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Chili Spaghetti

If one (or more) of your kids prefers a hot lunch every day, you’re probably always looking for new ideas. Chili spaghetti combines two kid faves in one yummy and nutritious lunch.

September 11th, 2012

Recipe by LeeAnne Wright

Makes 8 servings
Prep Time
20 minutes
  • 375 g spaghetti
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 can kidney beans (540 mL), drained and rinsed
  • grated cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add pasta to pot and cook according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water to cool. Divide into 8 containers and refrigerate.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large fry pan over medium heat, sauté pork until it is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add salsa and tomato sauce to pan and reduce temperature to low; simmer until thickened, about 6 minutes. Place in sealable container and refrigerate.

  3. In the morning, combine 1 portion of spaghetti and 3/4 cup chili and reheat; spoon into preheated, insulated hot-food container and seal. Send to school with a separate container of grated cheese for garnish.

Nutrients Per Serving

443 calories, 15 g fat, 95 mg calcium, 913 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrates, 9 g fibre, 22 g protein. Very high source of fibre; excellent source of vitamin B1, folate, manganese, molyb­denum, niacin, phosphorus, selenium and zinc; good source of iron; source of vitamin C and calcium.

Chili Spaghetti
Photography by Donna Griffith

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