I freely admit that this is nothing new. There are hundred of recipes for hidden vegetable pasta sauce.
And that is because it works. You can hide a load of vegetables in a pasta sauce and feed it to your fussy eater and they will wolf it down and bang the plate on the table for more. Because every toddler likes pasta. And no toddler cares about the vegetables they can’t see.
So here you go: my completely unoriginal and completely successful hidden vegetable pasta sauce.
What you need
A mix of veg
Tin of chopped tomatoes
What you do
- Finely dice your veg. I used onion, celery, peppers, mushrooms, courgette and fresh tomatoes.
- Heat some olive oil. If your kids will eat garlic, add some of that and cook off, then add all the chopped veg and cook gently over a low heat until soft
- Add the chopped tomatoes and just enough stock to cover
- Simmer for 20 minutes until the sauce thickens then season
- Meanwhile, cook your pasta
- Take a hand blender and smoosh the sauce up. How liquid you go depends on your child – you may skip this step all together. I left some lumps but blended it enough so the veg weren’t easily identifiable.
- Serve the sauce over fresh pasta, with grated cheese if you like.
This sauce freezes well. You can also add mince to this, or ham or chicken.