I'm not usually a fan of "stealth" nutrition. I want my kids to learn to eat and enjoy healthy food, and we're working on that. However, I'm not above sneaking in some extra good stuff from time to time, especially when it comes to veggies. Some of them just don't like them no matter how many I make them eat! If I can get some extra veggies in them now and them without the fuss, I'm all for it! I put this sauce together with that in mind and let me tell you I had to bite my tongue as some of my biggest "veggie haters" went on and on about how good it was!:)
1Dump 1 can of the tomatoes into a large saucepan.
2Dump the other can in a food processor or blender. Add the onion, squash, carrot, bell pepper and celery. Process until veggies are smooth(or mostly smooth). Add to the saucepan with tomatoes.
3Add olive oil, sugar, garlic and pepper. Heat over med. heat until bubbling, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook at least 30 min.(I like to let it simmer a lot longer, or even put it in the crockpot for several hours).
4Add the minced herbs and salt. Simmer for 5-10 more minutes. Serve over pasta.
5Notes: This can easily be a meat sauce...just brown 1/2-1lb. of ground meat, drain and add to sauce.
*fresh herbs have even more antioxidants than a lot of veggies, so including them increases the nutrition of the sauce even more. If you don't have fresh herbs, you can use dried(2t. of basil and 2T of parsley.), and add them when you add the garlic and pepper.