This is a great recipe for getting hidden vegetables into fussy kids! There are loads of variations on this recipe and you can add pretty much any veggies you like with your tomatoes, I usually add 1 small or half a large courgette too but didn’t have any in today.
You don’t have to, but we blend the sauce with a hand blender so its completely smooth (gets our toddler to actually eat the veggies rather than picking them out!)
Serves four adults. For us, it makes enough for me, DH and toddler and enough for a leftovers lunch the next day.
1 small red pepper
1 small orange pepper
1 small or half a large onion
2 garlic cloves
a handful of cherry tomatoes
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
360g pasta (I use fusili as its easy for little hands to pick up)
Basil or dried mixed herbs (optional)
Half a vegetable stock cube
Sprinkling of cheese (optional)
1.Preheat the oven to 200* (fan 190*). Chop up the peppers, tomatoes, onion and garlic into small-ish chunks and add to a casserole dish with a lug of olive oil.
2. Put the vegetables in the oven and cook them for 10-15 minutes until softened.
3. Add two tins of tomatoes, half a crumbled stock cube and herbs. (I add a few leaves of fresh basil as I have a little basil plant) but you can use a sprinkling of dried basil or mixed herbs. Return to the oven.
4. Put your pasta on to boil and cook for 10-12 minutes (if your pasta needs longer or shorter than this please vary when you put it on to boil).
5. When your pasta is cooked your sauce should also be ready.
6. You can either leave the sauce chunky or puree it with a hand blender to a smooth consistency.
7. Combine the pasta and sauce, top with a little cheese if wanted and serve 🙂
- Top with cheese and / or breadcrumbs and pop back in the oven / grill until golden for a yummy pasta bake.
- Add chopped bacon in with the vegetables for a meatier sauce.
- Add some cream for a richer sauce.
- You can always add some milk to their portion for toddlers to cool it down and dilute the taste a little if needed.
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