Garden Veggie Marinara Sauce

 

Every kid loves pizza, many love spaghetti so a marinara sauce is a great way to get your children to enjoy more veggies. Try garden veggie marinara sauce!

 

Is there a Difference Between Spaghetti Sauce and Marinara Sause?

In the U.S. Marinara is a vegetarian Italian style tomato sauce and it may have olive oil and cheese like parmesan mixed in.

But never meat or anchovies.

Spaghetti Sauce in the U.S. is culinary slang for manufactured tomato sauce served over spaghetti.

 

Every kid loves pizza, many love spaghetti so a marinara sauce it a great way to get your children to enjoy more veggies. Try garden veggie marinara sauce!

 

I’ve never been a big fan of sneaking veggies into food as I’d rather my kids learn to love vegetables, but I see nothing wrong with packing something full of them in an easy to eat way like garden veggie marinara sauce.

Every kid loves pizza, many love spaghetti so a marinara sauce it a great way to get your children to enjoy more veggies. Try garden veggie marinara sauce! ohsweetbasil.com

 

There’s only one step that I insist on for this entire recipe, please make sure you take a moment to sauce the vegetables before making the sauce. Think of it like corn or grilled corn. Isn’t grilled corn so much more delicious? Same thing with sautéing vegetables for a dish, the heat breaks them down and really brings out the flavor.

 

Every kid loves pizza, many love spaghetti so a marinara sauce it a great way to get your children to enjoy more veggies. Try garden veggie marinara sauce! ohsweetbasil.com

 

I mean, it’s like eating raw carrots with your roast at Sunday dinner or nice and caramelized carrots from baking in the pan with that beefy babe.

I think that’s one of my favorite tips about cooking. To some it may seem obvious but to a large portion of the public something like sautéing everything versus just throwing it all in a pot to simmer may not be.

 

What is Sauteing?

The word sauté (pronounced “saw-TAY”) refers to a form of dry-heat cooking that uses a hot pan and a small amount of fat to cook the food.

 

Every kid loves pizza, many love spaghetti so a marinara sauce it a great way to get your children to enjoy more veggies. Try garden veggie marinara sauce! ohsweetbasil.com

 

This sauce really doesn’t need much fuss either. A bunch of veggies, a little cheese and a dollop of butter and you’re good to go. The secret is a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I don’t know why it works but it does. I’ll wait for America’s Test Kitchen to figure that one out.

 

Oh, and this is a recipe that once cools, freezes really well in a ziploc with all of the air pressed out. When you’re ready to reheat just put it in the fridge to defrost and then bring it back to temperature. Use it in spaghetti, lasagna or anything that would normally take a sauce.

Garden Veggie Marinara Sauce

Yield: 6 servings

Garden Veggie Marinara Sauce

Garden Veggie Marinara Sauce
Every kid loves pizza, many love spaghetti so a marinara sauce it a great way to get your children to enjoy more veggies. Try garden veggie marinara sauce!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Pinch Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Zucchini, Grated
  • 1 Large Carrot, Grated
  • 2 Baby Bella Mushrooms, minced or diced
  • 1/2 Red, Yellow and Orange Bell Pepper, diced
  • 28 ounces Crushed Tomatoes
  • 8 ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt, more to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and once shimmering, add the garlic and crushed red pepper.
  2. Stir around a few times and quickly add the vegetables.
  3. Stir occasionally for 5-8 minutes or until everything is tender.
  4. Add all of the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately or cool and freeze in ziploc bags for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 147 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 1029mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 11g Protein: 4g
Every kid loves pizza, many love spaghetti so a marinara sauce it a great way to get your children to enjoy more veggies. Try garden veggie marinara sauce! ohsweetbasil.com

Garden Veggie Marinara Sauce

 

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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11 comments on “Garden Veggie Marinara Sauce”

  1. I added ground turkey to this and LOVED it! Saving this recipe now!

  2. What I love about this recipe is the versatility. Great recipe! Thank you!

  3. Approximately how much shredded zucchini did you use? Some of my zucchini will yield 2 cups shredded or 4-5 cups shredded.

  4. There’s a typo in the first part when you say an important part, can’t wait to make this!

  5. I made this yesterday and it’s delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    One question–the ingredients list “2 baby Bella mushrooms.” Is that correct? I doubled the recipe when I made it and used a whole container of baby Bellas.

  6. What a great way to get a lot more veggies in your diet!