Pasta with tomato & hidden veg sauce

Pasta with tomato & hidden veg sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Get your family to eat more veg with this superhealthy pasta sauce recipe which counts as 5 of your 5-a-day. The sauce is freezable too

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze sauce only
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
381
protein
14g
carbs
79g
fat
3g
saturates
1g
fibre
8g
sugar
22g
salt
0.35g

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 2 peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • 1 tbsp each caster sugar and balsamic vinegar
  • 300g dried pasta shapes
  • parmesan, shaved, and rocket, to serve (optional)

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan and gently cook the onion, celery, carrots and leek until soft, about 20 mins. Add the peppers and cook for 10 mins more, then tip in the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. Simmer for at least 20 mins – the longer the better.
  2. Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Meanwhile, blitz the sauce with a hand blender until smooth, season and return to the heat to keep warm while the pasta cooks. Drain the pasta and toss through the sauce. Serve in bowls topped with shaved Parmesan and rocket leaves, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2011

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ClaireKelly1987's picture
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This is so so good! I added two medium red chillies and it gave it a lovely kick.

michelle_30's picture

Mmm yummy! made this tonight and highly recommend! Easy to make but not as quick as id of liked but well worth the wait and large portions. Great for getting in 5 day! Try it

fayfumbs's picture
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A very tasty, versatile sauce. Served it over pasta and homemade turkey meatballs. I wasn't going to blend it and leave it chunky, but it was a bit too thick. Glad I did blend it as the flavour was much better

minibear's picture

I also added garlic to this, 3 cloves, I'd say it definitely needs it. It's an ok tasting sauce, a bit sweet for me, maybe next time if I make it again, I'll leave out the sugar as the carrots and peppers add enough sweetness for my taste. A bit disappointed after all the rave reviews but I guess it's a personal taste thing.

heatherrellis's picture

Wow! I have been trying to eat more healthier and find more exciting things to do with veg, this recipe appealed to me as I love pasta dishes too. Having just made a batch (easily enough for about 8-10 servings!) I cannot recommend enough. As I don't usually use peppers, I added an extra to finish off the pack and increased a few of the other veg for the same reason. I couldn't find leeks but added a parsnip and 1/3 of a courgette (zucchini). Followed timings etc but used my homemade garlic infused olive oil and three chopped up cloves as I didn't have garlic tomato and we LOVE our garlic. Three tins of basic chopped tomatoes to cover the extra veg and a splash of lemon juice.

Having just had a portion of pasta with what I thought was a portion of sauce, I am delighted to say I am overstuffed - next time, I can reduce my portion size as all the veg makes this so filling. A great recipe and nice quick meal during the week!

maltawildcat's picture

Just made this sauce for future use, used the exact ingredients as listed and have enough for at least 8 servings. Must be something to do with the vegetables we grow here in Malta. Big does not cover it. Tastes bootiful, can't wait to have pasta meal this week, think it will go great with meatballs as well. Thanks for this.

cathyjaz99's picture

What a great way to hide veg! Have a glut of marrows and my two boys are tired of eating chunks of marrow in their food! After cooking the marrow, onion and garlic, I blended them, then added this to chopped tomatoes, red pepper, chilli flakes and a diced chorizo.
They loved it and they were completely unaware of the added ingredient! Will definitely make again.

uk2901's picture
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A great midweek dish! I didn't have any pepper so I added some red chilli to give it a bit more flavour. Also added black olives at the end. Very yummy especially with the rocket and parmesan on top. Will definitely make this again!

jaynelearningtocook's picture
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Made this for the first time tonight and everyone ate it (two fussy daughters) so it is five star in my book. Takes a little bit of time but worth it. I added some basil leaves and dried oregano and used half a tablespoon of vinegar, as it has been overpowering in the past with other recipes. The only thing I would tweak next time is to slightly reduce the sugar to half a tablespoon as it was just a tad sweeter than I'd like. This will become a regular dish, and definitely once for batch making and freezing.

bobbyg's picture
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2 year old son loves this meal. I mix in soft cheese to make it creamy.

aprodolgok's picture
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This is a really great vegie pasta recipe. I added garlic, some fresh parsley and basil leaves and a pinch of chili flakes. AMAZING, yumm!

mrsthorbs's picture
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mrsthorbs's picture
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A really tasty recipe that's become a firm family favourite! To add a bit more flavour, I tend to roast the red peppers while the onion etc are cooking and then instead a simmering, chuck the whole lot into the slow cooker for 8 hours. Delicious and perfect for freezing!

gabrielabrach2's picture
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It's quick and really nice and I can 'smuggle' some veg to my daugther's meal. I also use it as pizza sauce base.

chatonette's picture

Made this with a change...my children instantly spot a "homemade" sauce, so I substituted a jar of ready-made pasta sauce for one of the tins of tomatoes. Still healthier than just store-bought sauce on its own, but with a healthy twist of pureed veggies, and my children were none the wiser.

mortscook's picture
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This is a brillinat Mid-week or Lunch meal. I make a large pan on Sunday pop in the Freezer and have many a nice lunch at work over the next few weeks

mortscook's picture
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This is a brillinat Mid-week or Lunch meal. I make a large pan on Sunday pop in the Freezer and have many a nice lunch at work over the next few weeks

philhowardbrand's picture
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Really good sauce, tastes amazing - was really surprised by how good it tasted. My girlfriend doesn't like veg and this was a great way to get it into her diet. The sauce takes a while to make, so make a big batch and freeze some.

josiepud23's picture

I'm making this for my family tonight. I hope it lovely!!!!

sarahwakefield's picture
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Great veggie sauce - easy to make and ideal for freezing. I used a tomato, basil and chilli tomato sauce plus a can of standard tomatoes after reading some of the other reviews. Also stirred through some creme fraiche for the last few minutes which gives it a lovely smooth texture.

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