Hidden-Vegetable Tomato Sauce

This Annabel Karmel recipe is one I have used a lot, since The Boy Child was weaned. He’s none too keen on eating veg when they look like veg, but he scoffs this down with alacrity. I serve it with pasta or fish cakes/fingers and we use it as the tomato base on our home-made pizzas.

Makes 4 adult portions or 8 little person portions.
2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
100g/4oz carrots, peeled and grated
50g/2oz courgette, grated
50g/2oz button mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
400g/14oz passata (ready-sieved tomatoes)
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
1 vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 400ml (2/3 pint) boiling water
handful fresh basil leaves
salt & pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the crushed garlic and saute for a few seconds, then add the onion and saute for a further 2 minutes. Add the carrots, courgettes and mushrooms and saute for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for one minute. Stir in the passata and sugar, cover and simmer for 8 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the basil and season to taste. Transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth.

The added advantage of this recipe is that it seems to work out okay on approximate timings, if you forget to set a timer (that would be me who constantly forgets to set the timer …).

13 thoughts on “Hidden-Vegetable Tomato Sauce

  1. I still end up blending sauces because Claire (who's nearly 20!) still doesn't like eating vegetables but will eat the sauces if she can't see them. Might give this recipe a try for a change. Thanks 🙂


  2. Oh yes – I used to make my own version of hidden vegetable sauce 🙂 Now The Boy loves vegetables so there's no need to hide them, but The Girl won't eat them however well they may be hidden *sigh*….


  3. My lot won't eat vegetables – one only likes peas,one only likes cauliflower and one won't eat anything but broccoli- made a rod for my own back when they were little by cooking all different things didn't I ? lol 🙂


  4. Mmm…sounds divine! I love vegi's and now that our son's are grown men, they do too. But there was the time when they'd pitch a fit at the sight of cooked vegi's.

    Thanks for popping by. We're still digging out from our 24+ inches of snow!



  5. I love Annabel Karmel's books. I've made this recipe a few times. My kids seem to have texture issues with food. I like cruchy raw fruits and veggies and pureed fruits and veggies but won't eat them cooked unless they can be mushed completely.


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