Immunity-Boosting Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms

Immunity-Boosting Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms from the Oh She Glows Cookbook

Hey guys! I hope you all had a nice weekend.

Mine was awesome; we took a trip to the farmers market, walked Coco on some new trails, had brunch at a local French cafe, and then laid by the pool for a few hours before heading home to a bottle of wine. It was everything I needed and more.

Anyway, let’s talk about that bowl of deliciousness staring us in the face, shall we?

Today I’m sharing a recipe from one of my favorite blogger’s best-selling book, The Oh She Glows Cookbook.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook

I’ve been following Angela’s blog since 2009 and she’s been a huge inspiration to me ever since. Naturally I was stoked when I heard she would be publishing her own book and immediately preordered a copy which I received back in March.

After all of the wedding madness passed, I finally had a chance to sit down with the book and I was blown away by what a beautiful job she did. Just like her blog, the photography is stunning and every single recipe is meticulously constructed. I have no doubt that it will be one that I refer to for years to come.

Immunity-Boosting Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms from the Oh She Glows Cookbook

Deciding on what to make first was a challenge but my curiosity for spiralized zucchini noodles ultimately narrowed it down.

Angela actually has a post on how to use a julienne peeler to spiralize vegetables so if you have one of those handy then you’re good to go. Since I’m apparently way behind the trend of veggie noodles, I didn’t have anything so I had to make a quick trip to Sur la Table and ended-up with a Spirelli Spiral Slicer.


If you haven’t gotten around to spiralizing yet, you should give it a try! It’s obviously healthier than traditional pasta but also, since I didn’t bother cooking the noodles, it even took less time to prepare.

The immunity-boosting tomato sauce also comes together relatively fast and I love that Angela thought to add chia seeds to the mix. It might sound weird at first but with all of the other textures in there, you barely notice them. Plus they help create a thicker sauce which I personally love. Thick with lots of chunky vegetables is where it’s at, baby!

The recipe also suggests adding lentils but I decided to try out yellow peas instead and they worked great.

yellow peas

Nutrition-wise, split peas are considered to be on-par with lentils but I just thought it would be fun to try something different.

The end-result was a hearty sauce that made for a delicious and satisfying meal. I could feel my immune system thanking me for it too. ;)

Hopefully you get a chance to try some and to check out Angela’s book!

Immunity-Boosting Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms from the Oh She Glows Cookbook

Immunity-Boosting Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Immunity-Boosting Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 sweet onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup packed fresh basil, chopped

1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, including juices

6 to 8 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 to 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper (optional)

2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)

1 cup cooked lentils (optional) (I used yellow peas)


  1. In a large saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic then stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper then sauté for 5 to 6 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  2. Stir in the mushrooms and turn heat to medium-high. Cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until most of the liquid released from the mushrooms has cooked off.
  3. Add the basil, canned tomatoes and their juices, tomato paste, salt, oregano and thyme then stir to combine. Next, add the red pepper flakes, chia seeds, and split peas or lentils, if desired, and stir to combine.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer while stirring every so often. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes and serve over pasta.


I used 6 zucchinis to make enough pasta for the sauce.

Recipe from The Oh She Glows Cookbook

Immunity-Boosting Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms from the Oh She Glows Cookbook


I was not compensated or given free products for this post. I’m just simply a fan of the product. As always, all opinions are entirely my own.

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  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West June 15, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Hi Sarah!

    I’ve been wanting to get a spiralizer and make veggie noodles just like this. I like your substitutions. And your photography is great, too!

    Hope you have a wonderful week!
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  • Erin @ The Almond Eater June 16, 2014, 3:22 am

    I need a spiralizer! I know I need one and I’ve wanted one but I haven’t made the jump yet. Soon soon!
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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 16, 2014, 4:26 am

    Angela’s cookbook is one of those is definitely on my list to get! I’ve been hearing lots of great things about!

    I love making my own tomato sauce and this one sounds so easy and delicious!
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  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen June 16, 2014, 4:33 am

    I also love Angela’s blog. She always post great recipes and beautiful pictures.
    I just got my spiralizer. I can’t wait to try this delicious summer recipe. Thanks for sharing ;-)

  • taylor @ greens & chocolate June 16, 2014, 8:08 am

    I have been wanting to try spiralized veggie noodles too but am dreading buying yet another kitchen appliance. I had no idea you could make them with a julienne peeler! This pasta looks delicious…love how full of veggies it is!!
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  • Julia June 16, 2014, 8:27 am

    I have been meaning to get a copy of that cookbook ever since it came out! I need to fire up the ol’ amazon and check it off the list.

    This recipe looks so beaaaautiful and healthy! I bet I’d instantly fall in love with that sauce and I can always go for a bowl of zucchini noodles. I’m so happy you had a good weekend, my dear!
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  • Britt@MyOwnBalance June 16, 2014, 12:02 pm

    This looks so delicious! I love love love pasta so I’m a big fan of this version!
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  • Jo @ Living Mint Green June 16, 2014, 1:26 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Angela’s blog too, and still have to get my hands on a copy of her cookbook. Her recipes can be labor & time intensive, but it’s always worth the effort!

    I want this for dinner.

    Hi! How are you???
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    • Sarah June 16, 2014, 2:05 pm

      Hey stranger!! :)

  • Isadora @ She Likes Food June 16, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Your weekend sounds like so much fun!! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this cookbook and I think I need to order one for myself! Sometimes I can be lazy and just buy the tomato sauce from the can, but I love the idea of making my own. I can’t wait to try this one, I bet it is so much better than the jarred stuff!
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  • Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition June 16, 2014, 2:36 pm

    So proud of Angela! Can you believe we have all been blogging for so long? Pretty awesome : )
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  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} June 16, 2014, 6:54 pm

    I will eveeentually try my hand at veggie noodles after seeing them all over the blogosphere. I am even further behind the times! I’m with you on the thick, chunky tomato sauce with lots of veggies – yum! Now I just need to get my hands on that cookbook :)
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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats June 16, 2014, 11:41 pm

    I love how packed full of veggies this recipe is! You’ve made me want to buy the cookbook now too as it looks great :)
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  • Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ June 17, 2014, 1:35 am

    I’m still sick, I really need to boost my immune system. Chia seeds in the tomato sauce… gotta try it!

    • Sarah June 17, 2014, 9:45 am

      I hope you feel better soon Daniela!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness June 17, 2014, 8:29 am

    Deeee-lish, I’m a sucker for tomato sauce!

    Oh She Glows was one of the first food blogs I ever read. Her photography is always so gorgeous!!
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  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes June 17, 2014, 9:08 am

    I need a spiralizer! This looks amazing! I like the sound of this cookbook – seems like a real winner.
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  • Anne June 17, 2014, 12:39 pm

    I preordered the book as well because I love Angela’s blog. So far I´ve tried a few recipes and I loved all of them. This wasn´t one of them so I´ll make sure to try it soon! Are you doing ok? Loved the Hawaii pictures btw, I´ve been there once and would love to go back!

    • Sarah June 18, 2014, 11:46 am

      I’m doing great! I hope things are well with you too. :)

      I’m curious, which island did you go to?

      • Anne June 18, 2014, 12:26 pm

        I´ve been to Maui but unfortunately haven´t seen very much of it as I was there with my Hostfamily and took care of the kids most of the time

      • Sarah June 20, 2014, 7:30 am

        I hope you get to go back one day! I also hope you get to come back to California. You have to let me know if you do so that we can meet up!!

  • Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods June 17, 2014, 6:23 pm

    I definitely need to get a spiralizer. I love how you can turn veggies into “pasta”
    This sauce looks delicious!
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