Sunday Sauce for Meatless Monday

Monday, February 13, 2012

I come from a very Italian family. Growing up we had Sunday dinner every Sunday with the whole extended family.

There was always so much food. What you ate on Sundays could fill you up for the whole week. I mean literally I would have to prepare myself by fasting for a good (lets be honest) few hours.

But now that I am older and my metabolism is just a wee bit slower I like to try and keep it healthy.

So this Sunday approved version of meat sauce is 100% vegetarian friendly; perfect for Sunday dinner or Meatless Monday.

1 medium onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium carrot, minced
1 eggplant
1 cup (or so) of baby portobello mushrooms 
1 (28) can of tomato sauce 
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
2 tablespoons tomato paste 
1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
freshly grated mozzarella cheese
grated Parmesan 
1 lb whole wheat pasta 

Remove skin from eggplant. Cut off ends and cut in half. Chop into small pieces. With a damp paper towel remove any dirt from mushrooms. Remove stems and chop into small pieces. Chop all other veggies. Set aside.
In a heavy bottomed pan heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Once hot add chopped onion, garlic, carrot, eggplant, and mushrooms. Stir. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Continue to cook until veggies are soft stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. 
Add in tomato paste and tomato sauce. Fill half of the empty tomato sauce can with water and add water to sauce. Stir and add about 1/2 teaspoon of more salt. Feel free to add in any other herbs (basil, oregano, bay leaf, parsley etc). I like my sauce with just a bay leave and a sprinkle of dried basil. 
Once sauce is boiling turn down heat to low and let simmer. 
Meanwhile boil water. Once water is boiled add a good amount of salt to water and stir in pasta. Cook until just about done. Drain pasta and add to the sauce. Serve with grated mozzarella or Parmesan cheese. 

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  1. Looks amazing, Jen. I love vegetarian sauces like this one...I use a similar one for a vegetarian lasagna that I make, which is on our menu next week. I just might have to try your sauce for it!

    1. Thanks Cassie. Great idea to try this for vegetarian lasagna. Haven't had that in ages... might have to be on our menu next week too ; )

      Happy Valentine's Day!

      : ))

  2. I love that its vegetarian - I'm not a fan of eggplant but I would love to give this a try! ^^

    1. To be honest I'm not a fan of eggplant either but this works for me. Let me know if you try it and like it!
      Thanks for stoping by.

      : ))


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