Secret tomato sauce for pasta

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Serves: 4

By d1153408341974b002142

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tin chopped tomato

  • 0.5 red pepper chopped

  • 1 courgette cut into discs

  • 1 handful cheese to serve

  • 1 tsp fresh parsley

  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped

  • 1/2 carrot peeled and grated

  • 1 large onions peeled and chopped

  • 1 tbsp tomato puree

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 1 handful basil

  • 1 bag pasta cooked


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan.
  2. Fry the onion and garlic in oil until the onion is turning translucent.
  3. Add the pepper and fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the courgette and fry until the pepper and courgette are softened.
  5. Stir in the grated carrot and parsley.
  6. Add tomatoes and purée or passata
  7. Bring back to the boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or about the time it takes to cook the pasta. Stir occasionally and add a little water if it looks too thick.
  8. Add the basil leaves.
  9. With a hand held blender, blend to a purée.
  10. Pour over cooked pasta and mix in grated cheese to melt.

Handy Hint

Use whatever vegetables you have to hand, or want your child to eat. Just keep the main ingredient as tomatoes sweetened with carrot to keep that as the predominant taste.

This can also be used as the base for bolognese sauce, just add cooked mince. Or, for a more grown up dish, add more herbs and seasoning and/or leave the vegetables more chunky.

When and how to freeze: Put in freezer-safe tupperware after cooking
How long will it last?: Up to six months
How do I cook it?: Pop it in a pan from frozen - it'll be ready in ten minutes

Additional Information

  • Make Ahead

  • Can Freeze

  • tomato

  • Pasta

  • Main Course

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Egg Free

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  • Sunshineandwaves 01/07/17 03:30

    My kids loved this.

  • zippy30 06/12/15 15:26

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  • zippy30 06/12/15 15:26

    I make a batch of this and freeze it - really tasty and healthy and the green bits are well hidden. My 4 year old likes it and usually eats it!

  • katherine2008 26/04/13 17:37

    Wow - didn't expect it but the kids ate the lot. Two seriously fussy pre-schoolers aged 1 and 4. Thank you!

  • marimba 31/03/09 21:16

    I've long avoided these hidden veg things, thinking that eventually, those green things on the side of the plate will get eaten, but after 18 months of trying, I gave in. This really works- all eaten by a seemingly vegetable phobic 3 year old

  • 19/01/08 22:51

    The "Secret" is the hidden vegetables! But if it gets children to eat veg, particularly of the green variety, it's a secret worth keeping! Some veg prep is involved, but make a batch lot and freeze in individual portions for a low salt, low sugar staple to heat up when in a rush