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Vegetable Sauce With Cream Cheese

Vegetable sauce with cream cheese, 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. Particularly nice with pasta of any shapes and sizes.

Overhead shot of a bowl of vegetable sauce with 2 tomatoes, 1 carrot , one garlic bulb and 2 spinach leave next to it

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 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.

Overhead shot of chopped potatoes, carrots and spinach on a chopping board

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. Now, with my second baby, I am a bit lucky, so far at least. She seems to do very well with any food she is offered, but then again, she loves pasta. So, why not make this lovely sauce for both of them? At least I know they both have a nutritious meal.

Being a mum is not an easy job, and you all will agree on that. The feeding part can be specially challenging, a constant worry will eventually tire you out, so it’s good to have some piece of mind from time to time.

SOME MORE BABY/TODDLER-FRIENDLY RECIPES

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta

Butternut Squash Spinach Lasagna

Clean-Eating Turkey Bolognese Recipe

Turkey Spinach Lasagna Recipe with Ricotta

Alfredo Pasta with Salmon

Overhead shot of a plate with a small bowl of vegetable sauce, and vegetables on the side

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Overhead shot of a bowl of vegetable sauce with 2 tomatoes, 1 carrot , one garlic bulb and 2 spinach leave next to it
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Vegetable Sauce with Cream Cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Vegetable sauce with cream cheese, 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. Particularly nice with pasta of any shapes and sizes.
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: International
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 266 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
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 cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
Instructions
  1. 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.

  2. Remove from the heat, drain the liquid and transfer the vegetables to a blender.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from the heat, add the cream cheese and dried basil and mix well.
  5. Serve with cooked pasta.
Nutrition Facts
Vegetable Sauce with Cream Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Potassium 1355mg 39%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 6g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 226%
Vitamin C 47.6%
Calcium 11%
Iron 45.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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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