Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  432
  • Protein  27 g
  • Carbohydrates  54 g
  • Fat  12 g
  • Cholesterol  57 mg
  • Sodium  300 mg
  • Potassium  576 mg
  • Phosphorus  260 mg
  • Calcium  56 mg
  • Fiber  3.8 g

Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

DaVita dialysis patient, Kent, has a way to get his children to gather around the dinner table in seconds. Kent's Spaghetti with Meat Sauce recipe starts with a low-sodium jar of tomato sauce and he "doctors" it up with ground beef, onion, Italian seasonings and some brown sugar to take away the bitterness of the tomatoes. Give this simple recipe a try for a quick, easy, kidney-friendly and yummy meal.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita patient Kent from Idaho.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1-3/4 cups


    • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
    • 1 cup onion, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 14 ounces spaghetti sauce
    • 16 ounces spaghetti, uncooked


    1. Prepare spaghetti according to package directions, but omit the salt.
    2. In a large skillet, brown ground beef with onions. Drain fat.
    3. Add brown sugar, Italian seasonings and garlic powder. Cook for 2 minutes.
    4. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
    5. Drain pasta and stir into the sauce.
    6. Toss and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

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

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.

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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 - Inappropriate review?

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 - Inappropriate review?

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 - Inappropriate review?

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 - Inappropriate review?

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 - Inappropriate review?

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 - Inappropriate review?

Kent’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce




Jun. 17, 2008, 8:46 PM - Inappropriate review?

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 - Inappropriate review?

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