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Super Healthy Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

by Jeanette on March 18, 2013 · 23 Comments
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Super Healthy Tomato Pasta Sauce with Meatballs © Jeanette's Healthy Living

You like the title of this post – Super Healthy Tomato Pasta Sauce? You’re probably wondering what makes this tomato sauce super healthy? Isn’t tomato sauce naturally healthy since it’s made with a lot of tomatoes? You’re right – most tomato sauces are already on the healthier side, but I have bumped up the nutrition in this tomato pasta sauce even more by adding lots of vegetables to this sauce. I bet you can’t tell.
Although my kids have gotten so much better about eating vegetables over the years, it’s always a bit tricky when their friends eat at our house. Most of them don’t eat more than one or two vegetables or fruits. One friend said he “hates vegetables” and only eats carrots and celery. Another friend who stayed with us for four days recently said he eats two vegetables (edamame and broccoli) and one fruit (apples).

So, I challenged myself to figure out a way to make something that these boys would eat that was healthy and delicious without them noticing all the vegetables they were actually eating. Kids love pasta, so I figured that was an easy place to start. A few weeks ago, I made a Healthier Meat Sauce that was actually chock full of vegetables and fed it to my kids and their friends – they devoured it, thinking they ate some real meat sauce.

This time around, I made a tomato pasta sauce that was souped up with lots of fresh vegetables, and pureed them right into the sauce – packed with carrots, celery, mushrooms and red bell pepper. I’ve been using this Super Healthy Tomato Pasta Sauce in place of regular tomato sauce in Spaghetti with Meatballs, Baked Ziti, on top of pizzas and on Chicken Parmigiana. The boys (and their friends) haven’t noticed a thing ;).

Super Healthy Tomato Pasta Sauce with Meatballs © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Super Healthy Tomato Pasta Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

If you like a thinner sauce, add stock or water until you reach the desired consistency. This sauce is great used in any recipes that call for tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce. I've used it on pizzas, chicken parmigiana, and spaghetti and meatballs. You can freeze this sauce.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 28-ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes, pureed in a food processor with all the juices
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion, carrots, celery, bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic. Saute until onions are softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are soft. Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

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  1. This is not only healthy, also lipsmackingly delicious, Jeanette.

    • Thanks Angie – this is a great sauce to have on hand – I’ve been sneaking it in everywhere I can. The vegetables actually add a lot of flavor to the sauce.

  2. I could see myself dipping huge hunks of bread in this sauce. Though, I wouldn’t pass up a big bowl of pasta.

  3. My 8 year old son is SOOOO picky about his veggies…but he loves pasta and sauce. This is the perfect recipe for us!!

    • I think your son should like this – I made this and served it to my son’s friends who said they don’t eat vegetables and they ate it all up with pasta.

  4. Oooo, there’s nothing like a good tomato sauce. I like adding carrots to mine too. :)

    • Love that you add carrots to your tomato sauce too Sommer. I’ve been sneaking in vegetables left and right lately trying to get my kids and their friends to eat more veggies.

  5. Now I want spaghetti and tomato sauce! Yum!

  6. This looks very yummy–we eat a lot of pasta sauce in my house. Homemade is the best! :)

  7. This looks like a great all-purpose tomato sauce to keep in the freezer.

  8. Sneaky! Sounds delicious.

  9. What a great recipe, Jeanette! I love packing in more nutrition and flavor in spaghetti sauce. Will definitely be making this recipe! :-)


  10. Thanks for the recipe! I love pasta dishes! I’ll definitely try this one of these days!

  11. Jane Hermann says:

    Now why haven’t our schools been doing this for lunch programs? our government wants healthy and this is the way to provide it. when i scrape trays, all the vegtables go to the trash, they won’t eat them and we are so wasting food and money ! its not rocket science!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      That’s a great idea Jane – I know what you mean – I hate seeing the kids throw their trays away full of fruits and vegetables.

  12. Lindsey says:

    I made this sauce and it was delicious. I had so much extra that I froze the leftovers. When I tried to reheat it, it was really runny. Any ideas of how to thicken it after its been frozen?

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Lindsey, so glad you liked this sauce. I just made a big batch last week and used the rest to make lasagna for my kids while I was out of town. Did you try reblending the sauce? If not, tomato paste usually does the trick. Would love to hear what you try.

  13. What kind of can tomatoes do you use?

    • Jen, it depends. I try to buy organic whenever I can. I also use boxed tomatoes if I see them. The tomatoes I used are whole, peeled tomatoes.

  14. Thank you, Jeanette. I don’t use facebook otherwise you know I would vote for you.

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