Zippy lasagna or pasta sauce


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes9 cups (2.25 L) sauce
*PLUS Cooking time: 20 minutes
Zippy lasagna or pasta sauce

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  • 2 medium onions

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 large bell peppers, 1 red and 1 green

  • 1 to 2 small jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped, or 1 tsp hot-red-chili-flakes (optional)

  • 4 beefsteak or 6 plum tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh basil

  • 700- or 750-mL jar flavourful tomato sauce, about 3 cups

  • 1/2 tsp salt, optional

  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, optional

  • 1 to 3 tsp granulated sugar, optional


  • Chop onions. Heat oil in a large wide saucepan set over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Sauté, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice sweet peppers and add along with jalapeños, if using.

  • Slice unpeeled tomatoes in half. Squeeze out seeds and juice. Coarsely chop pulp and add to saucepan. Increase heat to medium-high. Slice zucchini in half lengthwise, then thinly slice. Stir into tomato mixture, along with basil and spaghetti sauce. Stir often, uncovered, until piping hot, about 15 minutes. Taste and add salt, pepper and sugar, if needed.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 131, Protein 3.1g, Carbohydrates 22.9g, Fat 4.1g, Fibre 4.1g, Sodium 415mg.

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9 cups (2.25 L) sauce is enough for 1 lasagna. 3 cups (750 mL) will coat 1 lb (500 g) pasta.

Freezer tips

If freezing, cool to room temperature and ladle into clean freezer containers, leaving a 1inch (2.5 cm) headspace. Cover tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.