Wed 13 Feb, 2008 10:12 pm
I am looking for a pasta sauce recipe that would be ok for someone that has heart problems.
I'll be back later but I'm thinking something without cheese but instead with vegetables would be good. Would adding olive oil be okay, or is weight loss desired (a little olive oil should even be fine for that, you just don't want to add a lot as it does pack on the calories)?
I believe olive oil is good for everyone.
Here is a basic recipe. It relies more of flavorful veggies and hot pepper flakes than salt for taste. Buy really good canned tomatoes - I like Muir Glen Organic. You can also use fresh tomotoes when they are in season.
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp. hot pepper flakes
3 cloves chopped/minced garlic
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot or 1/2 large carrot, finely chopped
1 small stalk of celery, including the green tops, finely chopped
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
(dried oregano is also an option)
1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, including the juice, or 1 3/4 pound of fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon tomato paste (optional for thickness)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Heat olive oil in a large wide skillet on medium heat. Add the hot pepper flakes and garlic. Saute a minute or two. Add the chopped onion, carrot, celery and parsley. Stir to coat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are softened and cooked through. Careful not to burn, you can add a little water (2Tbsp) to speed up the process.
2 Remove cover. Increase the heat to medium high. Add the tomatoes, including the juice and shredding them with your fingers or cut them with a knife or kitchen scissors. Add the tomato paste and the basil (or oregano). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a low simmer, reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered until thickened, about 15 minutes.
Trick for meat lovers: Buy a package of Boca or Morning Star soy faux ground meat crumbles . Add 1 Tbs. fennel seeds at the same time you add the hot pepper flakes. Add the soy crumbs 5 minutes before serving the sauce. It will taste like Italian sausages are in the mix. Really. I promise.
This sauce can be made ahead of time or double the recipe and freeze half.
This would go wonderful over large thick slices of baked eggplant.
Without the crumbles, I estimate that the entire pot of sauce shakes out this way re nutrition:
Calories from Fat 270
Total Fat 30 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1,240 mg
Total Carbohydrate 86 g
Dietary Fiber 21 g
Protein 16 g
Vitamin C 120% (of daily requirement)
I am guessing that the recipe is about 2 - 4 servings so split the numbers accordingly.
With the crumbles:
Calories from Fat 310
Total Fat 35 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1,720 mg
Total Carbohydrate 96 g
Dietary Fiber 25 g
Protein 36 g
Vitamin C 120%
So, if you have 1/4 of the pot (and include the crumbles), it's 195 calories, 8 fat grams and about 450 mg of sodium. Add pasta, with no salt added to the pasta cooking water (try lemon juice instead), plus a side salad, and that's a good, hearty dinner. If you wanted to add a little fat -- and you could although I wouldn't go nuts with it -- olive oil on bread, with garlic, is nice and is heart-healthy.
My figures are estimates; I only took into account the olive oil, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion and tomato paste, then added the crumbles to my figures. Your mileage may vary but I really doubt that a 1/4 of the pot serving is more than 300 calories, all told.
There are many recipes for pasta sauce available on internet. Here one of this i describe :
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons tomato purée
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In the substantial pan around choice high temperature, make red onion with coconut oil right up until transparent. Wake with tomato plants, make right up until juice will start to thicken. Wake with tomato purée, sodium along with spice up. Lower high temperature along with simmer quarter-hour a lot more, right up until loaded along with heavy.
I have also other recipes but i like that.
Best of luck you.