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Speedy Red Sauce

This all-purpose pasta sauce can be used on spaghetti as well as in our Ultimate Vegan Lasagna. Puréed roasted red peppers help thicken it quickly.



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1 Tbs. olive oil
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1 12-oz. jar roasted red peppers, rinsed and drained
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2 small onions, diced (2 cups)
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2 Tbs. dried basil or 3 Tbs. finely chopped fresh basil
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3 cloves garlic, minced
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1 28-oz. can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes


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Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
1 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
10 g
0 mg
352 mg
2 g
6 g
Makes 5 1/2 cups

Comments on this Recipe

How many cans of fire roasted tomatoes? Is it 1? There is a 3 hanging out above it that is a little confusing. Thanks.

I think the 3 is there for how many garlic cloves.. That's just my guess though:)

I can confirm Alix's guess: I'm looking at the original printed version of the recipe - it's 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp) worth.

Serve with ultimate vegan lasagna

It has been published that canned tomatoes are not altogether safe due to a chemical reaction between the tomatoes and the tin and the resulting toxins that may occur. Perhaps a sauce made of fresh tomatoes or finding some which are sold in glass containers, ie; bottled organic tomato juice would be another choices. Can any of the followers that post comments here suggest some other possibilities ?

You can get killed walking across the street. Put it in perspective. You are living a healthy life.

Has anyone ever tried oregano in this instead of basil?