Hidden veg pasta sauce
Time: 40 minutes
I don’t know about you, but I’m always trying to get some extra portions of vegetables into my little ones. As much as I’d like to think I can keep presenting them with carrots or broccoli on the side of their plate for them to eat, sometimes it’s nice to avoid the battle and just sneak a few into their dinner which is why this hidden veg pasta sauce is perfect.
I prefer to make our own sauces, as we’ve all heard about the levels of sugar that can find their way into shop bought jars of sauce and they really don’t have to be difficult or too time consuming. This one is great, because as well as tomatoes, it hides away carrots, celery, leek and peppers, so as well as being quick, easy and tasty, it’s really good for you. You can also add other vegetabls you have lying around – things like courgette, or butternut squash would also work in it.
If you want a quick midweek meal, this can be made as a big batch at the weekend, and kept in the fridge for a few days, or freeze it for up to three months. It’s also perfect for babies and toddlers if you freeze it in individual portions in ice cube trays.
We normally just serve it with pasta, but it also works as a pizza sauce if you make your own pizzas.
1 large onion
3 cloves of garlic
2 sticks of celery
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
How to make hidden veg sauce
Prepare the vegetables for your hidden veg sauce
Depending on their age your kids can help with preparing different vegetables. If they are younger get them to help peel the onions, garlic and carrots. If they are a bit older they can help chop the peppers, carrots, leeks and celery.
Cook the vegetables
Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan and gently cook the onion, garlic, celery, leek and carrots for 10-15 minutes until they have softened.
Add the peppers to your pan and cook for another 10 minutes or so.
Finally, get your kids to help add the tins of tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. Give everything a stir, cover and leave to simmer for at least 20 minutes.
Once it’s ready, remove from the heat and use a hand/stick blender to puree the sauce until it is smooth.
Serve with pasta or use as a topping on some homemade pizza.
Hidden veg sauce
- 1 large onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 sticks of celery
- 1 leek
- 3 carrots
- 2 peppers
- 2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Prepare the vegetables
- Peel and chop the onion and garlic, and chop the other vegetables into small pieces.
Cook the vegetables
- Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan and gently cook the onion, garlic, celery, leek and carrots for 10-15 minutes until they have softened.
- Add the peppers to your pan and cook for another 10 minutes or so.
- Add the tins of tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. Give everything a stir, cover and leave to simmer for at least 20 minutes.
- Once it's ready, remove from the heat and use a hand/stick blender to puree the sauce until it is smooth.
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