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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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.

reecenambersmummy's picture
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Delicious, everyone in my family loves this. I add fresh garlic and chilli's. I make loads & freeze it, and I have used it as lasagne sauce & pizza sauce as well.

daveewilliams's picture

Spot on whitechoco84. Even if you dont like spicy food a teaspoon of chilli flakes just lifts the flavour. Obviously the hotter you like it the more you need to add.

I like to add Maggi seasoning towards the beginning of the recipe as well.

cc-offe's picture
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This is delicious, you can even turn it into a soup if you want with some chicken stock and a little cream at the end, a definite keeper!

whitechoco84's picture

I'm planning to try this but/// it needs chilli from just reading!

philhowardbrand's picture
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easy, cheap, doesn't need meat or anything else. makes enough to serve 4-5.

delilahkayesmith's picture
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Made this in a desperate attempt to get my stubborn daughter to eat more vegetables. I told her the sauce was a normal tomato one and she wolfed down 2 portions unknowingly. Success.

lizita's picture

Absolutely delicious but makes a mountain of sauce!

angieglenn87's picture
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I love this recipe! Its so easy, I make a big batch of it and freeze it in portions when I have carrots and celery in the fridge that need to be used. Its tasty AND good for you!

mrsmelaniek's picture
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This is a very yummy 'alternative' to the pasta sauces that I usually make. I added more cheese than in the recipe though as I love cheese (and also stuck a bit of blue cheese in-it was yummy!) The recipe allowed for leftovers for the next day too-always a bonus in our house!

wanton42's picture
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Just made this, and it tasted lovely, however, it is Not 5 portions of veg per serving! Each portion must be different. Whilst it has 4 portions of tomato, 4 of peppers and at a stretch 4 of carrot. 1 portion is a whole leek, 3 celery sticks, and a medium onion. So this gives you 3&abit of your 5-a-day. Minor quibble, but bit mis-advertised. I also found it was improved a lot by a) adding marmite and b) freezing and defrosting.

gallowae's picture
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Really delicious, very pleasantly surprised!

charlotte-keys's picture

Brilliant, brilliant recipe!

haslop's picture
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Really love this recipe, so tasty. Great way to eat your 5 a day! I found I had enough sauce to freeze half so a week later I turned some sausages into meatballs and added them to the sauce with mushrooms. This sauce has become a firm favourite in my house now.

mian8910's picture
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I found that it was a lot of effort to make a pasta. It tasted OK, but wasn't anything special...

helenbartlett2010's picture
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This sauce has a fantastic flavour. Even my very fussy 6 year old loved it. Make it, right now!

lizzachary's picture
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Surprised me by how yummy it was!

glasgow's picture
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This was yummy - I added some dried herbs & next time will add garlic since I only had normal chopped tomatoes. Will be making a batch to freeze.

lynetterice's picture
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Lovely - really tasty and healthy sauce. The whole family loved it.

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