I really do love spaghetti. So do Elmer & Wiley. They get excited whenever they see this on their plates!
I got the idea for adding the zucchini when my zucchini plant started going nuts (as zucchini plants are wont to do!)
I do cheat a little bit- I use McCormick seasoning packets, although I have made my own sauce when no seasoning packets are to be found. But things are busy and seasoning packets are easier. But here is my recipe for spaghetti sauce. I like to do a double batch so I can freeze some- I like to keep it on hand for making lasagna. It makes life simpler.
1 lb ground turkey (I prefer the 90/10)
1 pkt thick and zesty spaghetti seasoning
1 pkt mushroom spaghetti seasoning
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato sauce
3 medium sized carrots
1/2 large zucchini, or 1 cup chopped frozen zucchini
In a large pan, brown the turkey. Remove your pan from the heat and drain the grease. (I like to dump the meat on a plate with paper towels.) In your food processor or blender, chop your carrots and zucchini. Return your pan to the heat, and add all ingredients to the pan. Bring to a boil, and then allow to simmer for 20 minutes, until all vegetables are cooked through.
Now since you've made a double batch (and stretched it even farther with the carrots and the zucchini) You can put half the sauce in a gallon sized Ziploc baggie, label it (including the date) and use it the next time you need a meal in a flash. Also, you may prefer to have more meat in your spaghetti and wish to use 2 lbs of ground meat. We just do a little less around these parts.
I like to put romano or parmesan cheese on top of my spaghetti. We served this over whole grain spaghetti noodles, which Mr. Wonderful and I both thought were a bit too thin. We had garlic bread on the side, mainly because I thought it sounded good.
I love how simple this is, and I love that there are multicolored veggies in there. We've been told to serve up a rainbow, and this dish does it with green, orange and red. But if your kids are finicky, the red hides the orange and green pretty well! This meal is a powerhouse with protein, lycopene, and vitamins A, B, and C. Enjoy!