Garden Sauce

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 204
Yield: 6 cups


5 medium tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
2 small zucchini or yellow squash diced
3 cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon tamari sauce
1 cup fresh or frozen peas (optional)
1/2 cup tomato paste
freshly ground black pepper


1. Cut the tomatoes into large chunks and puree in a blender or food processor. Set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a large heavy kettle over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 3 minutes or until the zucchini begins to get tender.
3. Add the mushrooms, basil, oregano, bay leaves, and cloves to the kettle. Continue to cook another few minutes or until the mushrooms are soft.
4. Add the pureed tomatoes and tamari to the kettle along with the peas. Increase the heat a bit and bring the sauce to a boil, stirring often. Add the tomato paste and black pepper and mix well. (For a thicker sauce, add additional tomato paste.)
5. Use immediately or refrigerate in a covered container up to three days.

For a Change . . .
* Instead of (or in addition to) the zucchini and mushrooms, try some broccoli flowerets, carrot matchsticks, or diced bell peppers.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 204
Calories from Fat: 50

This Garden Sauce recipe is from the Vicki's Vegan Kitchen Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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