Skip stocking up on your pasta sauce at the store and opt for this hearty, healthy homemade version. With sweet onion, carrots, red pepper, celery, zucchini – and of course, tomatoes – this sauce is low in sugar but high in flavor.
In addition to tasting delicious, let’s not forget the benefits of carrots; good for eye health and healthy skin, zucchini; great for digestion, and red pepper; an excellent source of vitamin C to help boost your immune system.
Whether you’re making spaghetti, lasagna or chicken parmesan, this veggie packed sauce is the perfect way to ensure everyone is getting their daily nutrients.
Loaded Vegetable Tomato Sauce Recipe
Yield: 12 servings, 1/2 cup each
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 cup diced carrots
6 garlic cloves
1 1/2 cups diced red bell pepper
3/4 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced zucchini
2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
14.5-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
15-ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
Water as needed
In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and carrots. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, red bell pepper, celery, zucchini, and Italian seasoning. Sauté until vegetables are soft, about 7-10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. When vegetables are soft, remove from heat. Blend mixture with an immersion blender until smooth. Serve warm, or allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator.
Nutrition information per serving: 60 calories; 1 gram fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 160 mg sodium; 11 grams carbohydrates; 3.5 grams fiber; 2 grams protein