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Veggie-Filled Meat Sauce with Zucchini Noodles
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Zucchini noodles (or "zoodles") are all the rage as they're a healthy, gluten-free alternative to pasta. In this recipe, crisp-tender zoodles and sautéed mushrooms are served with a meaty tomato sauce. You'll be serving up more vegetables and we promise—nobody will miss the pasta!”
8 ounces 90%-lean ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped carrot
½ cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (8 ounce) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, drained
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
⅛ to ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 medium zucchini (about 10 ounces each)
1 (8 ounce) package fresh mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
1For meat sauce, cook ground beef, onion, carrot, celery and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until meat is browned and vegetables are tender, breaking up meat as it cooks. Drain well.
2Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, Italian seasoning, salt, ground pepper and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
3Meanwhile, using a vegetable spiralizer, julienne cutter or mandoline, cut zucchini into long, thin noodles (see Tip). Coat a very large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Add zucchini and cook 2 to 3 minutes more or until just crisp tender. Drain vegetable mixture in a colander.
4Serve meat sauce over zucchini-mushroom mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
Equipment: Vegetable spiralizer, julienne cutter or mandoline
Variation: If you don't have a vegetable spiralizer, julienne cutter or mandoline, use a vegetable peeler to cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin ribbons. If desired, cut the zucchini noodles or ribbons into shorter lengths with kitchen scissors to make them easier to serve.