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Easy Marinara Sauce with Extra Veggies

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: about 1.5 quarts 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


Serve  this sauce with 1 pound of your family’s favorite pasta for an easy and healthy dinner.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups any combination of these vegetables, roughly chopped:
    onion, carrot, butternut squash, sweet potato, bell pepper (any color but green) celery, and/or cauliflower
  • 29 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper 


  1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetables, stir, and cover. Cook for 10 minute or until mostly soft.
  2. Remove lid and stir in the tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium low and place the lid so it’s mostly covering the pot but not a tight seal. This will let some steam escape but will protect your cooktop from splatters. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until everything is soft.
  3. Puree with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. Season to taste with additional salt as needed.
  4. Serve with 1 pound of your family’s favorite pasta. 


To make Meat Sauce:
Brown 1/2 pound ground beef or mild Italian sausage in Step 1 after you warm the oil. Proceed as directed.

To do this in a Slow Cooker:
Double all ingredient amounts and add to the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or until everything is softened. Finish as directed in Step 3.

To make this into Pizza Sauce: Simmer the sauce for about 30-45 minutes longer on low, stirring occasionally, or until very thick. Add 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning.

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