Best Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

Sign up to save this recipe to your profile Sign Up Now ›
4-6 servings Medium
Total: Active:
4 Ratings 

Ingredients (23)

  • 1 1lb.12 oz. cn crushed tomatoes, or whole Roma tomatoes, drained and crushed
  • 1/2 cn whole black olives, or 1/2 cup marinated (deli) olives (omit salt), chopped and pitted
  • 1 13 oz cn mushrooms, or 1/2lb. of fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced, 1/3 reserved
  • 1 med. onion, diced, 1/2 reserved
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, depending on size, sliced or minced (I prefer sliced)
  • 1-2 med. carrots, sliced or diced
  • 1 celery heart, or two stalks plus a pinch of celery seed (reserved), sliced or diced
  • 1 med. yellow squash
  • 1 med. zucchini
  • 1 Tb oregano or 5 fresh sprigs
  • 1 t marjoram
  • 1 Tb basil, or 5 fresh leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 T high-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine (make sure wine is DRINKING quality, NOT cooking wine), 1/4 reserved (optional)
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tb balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tb Romano cheese (optional)
  • 2 Tb Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 t MSG (optional)
  • grey sea salt, or plain sea salt, or kosher to taste
  • pepper melange or fresh ground pepper to taste
Try Amazon Fresh

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.

Best Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

This pasta sauce takes some time and effort, but it is good enough that my husband, who is a devout meat lover, asks for it all the time. Serve with any type of pasta, and a glass of the wine you cooked with.

Also, to make Vegan, omit cheese.


  1. 1After preparing and reserving vegetables, heat olive oil in large pan or skillet.
  2. 2Saute olives, 2/3 shallot, 1/2 onion, garlic, carrots, and celery until they begin to blacken around edges, or until minced garlic is golden brown.
  3. 3Add 3/4 cup red wine and reduce until gone.
  4. 4Add vinegars and reduce until gone.
  5. 5Add remaining shallot and onion, mushrooms, zucchini and yellow squash and saute until onion is translucent.
  6. 6Add crushed tomatoes, Romano cheese, MSG, and herbs, stir until combined, add remaining wine, salt and pepper and stir again.
  7. 7Simmer on low for one hour, uncovered, adding water if necessary, and stirring occasionally.
Load Comments

Recommended from Chowhound

7 Helpful Produce Subscriptions You Should Know About
Food News

7 Helpful Produce Subscriptions You Should Know About

by Amy Schulman | As Americans hunker down in their homes to practice social distancing, you may be wondering how you...

These Bright Kitchen Accessories Are Perfect For Spring

These Bright Kitchen Accessories Are Perfect For Spring

by Brittany Loggins | The change of seasons, no matter what else is going on, always makes us want to freshen things up...

Find Comfort in This Korean Spicy Silken Tofu Soup
Food News

Find Comfort in This Korean Spicy Silken Tofu Soup

by James Park | Spicy silken tofu soup, often called soondubu jjigae, is one of the most beloved soups in Korean cuisine...