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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.

Other Italian Sauce Recipes

Looking for more Italian Sauce recipes? Who doesn’t love Italian sauces!?  Make sure you try these out the next time you are making that Italian dish: 

Here are a few more yummy saucy pasta dishes that our family loves: 

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!

Garden Veggie Marinara Sauce

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
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!

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

  • In a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and once shimmering, add the garlic and crushed red pepper.
  • Stir around a few times and quickly add the vegetables.
  • Stir occasionally for 5-8 minutes or until everything is tender.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately or cool and freeze in ziploc bags for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Garden Veggie Marinara Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 1002mg44%
Potassium 628mg18%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 602IU12%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 comments

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

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    • Yum! That sounds delicious! So glad you enjoyed it!

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

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    • Hi Moni! That’s one of the reasons I love it too! So glad you enjoyed it!

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

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    • Ours was about 2 cups, but you can add as much or as little as you would like!!

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

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  • 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.

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    • Hi Heather, yes we only used two, but you can use as few or as many as you’d like. Sometimes we add more and it’s still wonderful. 🙂

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

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    • Thanks girl!

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