Italian Farmhouse Tomato Sauce

This easy Mediterranean Diet recipe for Italian Farmhouse Chunky Tomato Sauce is so full of flavor it almost doesn’t need pasta (but I highly recommend some)!  And because I use a lot of sauce and a small amount of pasta when I eat it, it is low in calories yet filling and immensely satisfying.  Mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, parsley and garlic means this sauce is packed with anti-inflammatory polyphenols, antioxidants, and vitamins.

I like to serve this with a simple salad topped with traditional Greek dressing or a side of roasted cauliflower.

This recipe makes a good amount of sauce so there are usually leftovers.  I have used the leftovers in a Greek lasagna and a hearty chili.

Enjoy!

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Mediterranean Diet Recipe: Pasta Farmhouse Tomato Sauce

Italian Farmhouse Tomato Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6
Calories 210 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 10 ounces package Portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 10 ounces package fresh spinach (baby or regular), de-stemmed and chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley, stems removed and chopped
  • 28 ounces can diced tomatoes
  • 28 ounces can pureed tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large thick-bottomed pot, heat olive oil on medium heat.
  • Add onions and peppers. Sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add mushrooms. Sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add spinach and parsley. Sauté until greens are wilted.
  • Add tomatoes and all other ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer for at least a half an hour, stirring occasionally. This can be on a low heat for an hour or more. The longer the better!

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 415mgPotassium: 1284mgFiber: 8gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 6920IUVitamin C: 105mgCalcium: 173mgIron: 6mg
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