Good Tomato Sauce Many Ways
Serve this healthy, spicy tomato sauce as is or with mix-ins for delicious meals year-round. The fire-roasted tomatoes, smoky chipotle pepper, and mushrooms add deep flavor without compromising your health or values. Depending on the mix-ins you use, it may take 5 or 10 minutes longer to make. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and Nutritarian.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Passive Time
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Passive Time
  1. Mince garlic and set aside. Decide what mix-ins you want to use if any (see notes below). Put chopped red onion and chopped mushrooms with water in a large skillet or medium pot. If using fresh greens, pull or cut the stems from the leaves. Add chopped greens stems, bell peppers, or summer squash if using. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  2. Not using fresh greens? Skip to the next step. Otherwise, chop leaves. When onions are tender, top them with chopped greens leaves but don’t stir. Cover and let leaves steam on low until tender, about 10 minutes. 
  3. Stir garlic, chipotle powder, and turmeric into vegetables. Add tomatoes, oregano, and other mix-ins. Bring sauce to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low. Cover skillet and simmer for about 5 minutes, until sauce is hot and flavors blended.
  4. Serve Good Tomato Sauce hot tossed with hot whole-wheat noodles or ladled over quinoa, barley, or a baked potato. Garnish with toppings if desired. Refrigerate any extra for up to a week or freeze for up to a year.
Recipe Notes

Mix-Ins for Tomato Sauce

Enjoy the base sauce as it is or add one or more of these mix-ins.

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts and 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped summer squash
  • 1/2 cup chopped or sliced olives
  • 1 cup chopped and steamed eggplant
  • 1 cup frozen chopped greens
  • 2 cups fresh greens, such as kale, collards, or mustard
  • 3/4 cup roasted butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup cooked black lentils

Consider adding one of these toppings:

  • Fresh basil ribbons
  • Nutritional yeast, which I use instead of Parmesan cheese
  • Toasted bread crumbs, walnuts or almonds, and garlic pulsed briefly in a food processor to make another Parmesan substitute
  • Roasted plant-based sausage. My Taster and I like to split a Field Roast Italian Sausage on Friday nights. It’s the weekend, Baby!

Nutritional Information for Good Tomato Sauce

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