Spring Vegetable Pasta Sauce

    1 hour 5 minutes

    'Primavera' or spring vegetable sauce is very easy to make and amazingly healthy. It's low fat, but doesn't taste it!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 (400g) tin diced tomatoes
    • 185g tomato paste
    • 3/4 cup fresh broccoli florets
    • 3/4 cup thinly sliced carrots
    • 3/4 cup sliced onion
    • 1/2 cup zucchini chunks
    • 1/2 cup sliced green capsicum
    • 1/2 cup red capsicum, sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) water

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. In a large pot combine all ingredients. Heat to just boiling, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until all vegetable are tender, approximately 45 minutes. Stir occasionally.

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    Very easy and quick to make. Loved the fact that I could enjoy my fresh veggies yet let dinner cook while I relaxed with a glass of wine with my husband. I'm not used to a tomato-based primavera sauce though so to me it was more like a garden vegetable marinara type of sauce. It was very flavorful and we will have it again. I used vegetable broth instead of just water. Also, we prefer our broccoli to be a little crisper, and not quite as cooked through, so next time I'll add it toward the end - perhaps the last 5-7 minutes so it will have that nice fresh green color to it and fresher taste. Thanks for contributing the recipe. Went great with a salad and sourdough bread.  -  29 Aug 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Excellent. We always serve this to guests, especially vegetarians. We find that it's best to add the broccoli in the last 15-20 minutes of cooking so it isn't overdone. We have made it with tomato sauce instead of tomato paste and it works well, although it is a bit runnier.  -  03 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe was incredibly bland. If I made this again, I would not cook the veggies for as long as directed since they all turned into much at about 30 minutes.  -  03 Apr 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)