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Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce

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This Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce is a staple in our menu. Made regularly and a super simple way to create a hearty sauce that the entire family will love.

I made this easy pasta sauce for my sister once. She refuses to not talk about it whenever we get together. And that is saying a lot because, truth be told, she is a better cook than me.

But I dominate when it comes to baking. So I feel like it’s ok to admit this one tiny flaw.

This sauce uses a spicy Italian sausage, tomatoes, and a mountain of vegetables to get it’s bold flavor. The slow cook simmer gives it time for all of the flavors to blend together into perfection. It’s dinner gold.

Recipe Features:

  • Freezer Friendly: Make it in advance and keep it in the freezer for a quick weekday dinner idea!
  • Slow-Cooker Meal: Yes! You can make this in the slow cooker!
  • Easy to Customize: Swap the sausage for beef or even ground chicken!

What You Need:

We love to use Italian sausage (sweet mild if the babe is going to be eating and spicy if it’s just for me and my hubby) but really you can even use regular hamburger. Once you have chosen your meat it’s time to get things rolling.

Here’s what you need for this chunky vegetable pasta sauce:

  • Beef: Your choice here!
  • Onions and garlic
  • Tomatoes: Canned and a little sauce
  • Veggies of your choice. Our favorites are listed in the recipe card below.

Looking for another quick and easy dinner idea? Try my Vegetable Lo Mein!

Step by Step Instructions:

Making a vegetable pasta sauce is actually fairly simple. Most of the work will come with chopping or dicing the vegetables. Once that is done you only have to worry about browning the beef!

  1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the sausage, onions, and garlic. Cook until the meat is browned, roughly 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, carrots, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook on low heat for at least one hour or until the veggies are soft.
  3. Optional: Use an immersion blender to get a smoother finished sauce.

Tips and FAQs:

This is honestly the easiest tomato sauce with fresh vegetables. I am all about getting dinner together in a reasonable amount of time so that I can focus on other things. Here are a few tips to help you along your cooking journey:

Do I have to let this Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce simmer for a full hour?

Yes. This helps to cook the vegetables and allows the sauce to cook down and condense the flavor.

How to freeze pasta sauce:

  1. Allow the cooked sauce to cool completely.
  2. Transfer to quart sized zip top bags.
  3. Label and freeze solid.

This sauce will last up to 6 months if frozen properly!

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Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce

Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce is a staple in our menu. Made regularly and a super simple way to create a hearty sauce that the entire family will love.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the sausage, onions, and garlic. Cook until the meat is browned, roughly 5 minutes.

Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, carrots, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook on low heat for at least one hour or until the veggies are soft.

Optional: Use an immersion blender to get a smoother finished sauce.

Notes

How to freeze pasta sauce:

  1. Allow the cooked sauce to cool completely.
  2. Transfer to quart sized zip top bags.
  3. Label and freeze solid.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 915mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 13g
This Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce is a staple in our menu. Made regularly and a super simple way to create a hearty sauce that the entire family will love.

Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines

Friday 27th of February 2015

Your Le Creuset pan is absolutely amazing and what you made in it even more so. The sauce is perfect for these cold, snowy days.

amy @ one artsy mama

Friday 27th of February 2015

Yum! That looks so tasty!

JoDell

Friday 27th of February 2015

This look so delicious! I love that it has so many vegetables in it! Can't wait to try it out!

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

Friday 27th of February 2015

A great way to sneak some veggies in. Love the gorgeous Le Creuset pan. I've had my eye on the Caribbean blue one.

Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

Thursday 26th of February 2015

Now I've got to pull out my le creuset pot and make a batch of sauce!

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