You can make fresh tomato sauce in just a little more time than it takes to cook pasta when you follow this easy recipe--and the pop of fresh tomatoes and red bell pepper makes it well worth your time. Serve this healthy pasta dish topped with cheese and fresh herbs for a simple vegetarian meal or add turkey meatballs for a heartier dinner. Source: What to Eat with Diabetes 2019

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  • Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook linguine for 1 minute less than directed on package. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce and salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice.

  • Stir in the linguine and the reserved cooking water. Increase heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until the pasta is tender and the sauce has thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in basil, sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.


Note: If you're following our 1,500-calorie diabetes meal plan, pair this recipe with Turkey Meatballs (see Aassociated Recipes) for a healthier take on spaghetti with meatballs.

Nutrition Facts

240 calories; 5.2 g total fat; 1.3 g saturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 198 mg sodium. 444 mg potassium; 42.8 g carbohydrates; 6.6 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 9.4 g protein; 2140 IU vitamin a iu; 60 mg vitamin c; 61 mcg folate; 74 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 71 mg magnesium;

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Rating: 5 stars
Made this a couple of days ago. It was wonderful. I didn t have linguine so I used what I had which was angel hair pasta. My husband won t eat a meatless meal so I grilled boneless skinless chicken breast to go with it. I also didn t add pasta water however I did take the pasta directly for the cook pot so I would imagine some got in there from that. All in all it was a great summer meal! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very delicious! The only reason I gave 4 stars was due to the addition of the pasta water..don't bother!! It just made the sauce very watery. I remade it a second time without the water and it was perfect! Read More