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This is a very simple, healthy and hearty tomato sauce recipe. It works well with most pasta dishes or the way I like to eat it – sauce bread (dunking a chunk of fresh Italian bread in a big bowl of sauce) Yum!

Veggie Primavera Sauce

I grew up eating a lot of sauce bread in our home. My husband is not a fan of sauce bread (for the record, he is also not Italian). He gets overwhelmed with large quantities of sauce – something most Italians simple cannot comprehend. Ah – sauce bread!

Veggie Primavera Sauce


  1. In a large sauce pan, heat onions, garlic and olive oil on medium heat until golden brown.
  2. As the onions are cooking, prepare the veggies. Wash, rinse, and chop.
  3. Once the onions have caramelized, add peppers, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli florets, mushrooms and 1/2 cup of water. Put cover back on pot and allow veggies to “steam” cook until bright in color and tender.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Stir. Continue to cook on low/medium heat for 30-45 minutes stirring every 5-10 minutes.
  5. Now add the basil, parsley, and Parmesan cheese. Stir, reduce heat to simmer and allow sauce to sit for a few minutes before serving. Turn heat off and enjoy with pasta or zucchini parmesan

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  1. Jayne

    Oh Yum! Sauce bread, the best. Will be making this recipe, looks super healthy and your photos are beautiful!

  2. It was fantastic. And buying the veggies at a local market made for a very affordable and amazing meal! Thanks

  3. @ J Wat…I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! I love that the local farmers markets are getting back into the swing of things now that spring is here.

    @ Jayne….YES!!! Sauce bread! Amen.

  4. Just a little side note for those who are interested…

    Nutrition Facts per serving/ 10 servings:
    Calories = 125
    Fat = 5 grams
    Sodium = 413 mg
    Potassium = 695 mg
    Carbs = 18 grams
    Fiber = 4.5 grams
    Protein = 6 grams

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