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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 112.5
  • Total Fat: 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 0.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 14.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.2 g
  • Protein: 4.0 g

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Veggie-Packed Tomato Sauce

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Veggie-Packed Tomato Sauce

Introduction

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.
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.

Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    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



Tips

Be sure to choose no salt added tomatoes.
You'll love this over lean turkey meatballs!

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.


Directions

Grate the vegetables using a box grater or the shredding attachment of a food processor.
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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  • 33 of 34 people found this review helpful
    I would suggest grating in some carrot as a natural sweetener to offset the bitterness of the tomatoes rather than sugar. Just a thought! - 9/25/12

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  • O.K.
    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
    Personally, I find that using canned tomatoes adds a lot of salt and preservatives that we do not need. Use some fresh Roma tomatoes in place of the canned for a more healthy alternative. About 5 Roma's per can. Delicious and better for you! - 9/25/12

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  • 20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    Disappointing when I saw 'packed with veggies' I was expecting more than an onion and zucchini. You can buy organic unsalted tomatoes and I would add pepper, carrot, mushroom, spinach, even squash to up the veggie content - 9/27/12

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  • 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    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

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    @MNTWINSGAL INCLUDE the liquid --- unless you want sauteed tomatoes instead of sauce.

    Random thought: isn't tomato sauce by definition packed with veggies/fruits?

    Try this: Replace half the pasta with diced vegetables (onions, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers.) - 9/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    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

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I haven't tried this yet but if you do watch your sodium intake you can always use tomatoes with no salt added. This reduces the sodium probably by about 300mg if not more. - 9/26/12

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  • O.K.
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    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

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    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

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    mine is similar, but I use an Italian seasoning that has bell pepper, carrot, and onion in it. - 1/22/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I do not add the sugar. We do not like a sweet tomato sauce... it actually takes away from the fresh tomato flavor we all love. The onions add enough sweetness to this sauce. There are times I omit the onions too.... makes for a different flavor for a change too. - 10/7/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I think the directions should read, "Heat 2 TEASPOONS of olive oil" rather than "2 TABLESPOONS" when you saute the onion and zucchini as the ingredients only call for 1 TABLESPOON total. - 9/26/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Great idea, grating the vegetables...that's even better than mincing, especially if you grate into the pot to capture all the juices. That's my next tomato sauce. TY - 9/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is so good!!!!! Sometimes I put rice in the meatballs too. - 9/25/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I make this also but with lots more veggies. Any veggie will work and I generally cook a bit longer than suggested. @ Sarah, no tomato sauce is just that, tomatoes cooked down and pressed so that it is a much thicker consistency than say tomato juice. You may be thinking of V8? - 9/25/12

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  • Shredding the veggies brings out incredible flavor... i shred them all the time now, and put them on everything! - 12/11/13

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  • Yummmm - 9/12/13

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  • I added fresh mushrooms to the sauce, left out the sugar completely (although shredded carrots sounds like a great idea!) I'm serving this with homemade low-sodium turkey meatballs on a bed of spaghetti squash. A sprinkling of parmesan makes it feel like a real pasta dish. - 4/14/13

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  • Not as tasty as I thought it would be, quite disappointed, will stick to my own recipe which is much more tasty and great with wheat free pasta or rice noodles - 3/11/13

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  • Incredible!... It turned out to be a restaurant quality dish! I added a lot of other veggies too like Pak Choy, Spinach, Bell peppers n mushrooms! ...Thank you! - 3/8/13

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  • I've been canning tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes for years and I lived in WA so had to do it in the summer when the tomatoes were ready. We made 24 quart jars to make anything we wanted and they lasted the entire year until it was time to can again. We had the control of the ingredients! - 3/6/13

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  • Be careful when reading the directions. The list of ingredients says "1 tablespoon olive oil" yet the directions say "Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil." I'm pretty sure it's supposed to say "Heat 2 TEASPOONS of oil." If you're not careful, you'll be adding lots more calories and fat than calculated. - 3/6/13

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  • I wouldn't exactly call this veggie packed......More of a false advertising title than anything else.
    I was looking forward to a veggie loaded, quick to make(with a small amount of servings) addition to my recipes but I guess I will just stick with my bulk sauce recipe. - 3/6/13

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  • Grated carrot, chopped spinach, mushrooms, like many other people have mentioned are wonderful additions and I personally love them, but some people are tomato purists and the grated zucchini is practically undetectable especially by kids..lol. I take off one star for the addition of sugar ...sorry. - 3/6/13

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  • This is an awesome sauce an dkeeps well for use over a couple of weeks time. - 3/6/13

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  • I use virtually the same recipe and add loads of mushrooms. Split a brown pitta bread in half, top with the sauce and a little grated parmesan and hey presto, you have a pizza with loads less calories - just when you feel like cheating..!! :) - 3/6/13

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  • Can't rate recipe, I haven't tried it but was dissapointed to see there was hardly any veggies in here. When my kids were small, I would put squash in my homemade sauce, they never knew it was in there and was a natural sweetner. Always looking for good recipes though, this could work w/ more vegs. - 1/22/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    @sandygwee1 I agree I expected more veggies in a "veggie packed" recipe. - 1/18/13

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  • It does say right in the ingredient list NO SALT tomatoes. I would also make sure they are organic with a label that states the can has BPA free lining. Great over spaghetti squash! - 1/11/13

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    i will try it over pasta tonight - 11/8/12

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  • This is similar to my own tomato sauce that I make for everything, minus the onion (DH is allergic to them). I like adding the zucchini as I love vegetables and finding ways to use them. - 11/7/12

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  • I agree with many... you can most certainly add more veggies (like carrots, red bell peppers, swiss chard)... and then blend the sauce after cooking. This disguises the veggies even better if that is a concern. Canned tomatoes are all we have sometimes. I try to find no salt added. Stock up if foun - 11/6/12

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  • I am looking forward to trying this.

    Does anyone have the amount of fresh tomatoes you would use if you have them? I would like the option to go either fresh or canned.

    Also, has anyone tried this in the crockpot? I think it would work well to dump everything in after sauteing the veggies. - 11/6/12

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  • There's still very little vegetables in this -- one onion and one zuchini for 4 servings? I put way more veggies in -- carrots, kale or chard, etc. All my kids eat it really well. - 11/6/12

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  • Save - 11/6/12

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  • This was great! I made this with a spicy meatball recipe and dinner was delish. Will definitely make again - 10/20/12

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  • Sounds good. Can't wait to try it. - 10/3/12

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  • Sounds great - 9/27/12

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  • I've done something similar with finely chopped other veg, but I really like the idea of grating. Or chop fairly finely and blend. I like the idea of carrot rather than sugar - perhaps either squash, turnip or parsnip as well/instead? I need to get some made and frozen! Very soon! - 9/26/12

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I like the idea, but use fresh or no salt the sodium level ls outta sight many of use are low sodium..HELP us too. Made it but just had a taste.. - 9/26/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is really good! - 9/26/12

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  • sneak veggies into your family . they wouldnt know you are serving them veggies and will eat and love . good flavor and easy to prepare . - 9/25/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Wonderful and easy! A longer timing is better. Plus, fresh tomatoes generally cost so much more and may not be available when you want to do this idea. Having canned, with just tomatoes and not extra stuff, is a good choice. - 9/25/12

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  • I love this sauce. My daughter has so many tomatoes from her garden this year that I should make a sauce kie this from them. thank you. - 9/25/12

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Do you drain the tomatoes or include the liquid? - 9/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
    looking forward to making this - 9/8/12

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