Rainy Day Chunky Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Rose Mary Mogan


I call this Rainy day Chunky pasta sauce, because of all of the chunky vegetables used in it to enhance the flavors, & also because I made a large pot of it so I could freeze some for future use.

It was thick rich & flavorful from the combination of all of the spices, & the fact that I allowed it to cook over low heat to blend all of the flavors. I had this large can of Tomato sauce I had gotten on sale as well as the veggies, so I decided to make extra sauce for the days I didn't feel like making it, or to make it easier for a quick meal idea. This recipe makes a large pot of sauce.


★★★★★ 1 vote

A Crowd or about 2 1/2- 3 Gallons sauce
25 Min
2 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 large
    green bell peppers, chopped
  • 3 large
    onions, chopped
  • 5 stalk(s)
    celery chopped
  • 1/2 stick
    butter or 4 tbs. olive oil
  • 10 clove
    garlic minced
  • 3 can(s)
    diced tomatoes-15 1/2 oz.
  • 12-16 oz
    sliced mushrooms, undrained
  • 1 can(s)
    6 oz. tomato paste
  • 6 lb
    9 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    granulated onion
  • 2 Tbsp
    granulated garlic
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 pkg
    splenda or 2 tbs. sugar
  • 24-36
    meat balls (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp
    freeze dried sweet basil

How to Make Rainy Day Chunky Vegetable Pasta Sauce


  1. Chop the onions, celery & peppers. Mince the cloves of garlic.
  2. Add the butter or olive oil to a large pot, and heat over medium high heat. Add the chopped veggies and the minced garlic, and sauté until tender about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes & sliced mushrooms to the pot. Stir to mix with the sautéed veggies. Add the can of tomato paste then stir.
  4. Pour in the can of tomato sauce, into the pot and stir to blend. Add in the bay leaves.
  5. Add the spices to a small bowl. Granulated onion & garlic, thyme, nutmeg, Italian seasoning, basil and sugar or Splenda & parmesan cheese.
  6. Stir them together to blend well, and then add them into the pot of pasta sauce. Stir to mix well into the sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer stirring frequently.
  7. Allow the sauce to simmer uncovered for at least 1 1/2 hours or longer. Stirring frequently to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add cooked meat Balls if desired about 1/2 hour before sauce is completely cooked. Or you may want to serve it as a chunky vegetable sauce over your favorite pasta.

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About Rainy Day Chunky Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian

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