A hearty spaghetti and meat sauce dish without all the fat!

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One of my favorite meals growing up was my mom’s version of spagetti and meatballs. However, my mom’s version didn’t involve meatballs, it was all about the fabulous meat sauce she made. The secret to the sauce was the cinnamon she added: ) Well I basically took her meat sauce and made a few changes that made it much lower in fat without losing any of the flavor. I simply ommitted the butter and substituted ground turkey for the ground beef. I also boosted the vitamin content by adding some fresh sliced mushrooms to the sauce. If you don’t like mushrooms feel free to add your favorite vegetable, like peppers or corn!

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style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Meat Sauce:

1 packagelean ground turkey (usually sound in 20 ounce packages)
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
3 garlic cloves minced
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil

Heat olive oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot add the onion and mushrooms. Saute for 5 minutes. Then add garlic and saute for another 2 minutes. Finally, add ground turkey and saute for 5-7 minutes until turkey is browned. Then add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, cinnamon, oregano, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 45 minutes to let sauce thicken. Top with your favorite pasta and enjoy!

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