Kids (or grown-ups!) in the house that won’t eat any veg? This is a simple recipe that has become a true staple for many! ‘Hidden veg sauce’ can be used the base for so many dishes - pasta sauces, lasagne, cottage pie, curries, as a pizza sauce. You name it!
· 2 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
· 1 large red onion - finely chopped
· 1 red pepper - diced
· 1 courgette – diced
· 1 carrot – finely chopped
· 1 handful of baby spinach
· 400-500ml of tomato passata
You can add and/or replace any other leftover veg to make this sauce.
Sauté the onion and garlic in a little olive oil, along with a good pinch of salt until the onion has softened.
Add the pepper, courgette and carrot and continue to cook until they have started to soften.
Add the passata and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes until all the veg is soft.
Add the spinach and turn off the heat. There will be enough heat in the sauce to wilt the spinach.
Transfer all of this into a blender or use a handstick blender to blend into a sauce that looks, smells and tastes just like a tomato sauce, yet has an abundance of nutrients packed in.
This sauce freezes well so it’s a perfect candidate for batch cooking.