Zucchini Mushroom Pasta Sauce

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Zucchini Mushroom Pasta Sauce is a flavorful spaghetti sauce full of fresh zucchini and mushrooms.

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Got zucchini?  Seems like everybody’s trying to figure out what to do with their abundance of summer zucchini right now.  This recipe is great because you can use your fresh zucchini in this pasta sauce and freeze it for later.

You could even put the sauce in mason jars and give it away as gifts. 🙂

This chunky sauce is perfect on spaghetti.  Or, you could substitute it in any recipe that calls for pasta sauce, like lasagna.

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Zucchini Mushroom Pasta Sauce Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Zucchini Mushroom Pasta Sauce is a flavorful spaghetti sauce full of fresh zucchini and mushrooms.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


Servings 7 (½ cup) servings servings
Calories 163 kcal


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped zucchini (about 3 medium zucchini)
  • 2 cups sliced white mushrooms (about 6 oz.)
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil leaves
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


  • Add the olive oil to a 12 inch, high-sided skillet* and place over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the zucchini, mushrooms, and onion. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic. Cook one minute, stirring often.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, sugar, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.


*A dutch oven or stock pot could also be used. The wider the better to keep the cooking time the same.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1080mg | Potassium: 1163mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 35.4mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 5.7mg
Course Condiments & Sauces
Keyword homemade pasta sauce recipe, homemade spaghetti sauce recipe, zucchini pasta sauce, zucchini recipe
Cuisine American, Italian
Author Amanda Finks

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this using the first 5 ingredients, Mrs. Wages pasta sauce from my freezer, the tomato paste, salt, and pepper and it was AMAZING! I served it with cheesy garlic bread, and a simple lettuce salad. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks, Amanda.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this recipe with a little twist… my tomato sauce was expired and exploded when I opened it so I substituted 1 can of coconut milk! Sooooo amazing!

  3. Looks and tastes good but I wanted to can it for a later date, however there was no processing time included in this recipe. So I processed it for 20 minutes. Hopefully that will do it.

  4. 5 stars
    Adding the sugar to the vegetables did the trick. I also added some butter to finish the sauce. Great sauce for garden full of zucchini!

  5. 5 stars
    Honestly, I was skeptical as I’ve bever had the best of luck with red sauce. It’s hub’s bday and I know this is gonna be a hit since I’ve been sampling 😉 I didn’t make any adjustments besides cutting salt by 1/2 tsp. Really great, thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    This was literally the best tasting sauce I’ve ever had in my life & the best part was that I made it. This will be in my regular recipe pile from now on.

  7. 5 stars
    I made it, its delicious.. added carrots cause I had them and had to use them, also I added fennel seeds.. it’s a sicilians thing.

    1. I was thinking of doing the same thing,have carrots and they always add some extra flavor,and i always use fennel when I make a sauce,my Sicilian grandmother always used fennel when she made her sauce.I thought about adding some Italian sausage however I wanted to do more of a veggie sauce this time.

  8. 5 stars

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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