The Very Best Spaghetti Sauce


This is sooooo good! It's a slow cooked, meatless spaghetti sauce with TONS and TONS of vegetables, and its just sooooo good! Enjoy!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs
12 servings


  • 18 roma (plum) tomatoes

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • ½ cup butter

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 5 bay leaves

  • 1 large white onion, chopped

  • 1 large zucchini, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Remove skins and return tomatoes to the pot and mash them. Stir in tomato paste and 2 cups water. Cover and simmer on low heat.

  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and bay leaves for 1 minute, then stir in onions; saute until onions are translucent. Stir in zucchini, green and red bell pepper and mushrooms. Slowly cook and stir for 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Stir vegetables into tomato sauce and add oregano, Italian seasoning, chili powder and brown sugar. Simmer over low heat for 6 to 8 hours. Stir in the ricotta cheese 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
11g Fat
19g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 335mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 46mg 230%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 774mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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