Hidden Veggie Marinara Sauce Recipe is a secretly healthy pasta sauce made with onions, carrots, celery, mushroom, garlic, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and a few other pantry essentials. It’s 30 minutes start to finish and promises to deliver ALL the veggies to finicky eaters. Let’s just keep it our little secret.
Hidden Veggie Marinara Sauce
Not everyone loves vegetables, but everyone loves pasta!
So I came up with a homemade marinara sauce recipe that’s secretly loaded with vegetables.
The secret to anyone’s success of getting finicky eaters to eat vegetables is all in how you prepare the vegetables.
For this homemade marinara sauce, you’ll want the veggies chopped as finely as possible so they’ll cook down easily and lend to the texture of the finished product.
Mincing veggies might be the most challenging part of this recipe because not everyone has ninja knife skills.
How do you mince vegetables with a dull knife?
You don’t! You do this instead…
1. run the veggies over a box grater
OR use my favorite method…
2. finely chop the veggies in a food processor, using the chopping blade attachment.
In the end, minced, sautéed veggies lend so nicely to the flavor and texture of this sauce…and no one is the wiser to how healthy it is!
Those mushrooms though, they’re my favorite meat substitute in any meatless meal.
Hidden Veggie Marinara Sauce Recipe with all the veggies (the steps):
* See full recipe below
1. shred veggies in food processor
2. sauté the veggies
3. add the liquids and seasonings
4. simmer until thickened
5. serve over your favorite pasta
I know, I know. Sounds too simple…but it really is that simple!
Once you make this recipe, you’ll be a pro and wonder why you haven’t been making homemade marinara sauce with hidden veggies all these years!
Hidden Veggie Marinara Sauce Recipe Ingredients:
- olive oil
- canned tomatoes
- tomato paste
- Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper
- (optional) crushed red pepper flakes
- bay leaf
- (optional) vodka
Tools I use for this recipe:
Want more EASY, vegan, pasta recipes?
Try my Sesame Kale Noodles made with kale, Brussels sprouts, sesame seeds, and noodles, in a creamy tahini sauce.
Or, for a zoodle-noodle recipe, check out my Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles. This recipe is so delish and easy to make, it should be in my regular rotation!
These Veggie Lo Mein Noodles will have you skipping takeout on the regular!
Optional secret ingredient in this marinara sauce
You’ll notice that VODKA is an optional ingredient for this recipe.
Since this is not a lengthy simmer sauce, the vodka adds a certain depth of flavor in the short cooking time.
Don’t worry, the alcohol burns off during the cooking process, so you won’t get sauced, or even remotely tipsy, when you eat it 🙂