This fresh vegetable sauce can be used in place of other sauces, such as traditional spaghetti sauce. It has a sweet fresh taste to it, but is still recognizable as a tomato product. My recommended use is over pasta or with a meat product. In my opinion the sauce is relatively filling and not to be considered a light meal.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, and cook for a few minutes until fragrant, then stir in the dried basil, and cook for a few seconds more. Add the tomatoes, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, sugar, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then stir in the red pepper and cucumber. Continue simmering and stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced to a sauce like consistency, 10 to 15 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

114.8 calories; 1 g protein; 8.2 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 100.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2009
Never seen or had a sauce combining cucumber & tomato. In fact I never had a cooked cucumber ( I think..). But my tiny (not even that) garden produced a few tomatoes & cucumbers and I was at loss what to do with them. so I typed "tomato sauce" and I came up with this one.. I am a beginner bad one at that. I am far better at booking restaurant reservation than knowing kitchen jargons. ie. I know when I taste good one but I would never be able to cook one. Well this tastes great when I cooked it.. I am thinking I can eat this with chips perhaps french bread if all fail I will just eat this sauce as a meal. WONDERFUL! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/27/2008
The sauce was very hearty. My husband thought too sweet. I thought the cucumbers (main ingredient) were not good in combination with the other ingredients. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2009
Never seen or had a sauce combining cucumber & tomato. In fact I never had a cooked cucumber ( I think..). But my tiny (not even that) garden produced a few tomatoes & cucumbers and I was at loss what to do with them. so I typed "tomato sauce" and I came up with this one.. I am a beginner bad one at that. I am far better at booking restaurant reservation than knowing kitchen jargons. ie. I know when I taste good one but I would never be able to cook one. Well this tastes great when I cooked it.. I am thinking I can eat this with chips perhaps french bread if all fail I will just eat this sauce as a meal. WONDERFUL! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2009
Never seen or had a sauce combining cucumber & tomato. In fact I never had a cooked cucumber ( I think..). But my tiny (not even that) garden produced a few tomatoes & cucumbers and I was at loss what to do with them. so I typed "tomato sauce" and I came up with this one.. I am a beginner bad one at that. I am far better at booking restaurant reservation than knowing kitchen jargons. ie. I know when I taste good one but I would never be able to cook one. Well this tastes great when I cooked it.. I am thinking I can eat this with chips perhaps french bread if all fail I will just eat this sauce as a meal. WONDERFUL! Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2009
This is a delightful fresh tasting sauce with a twist. I put it over angel hair pasta. My husband and I enjoyed the flavors. My advice is to taste the sauce after 2 tsp. of sugar are added and decide if you want to add the rest. I stopped at 2 1/2 any more would have been way too much for our taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2009
I was expecting an Italian flavored sauce that I'd throw in the freezer. What I got was an amazingly flavored sauce with a Thai flair! Something in it - maybe the cucumber seeds have the consistency of ground nuts. There is a slight heat to it as well. I envision using it as a marinade a sauce or a dressing. It's delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2010
I love this sauce!!! Everyone in my family loves it!!! Just one thing you really don't need as much sugar as it says. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2010
My mother and I loved this; my father pushed it away after a couple of mouthfuls finding it too sweet. It was very sweet and I will cut the sugar in half next time but will definitely make it again; I loved the combination of the veggies. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2010
I was truly surprised how good this was. Had NEVER cooked cucumber in any type of recipe and the only reason I made this was because I needed to use a cucumber and I was tired of eating it raw in salads! I did use chopped sweet onion and I sauteed it with the bell pepper garlic & basil before adding the rest of the ingredients to simmer. I used a potato masher to make the sauce a slightly smoother consistency and served it mixed with rotini pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2010
My fiance who doesn't like cucumber raw LOVED this recipe. He kept asking what spices were in it. I added less than a tsp of sugar just enough to take away the bite. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. Thanks for sharing!! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2009
I gave the recipe 4 stars only because I added a few things of my own. I used 6 medium tomatoes to make it more tomatoei I used a chocolate pepper instead of red and I added a pobllano pepper. I also cooked it longer. I like letting sauces simmer for a while and digest if you will. I topped it off with a few sprigs of rosemary and it was amazing! I'll definitly make it again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/27/2008
The sauce was very hearty. My husband thought too sweet. I thought the cucumbers (main ingredient) were not good in combination with the other ingredients. Read More
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