Chef Sarah’s Insanely Easy (and Healthy!) Rustic Tomato Sauce

Is one of your new year resolutions to eat more healthy? El Gaucho Bellevue Executive Chef Sarah Scott shares one of her favorite healthy recipes, a rustic tomato sauce.


  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, medium dice
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 28 ounce cans San Marzano Tomatoes, whole and peeled
  • 1/2 TB Sugar (optional)
  • 2 Sprigs of Basil, stems remove
  • 3 Sprigs of Parsley, stems removed
  • 1-2 Pounds of ground meat. Either turkey, beef, Italian sausage or a mix
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup red wine


  1. Over high heat, add your ground meat to a sauté pan with 1TB olive oil. Let the meat get a nice, golden brown crust before you stir.
  2. Cook through and add the meat to the tomato sauce.
  3. Deglaze the pan with 1 cup of red wine, reduce it by half and add that to the sauce as well.
  4. In a large pot, sweat onion over medium heat until it is translucent. Add garlic and constantly stir until it becomes light in color (do not let it darken!).
  5. Add the two cans of tomatoes, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Bring to a boil and immediately lower to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Add basil and parsley. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and add to a food processor. Pulse about 6 times or until the whole tomatoes are no bigger than a large dice. You want this to be a chunky sauce.
  8. Return to the stove and add the zucchini. Simmer for 15 minutes while you do the next step.
  9. Serve over spaghetti squash

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