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Do I have to make pasta sauce from scratch in order for it to be healthy?

Any Italian cook worth her chef’s hat makes pasta sauce from scratch, right? Well if she has the time she probably does, but many great mommy chefs (and even teen chefs) want to whip up a pasta meal with a great sauce, but time constraints may require cooked spaghetti and store-bought sauce. How do you make sure that bottled or canned tasty sauce is healthy too?
  • Look for “less salt” on the label (or low sodium), since canned and bottled sauces tend to have heaping levels of salt.
  • Most tomato sauces tend to be low in sugar, but that’s another ingredient to check out.
  • Look for olive oil as the primary oil in the sauce.
  • Avoid creamy red sauces that are high in saturated fat.
  • Use bottled sauce, but then add vegetables like chopped tomatoes (really a fruit), mushrooms, chopped onions and garlic to increase its healthful properties.
  • Pour it over whole grain or high protein pasta, and watch calories with portion control.

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