vegetable marinara

Homemade Vegetable Marinara Sauce

Hey friends! Several months ago, I shared a recipe for homemade meat sauce. So many of you love the recipe as much as I do, so I thought that I’d share another homemade sauce with you. However, this time around I’m making a homemade vegetable marinara sauce. This sauce will be perfect for pasta dishes that already have meat in them. You can also use this marinara as a dip for bread, vegetables, and even mozzarella sticks !
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 cups
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 15 oz canned tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp salt free seasoning OR 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp crystallized lemon or 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Wash, peel ( if needed), and dice all the vegetables( except the mushrooms & diced tomatoes). Toss all of the veggies into a food processor.
  • Pour 2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil into a large pot. Turn the heat on medium.
  • Add all of the minced vegetables into the pot
  • Add in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, seasonings, and garlic.
  • Pour in 3 cups of water, and mix until everything is well combined.
  • Toss in the mushrooms, and fold in.
  • Sprinkle 2 tsp of crystalized lemon, or pour in 2 tbsp of lemon juice.
  • Stir everything, and let simmer over medium heat for 45 minutes.
  • Let cool, pour the sauce into freezer bags, and freeze for up to 3 months or so.