15 Minute Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce & Froothie Optimum VAC 2 Blender Review
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15 minute Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Perfect for busy weeknights and fussy kids, this super easy Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce takes just 15 minutes to whip up and packs in a whopping 7 different vegetables and absolutely no added sugar or other hidden nasties that you often find in shop bought pasta sauces. Serve with wholegrain pasta for a super healthy dinner (or the regular kind, if brown spaghetti is a step to far for your lot!) This pasta dish is vegan, vegetarian and dairy free. The pasta sauce itself is gluten free too.
Recipe Type Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Serves 8 people
Calories 35 kcal
Author Eb Gargano

Ingredients

  • 1 onion peeled and halved
  • 2 cloves garlic skin removed
  • 1 stick of celery chopped roughly
  • 1 medium carrot chopped roughly
  • 1 red or yellow (bell) pepper deseeded and chopped roughly
  • 1 small courgette chopped roughly
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • Large handful of basil (roughly 15 grams / ½ oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve

  • Wholewheat spaghetti (or pasta of choice – use gluten free pasta if you want to make this gluten free)
  • Parmesan or vegan equivalent grated (optional)
  • Extra basil roughly torn

Method

  1. Place all the pasta sauce ingredients into your blending jug. Put the lid on top, making sure you align the two arrows. Place the small lid insert on top of the lid ensuring the arrow is pointing at the unlock position, turn 90 degrees to lock.
  2. Place the blending jug on the main body of the blender.
  3. Plug the blender in and press the Press the ON/OFF button to switch it on. Select the SOUP function. Press the ON/OFF button and the blender will magically turn your ingredients into a delicious pasta sauce.

  4. If any of the ingredients don’t blend properly. Stop the blender, take out the small lid and use the tamper to push the ingredients onto the blades, then replace the small lid and restart the blender.
  5. To serve, stir into cooked, drained pasta and garnish with extra basil and grated cheese/vegan cheese alternative, if you wish. Alternatively use as a pizza sauce, or as a base for bolognese, lasagne, chilli con carne (or sin carne, if you prefer) and stews.

  6. Freeze or refrigerate any leftovers for future use.

Notes

To make this in a regular blender or food processor, simply blend the pasta sauce ingredients and then warm the sauce in a pan on the hob before adding to the pasta.

Please note, not all blenders may be able to handle blending raw vegetables. Please refer to the manufacturers guidelines if you are unsure.

Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Nutrition is based on 1 portion of the sauce only (it does not include the pasta.)

Nutrition Facts
15 minute Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35
% Daily Value*
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 340mg10%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1615IU32%
Vitamin C 27.8mg34%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.