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Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce

Vegetarian spaghetti sauce is a delicious minimalist approach to meatless spaghetti sauce.  Using minimal fresh ingredients brings out the robust taste in this vegan spaghetti sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Vegan Spaghetti Sauce, Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 280kcal
Author Cindy Gordon | Vegetarian Mamma


  • 8 oz  Explore Cuisine's Chickpea Spaghetti
  • 2 T Oil
  • 2.5 c diced tomato fresh tomatoes
  • 1 T Worcestershire
  • 1 T Brown Sugar optional
  • 1/2 c water optional if sauce is too thick
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 t oregano dried


  • Prepare your pasta per the directions on the box.Dice onion.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, warm the avocado oil and then saute the onion until soft. While onion is sauteing, dice the fresh tomatoes.
  • Once the onions are soft put the tomatoes in the skillet along with the Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar (optional), water, red pepper flakes and dried oregano.
  • Bring sauce to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Once sauce is done simmering, pour the sauce into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Top cooked spaghetti noodles with sauce.Garnish with fresh basil, parmesan (vegan or dairy).ENJOY!


Tips and Variations for Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce

  • Add more fresh or dried herbs to the meatless spaghetti sauce to further enhance the flavor.
  • Add finely chopped vegetables to the sauce such as carrots and celery. You can make the sauce thicker by doing this.
  • Add in some vegetarian protein such as a meat substitute or lentils to make the sauce more hearty.

What is marinara sauce?

Marinara sauce is a tomato sauce that is made by combining tomatoes, onions and herbs.  It has a wide range of variations to the basic recipe. The Marinara sauce is frequently used in American and Italian Cuisines.

Is marinara sauce vegan?

Yes, in its basic form, marinara sauce is vegan. It is a combination of tomatoes, onions and herbs.

Can you freeze this vegetarian spaghetti sauce?

Yes, this meatless spaghetti sauce freezes well. I often make a double batch when all my garden tomatoes ripen at the same time!

Can I use canned tomatoes?

Yes, while I like to use fresh tomatoes with this recipe you can use a canned variety of tomatoes to make this vegetarian spaghetti sauce.  Some varieties of canned tomatoes might make the sauce taste bitter. If that happens you can add a ¼ of a teaspoon of baking powder to the sauce. That should take away the bitter flavor. 

What about tomato skins?

Some vegan spaghetti recipes that use fresh tomatoes, remove the skins.  That is not necessary with this recipe, as we are using a high powered blender to blend our meatless spaghetti sauce. If you do not have access to a high powered blender you can boil the tomatoes first to remove their skins. 


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg