Enjoying meats safely can be difficult for those with swallowing difficulties. Our new Level 5 Ready Meats are here to change that. Enjoy a classic Italian dish you know and love, now suitable for IDDSI Level 5.
How to Prepare
- Combine THICK & EASY® Ground Beef with red sauce and stir well.
- Heat thoroughly to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F (if sauce separates from meat during heating, stir well and drain any excess fluid).
- Keep hot for service at 135°F or higher.
- Prepare THICK & EASY® Bulk Pureed Thickened Pasta Blend per package directions and hold for service.
- To serve, portion 1/2 cup of pureed pasta onto serving plate.**
- Top pasta with about 2/3 cup of beef & sauce mixture.
- Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and finely minced parsley, if desired.
Before serving, always test for Level 5 using IDDSI guidelines. If need, add 1 tsp of THICK & EASY® Instant Food & Beverage Thickener per directions for each serving of meat with sauce.
*Make sure sauce does not have particulates and is pureed smooth before adding to beef.
**Pasta may be served in a variety of ways:
- Portion 1/2 cup onto plate and spread evenly
- Serve straight from the bag by making a very small snip in the corner of the bag and pipe onto plate for an easy spaghetti shape
- Place pasta in a pastry bag with desired tip and pipe onto plate
Serving Size: About 2/3 cup meat with sauce, 1/2 cup pureed pasta
Total Fat: 19g
Saturated Fat: 4.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrates: 21g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Total Sugars: 5g
Added Sugars: 0g
Vitamin D: 0mg
Calcium: 40mg (4% DV)
Iron: 2mg (20% DV)
Potassium: 90mg (0% DV)