Hidden Veggies Pasta Sauce

  • Servings : 12 - 24 tbsp
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 30m

There are times when I come home from a big day and am really unprepared for Harry’s lunch or dinner. One thing I know he loves and will devour is a big bowl of wholemeal pasta. It makes life so much easier to have a batch of pre-made sauce in the freezer. I make a batch once a month, and throw in some chopped veggies or peas when cooking the pasta, it is so easy.

Tip: this is my recipe that I used last week. However, you can hide as many veggies in there as you wish.

Tip: Freeze in small individual portions (i.e. ice cube style solids tray). Once frozen pop out the cubes and store in a freezer proof bag.

Note: store bought stock generally contains added salt and gluten – in general homemade is best or check for gluten free specified, if required for allergy purposes.

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  • 1 tin salt reduced diced tomatos
  • 1 tbs salt reduced tomato puree
  • 1 small brown onion, finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1/2 cup water or salt reduced vegetable stock*
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet potato
  • 250g organic beef, diced
  • 1 small tin corn kernels (or use 1 fresh cob)
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 tbs fresh herbs - basil, parsley (optional)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • *Note: store bought stocks often contain gluten.


Step 1

Heat the oil in a fry pan over medium. Add the beef and brown all over. Once brown, add the onions and garlic and sauté for a few minutes. Add the capsicum, water and tomato, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer. -

Step 2

Add the sweet potato, corn and zucchini, cover and simmer for around 10 minutes or until the beef is cooked and the vegetables are tender. Stir through the herbs and remove from the heat. -

Step 3

Process mixture until a sauce forms. Depending on the age of your child you can either completely blend to a puree or leave some texture. -

Step 4

Reheat: To reheat, either use the microwave and cook until boiling for a few minutes. Alternatively reheat to boiling in a saucepan on the stove. Once heated stir through cooked pasta and sprinkle with grated cheese. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Joanna on January 22, 2013

    I think you forgot capsicum in your ingredients list. Just made a batch and it looks and smells fantastic. Look forward to tasting it later!

  2. posted by Jodie on May 15, 2014

    Hello, I made this and added a heap of mushrooms however it turned out very grainy. Any thoughts on how to improve the texture to make it more palpatable?

    • posted by Allie on January 28, 2015

      Perhaps push it through a sieve?

  3. posted by Anni on June 7, 2022

    I used to love making these for the freezer, but my son can’t have tomato now. Any suggestions?


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