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Vegetable Pasta Sauce

A cousin of mine in Minnesota was the first one in our family to make this meatless spaghetti sauce. She passed down the recipe to various relatives over the years, and it’s become a mainstay in my family. With its veggies and great garlic and herb flavor, you don’t miss the meat in this thick sauce.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained and sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked pasta


  • In a Dutch oven, saute the onion, green pepper and celery in oil until vegetables are tender. Add olives and garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Dissolve bouillon in hot water; add to vegetable mixture. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, mushrooms, basil, oregano, salt if desired and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with pasta.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 77 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 631mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • lurky27
    Jan 17, 2010

    We eliminated the olives & substituted 1 can southwestern diced tomatoes (instead of 1 big can plain diced tomatoes) to give it some zip. Yummy!

  • Tikobird
    Sep 30, 2009

    I eliminated the celery, because we don't like it in sauce. Use Kosher salt. You need less this way,

  • scrappycrafter
    Sep 30, 2009

    There are just 2 of us, I imagine this would freeze or keep in the fridge. We live in our RV so no room for large crowds, but may use for potlucks.