Vegetable Sauce for Spaghetti

Recipe: Tasty Sauce for Spaghetti

Summary: This rich-tasting pasta sauce uses tomato paste rather than tomatoes to get its fresh, savory flavor. A vegetable sauce recipe is a great option for vegetarians and vegans. It is also a useful recipe to have on hand when fresh tomatoes aren’t readily available.


  • 3 Onions
  • 2 Stalks Celery
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Can (6 ounces) Tomato Paste
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt (1/2 Teaspoon for Low Sodium)
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Basil (Optional)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)


  1. Finely chop 3 medium onions, 2 stalks of celery, 2 medium carrots, 1 seeded green pepper and 1 clove of garlic, and then brown them in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the contents of 1 small can tomato paste, 3 cups water, 2 teaspoons salt (If you need to make it low sodium 1/2 is sufficient) and 1 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Bring all of the ingredients to a boil, and then allow them to simmer, uncovered, for at least one hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve when the sauce reaches the preferred consistency or cover and allow the sauce to continue to simmer gently.
  5. [NOTE:] A three-hour cooking period improves the flavor of this vegetable pasta sauce. The ingredients should be allowed to cook down into an even consistency. Extended cooking allows the flavors to marry and the sauce to thicken.

Quick notes

Made entirely with healthy vegetables, this sauce makes a great topping for any variety of pasta and tastes delicious as a starter sauce for other dishes as well. This vegetable sauce recipe uses ingredients that many people regularly have on hand, making it easy to pull together a tasty sauce any day of the week. Adding basil to this dish gives the sauce an Old World flavor. Red pepper flakes can be added to give the sauce a bit of kick.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Italian

Calories: 72

Fat: 2.8

Protein: 2

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

By Mediterranean Book
Published: May 4,2012