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Creamy hidden vegetable tomato sauce

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with Philadelphia cream cheese, the only home-made sauce you must have in the fridge to bring a smile on those fussy little eaters’ face; babies, toddlers, boyfriends/husbands included.

When I first started introducing solids to my baby, I could not believe my eyes: she grabbed the spoon herself and had a mouthful of the roasted parsnip soup I had prepared for her. And not only did she like it, but also looked at me with an I want more look. Phew, that was easy! Some months later, and she decided that mummy’s job was way too easy and it was about time she started being fussy. Oh, dear! She still loves her fruit, but for some reasons, she would be quite picky with veggies she used to love. So, what is the solution? As she loves pasta with tomato sauce, I have decided to have a try at hidding some veggies and see how she takes it. She loved it! Once again, mummy can relax. 

I actually liked this sauce so much, I cooked quite a lot for the whole family too. Who doesn’t like pasta? Easy meal, fuss-free. You can add a pinch of salt and pepper too, I did not add any since it was for my baby too, and I honestly did not think it needed any seasoning at all, especially if you add some basil too. You could experiment with other veggies too, or, for a vegan-friendly recipe, omit the cream cheese. It really is superb, so forget the store-bough tomato sauce jars loaded with refined sugar. A much healthier version can be cooked at home. I have cooked a much simpler tomato sauce before, for my Tomato and basil spaghetti recipe, but only added a few ingredients. But that is super delicious too. Who’s going to cook some pasta today?

Creamy hidden vegetable tomato sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 potato
  • 1 carrot
  • 5 fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 tbsp tomato passata
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil

Method:

  • Peel and chop the carrot, sprinach leaves, potato, spring onion and garlic clove.
Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

  • Add the vegetable oil to a pan and fry the onion and garlic for a few seconds, then add the other vegetables, cover with water and leave to cook on a medium heat until all vegetables are tender.
  • Remove from the heat, drain the liquid and transfer the vegetables to a blender.
  • Blitz to a smooth consistency, then add to the pan again together with the tomato passata and heat it up for about 2 minutes, stirring continuosly. 
  • Remove from the heat, add the cream cheese and dried basil and mix well.
  • Serve with cooked pasta.

Enjoy! 🙂

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheeseHidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

Hidden vegetable tomato sauce with cream cheese

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    June 6, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I love the nutrients packed into this recipe…sounds amazing and healthy. Perfect!!

  • Reply
    Molly
    June 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    This looks so easy to make and love the color. I love making homemade sauces and bookmarking it for future use.

  • Reply
    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    June 6, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Brilliant way to get those fussy eaters to eat some more veggies! Hope your baby isn’t giving you a hard time with this one!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      June 7, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Thank you, Vicky! She loved it, finished everything in her bowl, yaaay

  • Reply
    Lucy
    June 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Yum! This would be so good over pasta, and I bet my son would eat it up. What a great idea to include so many healthy veggies!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    June 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    This looks so creamy and delicious! I wish I’d had this recipe when my kids were young! ?

  • Reply
    Millie Thom
    June 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    A very wholesome sauce, Daniela, packed with all that vegetable goodness. I hope your little one continues to love this recipe. It certainly looks and sounds delicious.

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      June 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you, Millie. Pasta with this sauce seems to be her favourite food at the moment, cheeky little one has learnt that throwing tantrums is fun, especially when it comes about having food :))

  • Reply
    Rita Lee
    August 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Daniela Apostol,
    According to your article i made Creamy hidden vegetable tomato sauce for my baby………
    my baby like this so much !
    Great thanks for sharing !

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      August 22, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you! Yes, my baby loves it, it is a nice recipe that doesn’t take long at all to cook.

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