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Grandma Meghan’s Secret Tomato Sauce


Two parts of this post title are true and two parts are not true. This is a sauce and it is made from tomatoes. This sauce is not a secret (anymore) and I don’t have a grandma named Meghan (my grandma is Fritzi) and I am not even close to being a grandma.

The reason I have named it Grandma Meghan’s Secret Tomato Sauce is because this sauce is so tomotoliciously amazing that I feel like for a sauce to be this great- it should be the culmination of a life’s work of adjusting a pinch of this or a sprinkle of that and at just 29 years, 11 months and 5 days old (that’s right, 30 in 20 days), I shouldn’t yet have accomplished this level of tomato sauce perfection. Alas, I will toot toot my own horn and say that I have. Yes I have! I can not think of a way to make this sauce more perfect. A little spicey, a little sweet, a medley of flavours, and a bounty of vegetables.

This recipe is the combination of six glorious recipes, plus a little of Megger’s Pizzazzy Bedazzled touch and it is seriously, the best sauce I have ever had, and of course, oh so gloriously healthy. Last I checked, my prostate was in great working order (jokes, ladies and gents, jokes) but the lycopene that is brought out in cooked tomatoes can do a world of good for the prostrate, that little donut of an organ that circles a man’s ureter (ejaculation is also great for prostate health but that’s for another day… or another blog). Tomatoes are in season so get cooking up this goodness and store it in your freezer.


Grandma Meghan’s Secret Tomato Sauce

by Meghan Telpner

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35-45 minutes

Keywords: one-pot condiment dinner entree lunch dairy-free gluten-free soy-free vegan vegetarian tomatoes Italian


Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 12 large tomatoes, pureed in a blender or food processor
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups kale, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch or 1 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs diced oregano
  • 1 Tbs sea salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 Tbs fresh parsley (1 Tbs dried)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • cayenne to taste


Put all ingredients into a large pot, prepped as directed in ingredient list.

Simmer covered for 35 minutes.

Simmer uncovered until desired thickness is achieved (some people like their sauce loosely goosey while others enjoy it thick).

Refrain from eating it all up and put some in jars to freeze for later.

And a p.s. on this recipe- it is so good that you may wish to just eat it by the bowl full as a minestrone type soup, or even throw some beans in and some extra hot peppers or something and call it chili.

28 Responses to “Grandma Meghan’s Secret Tomato Sauce”

  1. Marissa said…
    Every year around the end of August, my family jars almost 20 bushels of tomatoes for the winter. I cannot think of any better way to treat our beautifully jarred tomatoes than to use them in this recipe. I like to puree this sauce completely and trick all my friends :)
  2. gina said…
    Sounds great but does the color go from red to brown due to all the greens you're adding? Just curious...
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hi Gina. Since we're not blending the tomato sauce, it doesn't get super brown.
  3. Sherryl said…
    Made the sauce for a very picky grandson who refuses any/all veggies.... He|We absolutely LOVED this wonderfully healthy spaghetti sauce!! Thank You!!

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