Friday, October 19, 2012

What Kind of Sauce Would You Like With That?

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From heavy to light, the sauces that accompany your favorite pasta dish range in taste and nutrition. Bon'App suggests leaning on the side of vegetable-based rather than cream-based sauce for healthier and more savory option to enjoy your pasta!

Marinara Sauce

This classic, tomato-based sauce is particularly well-suited for spaghetti and has the healthiest nutritional information at 92 Calories, 11 grams of Sugar, and 601mg of Salt, and 0 gram of Bad Fat per serving. Italian chef Francesco Leonardi is often credited as the inventor of marinara sauce in 1790, having published a cookbook with recipes of different versions of tomato sauce. For extra servings of vegetable, add chopped tomatoes or sautéed onions and garlics in boiling marinara sauce and simmer it for at least 30 minutes. Other alternatives include Arrabbiata, a spicy version that includes crushed red pepper flakes or chopped chili peppers, or Ragu, which includes chunks of cooked meat.

Pesto Sauce

This green sauce is made with crushed fresh basil leaves, garlic cloves, and pine nuts blended with olive oil and Parmigiana Reggiano. The olive oil and cheese in pesto makes it high in Calories at 289 calories per serving, so be sure to keep it in moderation. Other nutritional information includes 1 gram of Sugar, 783mg of Salt, and 5g of Bad Fat. You can substitute pine nuts for other nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, and also mix in additional ingredients, such as sun-dried tomatoes. Remember that the key to making delicious pesto sauce is to use fresh basil leaves!

Alfredo Sauce

The cream-based Alfredo sauce is not so diet friendly, packing in 415 Calories, 1g of Sugar, 334mg of Salt, and 9g of Bad Fat. The sauce is made with heavy white cream, butter, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. You can lighten up this rich sauce by adding less butter, or substituting yogurt for cream. Also, try adding vegetables or shrimps. It is okay to indulge every once in a while, but don't make Fettuccine Alfredo your regular dish on the menu!

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