Veggie-Packed Tomato SauceSubmitted by: CHEF_MEG
IntroductionWhat? Canned tomatoes in a tomato sauce? Yes, that's right. Garden tomatoes are only available for a short time, but crushed canned tomatoes are on shelves year-round and packed with flavor.
What? Canned tomatoes in a tomato sauce? Yes, that's right. Garden tomatoes are only available for a short time, but crushed canned tomatoes are on shelves year-round and packed with flavor.
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 small onion, grated (about 1/2 cup)
1 medium zucchini, grated (about 1 cup)
1 clove garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 (14.5 ounce) cans no salt added crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh basil, shredded
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Be sure to choose no salt added tomatoes.
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Grate the vegetables! You will find the flavors come alive quickly in the sauce by the simple technique of grating the onion and zucchini. Bonus: Picky eaters will never know that it's packed with extra vegetables.
Serve over polenta, spaghetti squash, or whole-wheat pasta.
Make a double batch and freeze in air-tight containers so you'll have homemade sauce any time you need it.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onion and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, for three to four minutes.
Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, stir to combine, and cook another two minutes.
Add the tomatoes and sugar, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in the basil, black pepper, and remaining teaspoon of oil.
Serving Size: Makes 4 cups, one cup per serving.
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Am I wrong? I've always thought that 1 "tablespoon, divided" meant it was maybe spit into teaspoons. If I were writing this recipe down, I'd list the ingredients as "3 tablespoons oil, divided". I'm a guy who has been cooking for 37 years. Have I been screwing up recipes all this time? - 10/3/12
More veggies (carrots, celery, peppers) make it even more flavorful. Dicing/slicing veggies as small as possible before simmering also assures more flavor.
Also, beware that quite often, NO SALT canned tomatoes has added sugar.
Canned tomatoes can also be seasoned and used in place of salsa - 3/6/13
With a name like "veggie-packed", I expected more. Like other reviewers, I would add carrots (rather than sugar), mushrooms, & leafy greens. As far as the canned tomatoes, I think they're great - as long as you find a good, low-sodium, brand. There are quite a few good ones out there! - 3/6/13
I make my own sauce at home (kids prefer it - go me!) and I always put in a LOT more veggies than that. I never use carrots though. That would be far to much Vit A and increases the risk of Vit A poisoning. (Yes, there is such a thing). Hmmm, maybe I should add my recipe to the collection! :) - 3/6/13