7 Delicious Vegan Tomato Sauce Recipes For Your Kids
Tomato sauce is a staple in our kitchen. We all love spaghetti, lasagna and pizza. I am introducing 7 delicious vegan tomato sauce recipes for you and your kids in this blog.
1. Quick & Simple Vegan San Marzano Tomato Sauce
This simple and quick San Marzano tomato sauce is one of our favourite recipes. It is quick & simple to make and only uses 5 ingredients. It only takes 5 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook.
The result is a restaurant-worthy homemade tomato sauce with seriously light & fresh flavour. The secret is using high-quality ingredients like fresh herbs, extra-virgin olive oil and the super-special Italian San Marzano tomatoes.
And the best is that you can use this vegan San Marzano tomato sauce in any recipe that calls for tomato sauce.
It's a great pantry staple recipe. We always keep some of this vegan tomato sauce in the freezer for a quick spaghetti dish.
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes | Servings: 3 cups
- Whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes: 1- 28-ounce can
- Extra-virgin olive oil: ¼ cup
- Garlic: 6-8 cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
- Crushed red pepper flakes: ½ teaspoon (optional)
- Fresh basil: 6-8 leaves
- Granulated sugar: 1 teaspoon
- Kosher salt: ½ teaspoon or to taste
- Black pepper: ¼ teaspoon or to taste
- Add the San Marzano tomatoes, including the juice, to a food processor. Pulse the tomatoes to chop them as chunky or smooth as you like.
- Add the olive oil and the garlic to a medium pot or saucepan on medium-low heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes, often stirring. You want to prevent the oil and garlic from browning. Once the garlic is golden and fragrant, add the crushed red pepper flakes & cook 30 seconds – 1 minute longer, stirring often.
- Add the chopped tomatoes prepared in step 1 to the skillet, with the fresh basil, granulated sugar, 1½ teaspoons ground black pepper and kosher salt to your taste. Stir it to combine. Simmer the vegan tomato sauce on medium heat, often stirring, for about 8-10 minutes. After simmering the sauce, you can remove the spent garlic. I usually leave the basil in the vegan sauce.
- You can use the Vegan San Marzano tomato sauce immediately, or you can cool & store it for later use (see Recipe Notes for storage & freezing directions). Enjoy!
2. The Best Vegan Italian-American Tomato Sauce Recipe
Simple ingredients are cooked slowly and thoroughly until complex and rich are the foundation of a great tomato sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 6 Hours | Total Time: 6 hours 5minutes | Servings: 6
- San Marzano tomatoes: 4- 28 oz cans, whole & peeled
- Extra-virgin olive oil: ¼ cup, with a little more for dipping
- Vegan butter: ¼ pound
- Garlic: 8 cloves, minced (about 3 tablespoons)
- Red pepper flakes: 1 teaspoon crushed
- Oregano: 1 tablespoon
- Carrot: 1, peeled and sliced into big slices
- Onion: 1 medium, peeled and cut in half
- Fresh basil: 1 sprig
- Black pepper: 1 teaspoon, freshly ground
- Kosher salt: 1-2 teaspoons
- Fresh parsley: ½ cup, chopped
- Fresh basil leaves: ½ cup, chopped
- Lower the oven rack and preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius). In a large mixing basin, combine the tomatoes. Crush the tomatoes with your hands, pressing them between your fingers until no bigger than ½-inch pieces remain. 3 cups crushed tomatoes in a covered container, to be kept in the refrigerator until step four.
- Heat the extra-virgin olive oil and vegan butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until the butter melts.
- Add the garlic and cook it until it is soft and aromatic but not browned, approximately 2 minutes. Cook, constantly stirring, until the pepper flakes and oregano are aromatic, approximately 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, carrots, onion, and basil until everything is well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the vegan tomato sauce to a boil, reduce the temperature to low heat and simmer the vegan tomato sauce.
- Place the Dutch oven in the oven with the lid slightly ajar. Cook for 5 to 6 hours, stirring once or twice an hour, until reduced by roughly half and coloured to a deep crimson. (Reduce the oven temperature if the sauce is bubbling too rapidly or the browned bits begin to turn too dark).
- Turn off the oven. Remove onion halves, carrots, and basil stems with tongs. Toss in the saved tomatoes and toss to mix. Season the vegan tomato sauce to taste with freshly ground black pepper and salt, then add the minced herbs and more olive oil if required. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving, then transfer to airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 1 week. You can also freeze this vegan tomato sauce. It will keep for up to 6 months in airtight containers. Warm slowly in a pot with 1/2 cup water, constantly stirring, until everything melts and warms completely.
3. Super Simple Marinara Sauce
The perfect marinara sauce recipe! Only five simple ingredients are required, and it's incredibly simple to make. No cutting is necessary!
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes | Servings: 2 cups
- Yellow onion: 1 medium, peeled and split
- Whole peeled tomatoes: 1- 28 oz cans
- Garlic: 2 cloves, peeled and crushed
- Extra-virgin: 2 tablespoons
- Dry oregano: 1 teaspoon
- Red pepper flakes: 1 teaspoon (optional)
- Sea salt: 1 teaspoon or to taste
- Cooked pasta, vegan parmesan, chopped fresh basil, and more olive oil, if desired.
- Combine the tomatoes with the juices, halved onion, garlic cloves, olive oil, oregano, and red pepper flakes optional) in a medium, heavy-bottomed pot.
- Over medium-high heat, bring the vegan tomato sauce to a boil. Reduce to low heat and continue to simmer for 45 minutes until oil droplets float free of the tomatoes. After around 15 minutes, stir periodically and smash the tomatoes against the pot's side with a heavy wooden spoon.
- Remove the cooked onion from the saucepan and set it aside. Add the crushed garlic to the sauce. With an immersion blender, smoothen the tomato sauce to your liking.
- Season with salt to taste (the tomatoes are already pretty salty, so you might only need a pinch). Warm the dish before serving. This sauce can keep for up to 4 days if kept covered and refrigerated. You can also freeze it and keep it for up to 6 months.
4. Simple Vegan Tomato Sauce With Hidden Veggies
Homemade vegan cooking doesn't have to be complicated to be delicious—recipes such as this simple vegan spaghetti sauce are proof. Plant-based cooking highlights the freshness and flavour of seasonal produce, or reasonable substitutions like canned ingredients yield beautiful results. This easy-to-make sauce shows that with good quality ingredients, you don't need many for the vegan tomato sauce to taste delicious.
It is a flavourful homemade vegan marinara sauce with fresh basil, canned tomatoes, olive oil and your favourite spices. It is one of the quickest and most straightforward ways to make a flavourful homemade vegan marinara sauce that you can use with spaghetti, vegetarian lasagna, or pizza or mix with roasted vegetables to add an extra layer of flavour. Use this versatile sauce in any recipe for tomato sauce, such as vegetarian baked pasta or a baked and breaded eggplant dish.
Use high-quality items for the best results, like Italian canned plum tomatoes and the best olive oil you can afford. Our 20-minute classic sauce is also gluten-free.
Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 15 mins | Total time: 20 minutes | Servings: 5 (2½ cups)
- Extra-virgin olive oil: ¼ cup
- White or yellow onion: ½ medium, chopped
- Garlic: 3 cloves, minced
- Crushed or diced tomatoes: 1- 28 oz can
- Sea salt or kosher salt: ½ teaspoon
- Black pepper: ¼ teaspoon, freshly ground
- Coconut sugar: 1 pinch
- Fresh basil: ½ cup, chopped
- Gather the ingredients.
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or skillet. Sauté the onion and the garlic for a few minutes until they are soft.
- Add the tomatoes with the juices and season with black pepper and salt. Add a pinch of coconut sugar, then allow the sauce to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Before serving, remove the saucepan from the stove and stir in the basil. Serve with your vegan tomato sauce with a choice of pasta or other dishes.
Method For The Hidden Veggies
It is easy to add some hidden veggies to this dish. Your kids won't notice them and still get the extra nutrition. Your kids will love it.
- In a food processor, pulse the veggies of your choice. I like to use 1 medium carrot, 1 cup of raw broccoli, 1 cup of raw cauliflower, ½ of a large zucchini, 1 small red or yellow pepper, and 1 cup of fresh mushrooms.
- Then add the veggie mixture to the sauce while it's simmering. If too chunky for your taste, add ½ cup of water or low-sodium vegetable broth to thin it out. Taste for seasoning before serving.
5. Homemade Vegan Spaghetti Sauce
This easy, delicious vegan tomato sauce is full of flavour and easy to make. Perfect with a vegan grilled cheese sandwich.
Prep time10 mins | Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins | Total Time: 1 hour 40 mins | Servings: 8 cups
- Olive oil: 1 tablespoon
- Onion: 1 medium, chopped
- Garlic: 5 cloves, minced
- Tomato paste: 2 tablespoons
- Crushed tomatoes: 1- 28 oz can (I like to use fresh tomatoes: 10-12 peeled)
- Tomato sauce: 1- 15 oz can
- Petite diced tomatoes: 1- 14.5 can with juice (I use fresh tomatoes: 2 cups, diced
- Brown sugar: 4 teaspoons
- Fresh oregano: ¼ cup, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
- Fresh parsley: ¼ cup, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
- Fresh thyme: ¼ cup, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
- Sea salt: ½ teaspoon, or to taste
- Black pepper: ¼ teaspoon, or to taste
- Red pepper flakes: ¼ teaspoon, crushed (optional)
- Bay leaf: 1
- Fresh basil: ¼ cup chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
- Vegan butter: 1 tablespoon
- Over medium heat, add the extra-virgin olive oil to a large saucepan. Add the chopped onion and sautée it until it is lightly brown and translucent (approx. 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and sautée it for 1 more minute until it is fragrant.
- Stir in the crushed tomatoes, the tomato paste, the dice tomatoes, the tomato, brown sugar, parsley, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes (if using) and bay leaf.
- Bring to a high simmer, reduce heat to the simmer, and then partially cover the pot with a lid. Let the vegan spaghetti sauce simmer for a minimum of 1 hour (up to 3 hours), and stir occasionally. Check to make sure the sauce is not sticking to the bottom. If it is, reduce heat further.
- Remove the bay leaf. Add vegan butter and chopped basil. Let the butter melt and stir well. Remove from heat and serve as desired.
6. Easy 1-Pot Vegan Marinara Sauce
Easy, the 1-pot marinara sauce is rich in flavour, colour, and nutrients. Season this vegan marinara sauce and cook it low and slow. It is perfect for any Italian dish!
Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes | Servings: 7 cups
- Extra-virgin olive oil: 2 tablespoons (I prefer using water instead)
- Garlic: 2 large cloves, minced
- Crushed or diced tomatoes: 2- 28 oz cans
- Fresh oregano: 1 tablespoon chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- Coconut sugar: 1 tablespoon (optional)
- Sea salt 1 teaspoon or to taste
- Red pepper flakes: ¼ teaspoon or to taste
- Fresh basil: ½ cup, roughly chopped (plus more for serving)
- Nutritional yeast: 1-3 tablespoons (optional)
- Tomato paste: 3-4 tablespoons (optional)
- Heat a large skillet over low-medium heat. Then add the olive oil (or water) and garlic. Sautée the garlic briefly for 1 minute, frequently stirring, until the garlic is golden brown. Add the tomatoes, oregano, coconut sugar, salt, and pepper flake (optional).
- Over medium heat, bring the vegan marinara sauce to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the 1-pot marinara sauce uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add basil and stir. Cook for 5 minutes more.
- Taste and adjust the flavour of your vegan marinara sauce with additional herbs and spices. You can add nutritional yeast and/or tomato paste for more depth of flavour and richness (optional, but I usually add both).
- Suppose the sauce has thickened too much at this point, thin with a bit of water.
- Serve with your favourite Italian dishes over a serving of cooked pasta of choice or spaghetti squash.
- You can store the cooled leftovers in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
7. Vegan Spaghetti Sauce
This homemade vegan spaghetti sauce is richly flavoured and so delicious. It's hands down the best tomato-based vegan pasta sauce you've ever tasted!
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour 10 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes | Servings: 8
- Olive oil: 2 tablespoons
- Onion: 1 medium, finely chopped
- Fresh rosemary: 2 sprigs
- Garlic: 4 cloves, crushed
- Vegetable stock or broth: 1 cup (240 mL)
- Crushed tomatoes: 1- 28 oz can (800 g)
- Chopped tomatoes: 1- 14 oz can (400 g)
- Tomato paste: ½ cup (130 g)
- Coconut sugar: 2 tablespoons
- Dried thyme: 1 teaspoon
- Dried oregano: 1 tablespoon
- Red pepper flakes: ¼ teaspoon (optional)
- Salt: ½ teaspoon
- Black pepper: ¼ teaspoon, freshly ground
- Fresh basil: ½ cup, chopped
- Fresh parsley: ½ cup, chopped
- Heat a large pot over medium heat.
- Add the olive oil, chopped onions, fresh rosemary, and sauté until the onions are soft.
- Add the crushed garlic and sauté it for about a minute until it is fragrant. Remove the rosemary.
- Add the vegetable broth, crushed and chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, light brown sugar, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes (optional), salt, ground black pepper, fresh chopped basil and fresh chopped parsley. Stir them.
- Bring the vegan spaghetti sauce to a boil, reduce the heat to low and let the vegan spaghetti sauce simmer for a minimum of 1 hour, stirring from time to time. I usually let mine simmer for up to two hours.
- Using an immersion blender, blend the vegan spaghetti sauce to your desired consistency. You can blend it until completely smooth or leave it chunky or however, you prefer. Your sauce is ready to serve.
Here we introduced 7 vegan tomato sauce recipes for your family. You can use this delicious and healthy tomato sauce in many recipes. I love it because it is homemade and made with fresh herbs and vegetables. You can use it for pizza, lasagna, spaghetti – my favourite – and many other Italian recipes.
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