Side Dishes and Sauces - looking for spagetti sauce

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01-26-2009, 03:27 PM
just wondering if anyone might have a simple spagetti sauce recipe thats is low in points i used to have but i lost my book if someone could help that would be great or a marinara sauce thanxs

08-31-2010, 05:15 PM
I always make my own tomato sauce. The bottled stuff is too sweet and too heavy in calories.

8oz can of tomato sauce
can of petite or diced tomatoes (can use crushed tomatoes)
4 garlic cloves, minced (more cloves if desired)
small onion, chopped
red chili flakes (optional)

If you use onions, saute onions in pan until soft. Saute garlic for 30 secs to 1 minute then add can tomatoes for a few minutes. Then add canned tomato sauce and stir until bubbly. Once bubbling, simmer sauce and add seasonings. Add seasonings to your taste.

This will be a good base for any pasta. Just add veggies (mushrooms, spinach) or lean ground meat for a good spaghetti sauce.

08-31-2010, 05:34 PM
I do make homemade sauces occasionally, but I usually doctor a jarred sauce. I love the flavor of a couple relatively low-calorie(point) jarred sauces, and I usually dilute them further by adding diced tomatoes or tomato juice (or V-8, especially spicy V-8) to decrease the calorie count per serving.

For example, I love the mushroom spaghetti sauces from Aldi (Reggano is the brand name). It's not only the cheapest spaghetti sauce I've ever bought, it's one of the best tasting, and fairly reasonable calorie-wise (even before doctoring). It's 99 cents for a l26 oz jar (80 calories per half cup serving). I add diced tomatoes to cut the calories per serving to 50 to 60 calories (depending on how large the can of diced tomatoes). If I use a 14 to 16 oz can of diced tomatoes the calorie count is about 60 calories (1 point) and if I use 2 cans, the calorie count the calorie count is about 50 calories (still 1 point).

I will sometimes add more garlic or garlic powder, but usually it doesn't need any more seasoning than that. Sometimes I will add diced green pepper and onion (that can lower the calorie/point count even further, but it still usually comes out to at least 45 calories per half cup - so still 1 point).