Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  317
  • Protein  23 g
  • Carbohydrates  36 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  58 mg
  • Sodium  269 mg
  • Potassium  538 mg
  • Phosphorus  256 mg
  • Calcium  52 mg
  • Fiber  4.7 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2-1/2 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, high potassium
  • 1/2 high-calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Brown sugar takes the harshness out of the tomato sauce. Kent’s children love the sauce prepared this way.
  • Check labels on spaghetti sauce and select a brand lower in sodium.
  • Spaghetti sauce, like other tomato products, is high in potassium. By limiting the portion to 1/4-cup per serving, this recipe is acceptable for a low-potassium diet.
  • Suggested sides include iceberg lettuce with low-sodium Italian dressing, Italian bread toasted with garlic spread and a small glass of lemon-lime soda.
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers for a quick meal later.
  • If you do not like whole wheat spaghetti, white spaghetti may be substituted.

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Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Kaysdiet says:

I need to save my potassium content for my raw veggies, so I'm really, really wanting some kind of sauce, creamy or non, doesn't matter, for my pasta. I tried pureeing red peppers, and it was not succesful, and by the time I add up the potassium in all those red peppers, pureed, it was not insignificant. Sigh..............

Dec. 27, 2017, 8:33 PM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Clambert4 says:

Great recipe and thank You! I have been cooking using your recipes for my husband and am so grateful!!! Everything has been delicious. I was confused on the serving size for this- is it 3/4 cup or 1 and 3/4 cup? It's looks like 1 and 3/4 cup to me, but then I don't think there are 8 servings........? Thanks in advance for your help. Dietitian comment: Thanks for sending your inquiry. I have re-measured the cooked yield and adjusted the portion to 1 cup. It makes a little over 9 cups.

Oct. 18, 2017, 5:31 PM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Ladybmac says:

Would it be better to use ground turkey then ground beef. Or Just look at using a leaner ground beef.

May. 15, 2016, 10:25 AM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Trader Joe's has a no-salt-added marinara sauce. It's good. Add a little basil and garlic if you like it spicier. I'm going to make this tonight with a small salad and garlic bread.

May. 02, 2016, 3:40 PM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

What parameters are considered lower sodium for these recipes? I made this recipe before and my husband liked it but I used regular spaghetti sauce because I didn't know what is considered low sodium? My husband's diet is also low potassium. Help please. Thank you. Dietitian comment: You will not find low sodium pasta por spaghetti sauce in most stores but if you compare the labels you will notice a big difference in the sodium content between brands and products. We recommend you compare and choose the sauce with lowest sodium content even though it is not labeled as low sodium.

Nov. 14, 2015, 11:27 AM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
LauraBen says:

I'd like to know the nutrients per serving the way I make Spaghetti which is similar to, not exactly like this. I use twice the garlic, generous Basil and Oregano in lieu of 'Italian seasoning' plain tomato sauce in lieu of prepared Spaghetti sauce, and either 2 fresh diced tomatoes in summer, or 1 can diced tomatoes in winter. Now that I'm cooking for a kidney patient, I've been afraid to cook with tomatoes at all. Your website is giving me hope, but, can I fix this the way I usually do or does that throw the phosphorus way to high? Dietitian comment: You did not mention how much tomato sauce you use but if you add the fresh tomatoes you can reduce it to 8 ounces to keep potassium in the same range. Your changes do not increase the phosphorus.

Aug. 23, 2014, 5:46 AM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Toody42 says:

I've made this several times. I grew up eating Cincinnati chili, which is sweet, so this tasted just fine to me.

Aug. 03, 2014, 11:01 AM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
amber1234 says:

I just made Ken's Spaghetti for dinner this past weekend. It was so good and tasty. Enjoyed it very much. Next time, I just might add just a smidgen of Basil and see how that will work.

Feb. 01, 2014, 2:36 PM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
hunnykins says:

I didn't use any sugar and used just a half pound of 93% lean hamburger with a small jar of sauce. Not as saucy as what I used to do (I'm Italian) but I wanted to cut down on the tomatoes. Tasted just great even without tons of sauce.

Jul. 18, 2011, 4:42 PM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

I never have added sugar to spaghettie sauce. Adding 1/2 to 1 tspp of basil will do the trick as basil is a sweet herb.

May. 09, 2009, 8:56 AM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Bigtonymel says:

I make my own "doctored"up Spghetti sauce,Using a bottle or two of of a natitonal brand and adding ground beef,chopped onions,bell peppers,and sliced mushrooms to the sauce.being a diabetic I leave out any kind of sugar,I do add a little more Garlic powder,and Italian seasoning to the sauce.and it still tastes great! I realize the idea behind the addition to the sugar is to bring down the acidity and bitterness,but I like my sauce without the sweetness!

Jul. 27, 2008, 10:42 AM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce


Jun. 17, 2008, 8:46 PM
Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

My family liked although they thought that the brown sugar made it to sweet. I may add a little less next time. I will definately make it again.

May. 24, 2008, 4:37 PM

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