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Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

 Vegetarian Pasta Sauce
Loaded with fresh vegetables and herbs, this hearty, meatless sauce is a perfect way for gardeners to make delicious use of their harvest. "You can add some of your favorite red wine to the sauce during the cooking process, if you wish." —Jerry Tamburino Sacramento, California
14 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Cook: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 3 medium yellow summer squash, chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) Italian crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, saute the onions and peppers in oil until tender.
  • Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the zucchini, summer squash,
  • tomatoes, eggplant and mushrooms; cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat;

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Vegetarian Pasta Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until sauce is thickened.
  • Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 131 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 705 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 5 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.