Serving Size:
1 cup

    Diet Types:
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Higher Potassium


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


  1. Prepare spaghetti according to package directions, but omit the salt.
  2. In a large skillet, brown ground beef with onion. 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.

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.

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

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

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

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