nice and soft I add two cans (you get a nice big pot of sauce) of Unico crushed tomatoes (my husband thinks they taste the best) and cook for between 30 minutes and two hours..depending on how much time I have. Add any seasonings you like, we just use a lot oregano and, if you like the sauce a bit sweet, add some Splenda. You can eat it as is, make it a meat sauce or we just add Yves Just Like Ground. Makes a huge pot, tastes like a really good, thick, meat sauce and is really healthy.

I like this sauce so much that I can eat it as is, but it's nice over a small amount of whole wheat pasta.

Hope this helps and if you try it, let me know if you like it!


ThinGirl in FatBody
06-11-2007, 09:05 PM
Hi there, that sounds really good

I was saute'ing onions, zucchini, red peppers, mushrooms, celery, garlic & green peppers with some Mrs Dash which gives it a nice kick of pepper.

I will pick up some crushed tomatoes and give it a shot.

Good tip about the splenda :)

Thanks for your help

06-11-2007, 10:46 PM
I use clasico, "florentine spinach & cheese". It is the only one I have found with no sugar added. And it is realy good.

ThinGirl in FatBody
06-12-2007, 08:25 AM
HI Puncezilla :) How's the calories/fat in it?

06-12-2007, 04:45 PM
per 1/2 cup It has
80 calories, 5 gr fat.

If you want a lower calorie one you could try the classico spicy red pepper. It has 60 cal, 1 gram fat. Per1/2 cup. No added sugar. I just bought it and have'nt tasted it yet so I dont know how good it is.

ThinGirl in FatBody
06-12-2007, 04:49 PM
Well I like spicy! - so I'll give it a shot. I feel embarrassed for totally not reading the labels - I saw 'Healthy Choice" and just assumed there would be no sugar/salt/fat

How bad was this sauce I was eating? it says 8 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup - but I wasn't having that much, maybe a quarter cup. How bad would that be for my blood sugar?

06-12-2007, 05:01 PM
Hey . . . it's not like you are eating it by the bowlfull, you know.

Don't forget that the amount of sugar listed on the nutritional panel also includes the natural sugar in the tomatoes and onions any other veggies that might just happen to be in there. Take a look at the ingredients listing too. As long as any added sugar is fairly well down the list, things really shouldn't be too bad. It is difficult to find totally perfect foods all the time.

Have a good day . . . :carrot:

06-12-2007, 05:13 PM
I'm already starving and this delicious post is not helping! Now I need to check my sauce for the sugar content :o

ThinGirl in FatBody
06-12-2007, 06:21 PM
As long as any added sugar is fairly well down the list, things really shouldn't be too bad.

Bahahaha.. sugar is 3rd on the list, and then corn syrup :o

06-12-2007, 06:46 PM
Okay . . . go find another brand . . . talk about false advertising . . . wonder why they think they should call it 'healthy choice'?

ThinGirl in FatBody
06-12-2007, 07:16 PM
That is the company name, they have all kinds of products. I guess because it is fat free it's healthy.

ThinGirl in FatBody
06-13-2007, 06:29 PM
So I hit the grocery store today for my canned tomatoes. ALL of the tomato products had sugar, not always added, but just because tomatoes have sugar natually. It ranged from 2grams - 10 grams per 1/2 cup serving so I picked the lowest crushed tomatoes I could find.

I am going to make it later tonight in a big pot, I have lots of onion, zucchini, red, green and yellow peppers, celery, mushrooms, carrots and GARLIC!

Thanks for the help everyone. :)

06-13-2007, 06:49 PM
Good move, Thin . . .

President's choice brand has a good brand with no added salt either. Don't know if they have crushed -- I tend to use diced for everything, including sauce.

ThinGirl in FatBody
06-13-2007, 06:51 PM
I don't have a Loblaws near me, only A & P. I had a look at their Master Choice but it had one of the higher in sugars. I eventually went with an organic brand with no salt.

06-13-2007, 06:55 PM
to the crushed tomatoes and veggies i would also add a small can of tomato paste to make the sauce thicker. it sticks to the pasta better.

07-16-2007, 10:08 PM
Hunts "no sugar added" in the can - it's just a basic sauce but you can add veggies to it. Also, Classico makes a tomato and basil that is sugar free.

07-21-2007, 09:39 PM
I'm gonna put my two cents in here...If you start with good tomatoes then no sugar is needed. I don't know how the sugar thing started in America but I know in Italy Sicilians are huge on sweet food because of the whole Arab influence. Other than that I have yet to find a recipe from anywhere that includes sugar. The only time someone would dare use sugar was if they had rotten tomatoes.

If you buy crushed tomatoes you are buying tomatoes that are processed. You're best bet is to buy canned whole, peeled plum tomatoes and crush them yourself. Canned tomatoes ares supposed to be sweet (remember tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable). A very good brand is Tuttorosso. If you can't find that then the get another higher priced brand. Trust me that you won't regret it and you will not need sugar.

And last, but not least, don't put oregano in your sauce! It will give it a nasty after taste. Onions, fresh garlic, olive oil and fresh basil is all you need for a good sauce.

07-21-2007, 09:57 PM
My mom and grandmother only added sugar to their spaghetti sauce if the tomatoes (usually from the garden) where too acidic - either picked too soon, or just a variety that was more acidic.

07-28-2007, 02:47 AM
I would check into any of JoAnna M. Lund's cookbooks or her website Healthy Exchanges.