Cooking Light Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

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My new favorite recipe for Spaghetti Sauce! The secret ingredient is.... roasted red bell peppers! Cooking Light adapted recipe.

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  • add   14 cups hot cooked spaghetti (about 1 3/4 pounds uncooked pasta)
  • add   2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • add   3 garlic cloves
  • add   1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • add   1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • add   1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • add   1/4 cup sugar
  • add   1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • add   1 (14 1/2 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • add   1 1/2 cups diced green bell peppers
  • add   cooking spray
  • add   1 teaspoon dried basil
  • add   2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 large)
  • add   1 1/2 cups diced onions
  • add   1 (7 ounce) bottle roasted red peppers
  • add   1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef
  • add   1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • add   1 cup diced red bell peppers
  • add   1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook the meat in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain meat well, and set aside. Wipe out pan with a paper towel, and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place the pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the diced onion, diced bell peppers, mushrooms and minced garlic, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add zucchini, and sauté 5 minutes. Drain vegetables. Return meat and vegetables to pan, and stir in dried oregano, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Cook mixture over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Add sugar, crushed and stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, and roasted red bell peppers to pan, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until sauce is thick. Serve the meat sauce over pasta.