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Hidden Veg

Tomato Sauce

Use on Everything


Hidden Goodness

Why We Love It

Having a fussy eater in the household can be challenging at dinner and lunch times. How can you get the kids to eat healthy when they turn their nose up at almost everything?

Most kids love plain pasta and tomato sauce though so you can trick them into eating veggies with this smooth tomato sauce recipe!

The really great thing about this sauce is just how convenient it is! Make a batch every month, pop it in the freezer and dip into your stash when you need to. Use it as sauce for pizza, sandwiches, soup bases and more!

What You'll Need

1 Tbsp x Olive Oil
2 x Garlic Cloves
1 x Onion
2 x Leeks
3 x Carrots
2 x Sticks of Celery
2 x Courgettes
1 x Red Bell Pepper
½ Litre x Vegetable Stock
1 Tbsp x Tomato Purée
1 Tsp x Italian Herbs
1.5Kg x Passata
1 Tsp x Paprika


Finely dice the onions, carrots, celery sticks, leeks and courgettes. Chop the bell pepper into small pieces and crush the two garlic cloves.

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the onion. Fry for 2 -3 minutes until onions are lightly golden. Then add the crushed garlic and stir for one minute before adding the rest of the chopped vegetables.

Add the passata and the vegetable stock and mix well with ingredients in the pan. Then add the tomato purée, Italian Herbs and a pinch of paprika, stir and bring to the boil.

Allow the sauce to simmer for about 20 minutes on medium heat. The sauce will be ready when the vegetables are soft.

When the sauce is ready, remove from the heat Now for the sneaky bit - use a hand blender and carefully blitz the sauce until it is smooth and no trace of veg can be seen.

You can store the sauce in a large jar in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If the sauce is too thick for your liking, add water or more vegetable stock to thin it out.