Homemade tomato sauce can’t beat this restaurant favorite. Take a trip to Italy with this rich and flavorful dish.

Copycat Olive Garden Pasta con Zucchini Recipe

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Preparation: 5 mins
Cooking: 35 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 lb mushrooms fresh, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic minced
  • 3 cup tomatoes crushed
  • 16 oz tomatoes diced and drained
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup black olives sliced, drained
  • 2 tsp capers drained
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil dried
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper crushed
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce, cut 1/2 half of the mushrooms into quarters and reserve. Finely mince remaining portion.

  2. Heat olive oil in a heavy Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and minced mushrooms.

  3. Cook 10 minutes or until onions are very soft, stirring frequently.

  4. Add garlic and mushroom quarters and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

  5. Add remaining ingredients, stir and bring to a simmer. 

  6. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

  7. To make zucchini, sprinkle sliced zucchini with salt, pepper, basil and oregano.

  8. Heat 1 Tbs. of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

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