Chunky Carrot Spaghetti Sauce

Chunky Carrot Spaghetti Sauce

Growing up as a vegetarian, my mom got creative in different ways to get us kids to eat our vegetables. In addition to being surprisingly delicious, using carrots in a vegetarian spaghetti sauce gives the sauce a hearty, meaty texture that mimics the mouthfeel of a meat sauce.
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Total: 30 min
  • Yields enough for 2 pounds pasta
Chunky Carrot Spaghetti Sauce
  • Sauce
  • 1 pound carrots
  • Finely shred carrots using a box grater or a food processor. Reserve in a bowl.
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven or large saucepan.
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Cook onion and garlic until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  • reserved carrots
  • Add carrots and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 3 minutes.
  • 84 ounces crushed tomatoes (three 28 ounce cans)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Add crushed tomatoes, sugar, bail, oregano, balsamic vinegar, and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors have combined, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and cover to keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Pasta
  • 4 quarts water
  • Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Add salt to boiling water.
  • 1 pound pasta (spaghetti, linguine, or other)
  • Add pasta to water, stir, and cook until al dente, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Strain in a colander and top with sauce as desired.
  • Leftovers
  • This recipe makes enough for two pounds of pasta but keeps very well for leftovers. Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Will keep for up to two weeks. Reheat in saucepan on the stove or in the microwave.
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