Fussy eaters top-your-own sweet tomato pasta

Fussy eaters top-your-own sweet tomato pasta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 6 hungry children
Packed with goodness and with extra toppings to choose from, even the fussiest eaters will be happy with this sweet tomato pasta

Nutrition and extra info

  • sauce only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal264
  • fat3g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 1⁄2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped into chunks
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • splash of red wine vinegar
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 400g pasta (we used fusilli)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • jar of pesto canned tuna, shredded ham, shredded cooked chicken and more grated Parmesan, to serve (optional)



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.



  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the red pepper and sweet potato, and cook for 5-10 mins until they start to soften. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Add the red wine vinegar, sizzle for a moment, then add the chopped tomatoes and season. Cover and simmer for 30 mins until the sweet potato is really soft, adding a splash of water if it starts to look dry. Tip the sauce into a blender (or use a hand blender) and whizz until smooth. Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead or frozen for up to 3 months.

  2. Cook the pasta following pack instructions and reheat the sauce gently in a saucepan. Once the pasta is cooked, drain well and toss with the sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Serve the pasta in a big bowl for everyone to help themselves, with extra toppings to choose from to keep fussy eaters happy.

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16th Oct, 2016
This is a great idea, and my go to when any of the kids have a friend round. My kids like olives and anchovies but many kids don't. Having bowls of toppings for basic tomato pasta works well . Bowls of olives, cherry tomatoes, red onion, red and yellow peppers, sliced chilli, tuna or ham and extra cheese. Doing it this way even converted one child to olives
3rd Aug, 2014
Great idea ...... have been doing similar for my daughter and her friends using either a tomato or a cheese based sauce. We call it pick'n'mix pasta.
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2nd Aug, 2014
Looks a very good filling vegetable, sauce, and choices for everyone at the table, great and small!
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