Garden Spaghetti Sauce

Enough sauce for 4 servings. Handed out at the Family Fitness Fest.


  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cups chopped tomatoes, canned or about 6 fresh, peeled tomatoes
  • ¾ cup dry red wine
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¹⁄3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms


Heat olive oil in large heavy pot over medium heat; add onion, cooking about 5 minutes until tender. Stir in garlic, tomatoes, wine, carrots, parsley, basil, sugar, and salt. Bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring frequently.

Add sliced zucchini and mushrooms; cook until sauce is thick, about 20 minutes longer. Sauce can be served chunky or it can be pureed in a food processor so kids will be more likely to eat it. Serve with hot cooked pasta.

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