Dinner · Healthy

Five a Day Sauce

My kids love to eat pasta, getting them to eat vegetables however, is a virtually impossible task. This is where a pasta sauce comes in. I load it with vegetables, generally whatever I have in the fridge, blitz it and stir cooked pasta into it. My girls love it and I know they are getting a good portion of vegetables. It freezes very well so I always have a portion to hand.

Here is one I made today, this gave me 12 portions, I don’t weigh or measure here, just bung everything in & adjust the liquid as necessary. I like it to be quite thick so it ‘clings’ to the pasta.

The children call it ‘5 A Day Sauce’ as they know there will be a minimum of five vegetables in it.


1 tablespoon Rapeseed Oil/Olive Oil.(I used Rapeseed)
2 red or white onions, chopped
2/3 cloves garlic, chopped
Bunch of celery, chopped
5 carrots, chopped
2/3 Peppers, chopped
2 Courgettes, chopped
Mushrooms, chopped
2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
2 tin tomatoes (I used plum)
 A teaspoon or two each of dried basil and oregano


1 Heat the oil in a large pan or wok. Add the onion & garlic and soften. If you find they’re sticking to the pan at any stage just add a drop of water.
2 Add the carrots and celery & cook for about 5 minutes, then add the rest of the veg and tomato puree. Give everything a good stir, making sure the tomato puree is well mixed in.
3 Add the tomatoes, filling each can with water and adding this too. Bring everything to the boil and add your herbs.
4 Leave the sauce on a gentle simmer for as long as it takes to fully cook the carrots. Stir regularly and add more water if necessary.
5 When you are happy that the vegetables are cooked and the consistency is how you want it, blitz the sauce in a blender.
6 My girls like it served with pasta and topped with a little grated cheese, and I like to see them eating lots of veg!

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