Super Quick and Easy Veggie Loaded Pasta Sauce for Picky Kids

Your picky kids will (hopefully) love this pasta sauce…

I say ‘hopefully’ because I know what it’s like to have picky kids. There are so many wonderful recipes out there but our kids are NOT into trying new foods. But it is definitely a goal for this year. In fact it’s the next task on the reward chart. My husband has managed, by some miracle, to create a pasta sauce that even Oscar will eat. Oscar is vegephobic so we’re thrilled! It takes a bit of time to prepare, but you can easily portion and freeze the sauce.

All this veg goes into the pasta sauce!


  • 2 Sticks of celery and leaves, cut into chunks
  • 1 Large deseeded red or yellow pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 Large red onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 Medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 4 Tablespoons of good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon of brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 Tins of chopped or whole tomatoes


  • Blend all the vegetables until smooth. I didn’t take a picture because it looks like baby food, or something worse.
  • Heat up 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan.
  • Once spitting hot, add the blended vegetables and fry.
  • Turn down the heat to a good simmer. You want the veg to fry and not boil.
  • Add the dried oregano, salt and pepper to taste. You are going to season again, so don’t add too much salt and pepper.
  • Let the mixture cook until it’s nice and aromatic. It can even catch a bit on the bottom for extra flavour.
  • You can cook the veg for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring regularly. This is the secret to taking away the taste of vegetables.
  • Once it’s catching a bit, add the last tablespoon of olive oil for one last fry and flavour burst.
  • Add the 3 tins of tomatoes and simmer.
  • Add the sugar and season again with salt and pepper.
  • Mash the tomatoes if your child doesn’t like lumps, like ours.
  • Cover it and cook on medium heat for about an hour. Stir occasionally.


  • Spoon over a pasta your kids like. We use a gluten free pulse pasta, which is delicious.
  • Add grated cheese if desired.
  • And let your child enjoy the vegetable-laden pasta sauce.

Do you have any recipes for sneaking vegetables into your children’s diets?

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