Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce, the only homemade sauce you must have in the fridge to bring a smile on those fussy little eaters’ face; babies, toddlers, boyfriends/husbands included. Great with pasta of any shapes and sizes.
When I first started introducing solids to my first 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, 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 loved pasta with tomato sauce, I decided to have a try at hidding some veggies and see how she took it. She loved it! Once again, mummy could relax. At least something she liked.
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.
How to make the best hidden vegetable pasta sauce
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 and way too much salt. And I dare say, probably not so much veggies either. A much healthier version can be cooked at home.
- heat up the oil, and gently fry the onion, then add the garlic and fry for a further 30 seconds
- add the chopped vegetables, over with water or low-salt vegetable stock, and leave to cook until the veggies are tender
- drain the water, then transfer everything to a blender and blitz until smooth
- transfer the sauce back to the pan, add the tomato puree, cream cheese and basil, and leave to simmer for about 2 minutes or so
- if you cook for older kids, you can season it to taste with salt and pepper
To store the sauce, add it to a plastic container and refrigerate for 2-3 days. Alteratively, you can freeze it to use whenever needed. Just add freshly cooked pasta, and you have one healthy and delicious meal ready in less than 15 minutes.
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Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce, the only homemade sauce you must have in the fridge to bring a smile on those fussy little eaters' face; babies, toddlers, boyfriends/husbands included. Great with pasta of any shapes and sizes.
- 1 potato
- 1 carrot
- 5 fresh spinach leaves
- 1 spring onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 4 tbsp tomato passata
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp cream cheese
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
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 for about 10-15 minutes or 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.