The Roasted Veggies really give this recipe a wholehearted flavor, and to top it off—it’s full of healthy nutrients!!
Among the many nutrients offered in this recipe, the Tomato-Veggie Sauce is full of antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Antioxidants assist the body with blocking the action of free radicals. Vitamin C helps to keep the immune system strong, and also increases the absorption of iron from plant foods. Vitamin A is for healthy eyes, healthy skin, and helps fight infection.
2 Carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1 Medium Zucchini, peeled and finely chopped
1 Small Red Bell Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
½ Yellow Onion, finely chopped
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 (28-32oz Cans) Crushed Tomatoes
½ Cup of Veggie Stock or low-sodium Chicken or Vegetable Broth
* MAKES ABOUT 8 CUPS
Preheat the oven to 400. In a small roasting pan, combine the carrot, zucchini, and bell pepper. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil, stir to coat. Sprinkle lightly with salt and/or pepper. Roast the veggies, stirring occasionally, until they are tender.
While veggies are roasting, warm the remaining Tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and broth, stir to mix well, simmer gently, uncovered, until the sauce thickens slightly, 15-20 minutes. Add The Roasted Veggies to the sauce.
Let the sauce cool slightly, then transfer to a food processor or blender. Work in batches if necessary, and process to a smooth puree. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
To Store it, refrigerate the cooled sauce in airtight container(s) for up to 3 days, or freeze the sauce for up to 3 months.
Helpful Tip: To save time the day of, I peel and chop the carrots, zucchini, and pepper the night before, then toss together with olive oil and sea salt. I store in a small roasting pan so its literally oven ready the next day. You can also chop and store the onion and garlic together over night as well.