Hidden Vegetable Sauce


Shh … Don’t tell anyone! There are five vegetables hiding inside this super tasty tomato vegetable sauce. A great way to get children to eat vegetables...what they can’t see, they can’t pick out! This also works well as a topping for pizza, as a pasta sauce or even as a sauce for accompayning different meats and vegetables.

Hidden Vegetable Sauce
10 minutes
25 minutes
Best for
4 adults
Suitable for freezing


  • 2 tbsp light olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 100g carrots, peeled and grated
  • 50g courgette, grated
  • 50g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 400g passata (ready-sieved tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 400ml boiling water
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the crushed garlic and sauté for a few seconds, then add the onion and sauté for a further 2 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots, courgette and mushrooms and sauté for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 miinute.
  4. Stir in the passata and sugar, cover and simmer for 8 minutes.
  5. Add the vegetable stock and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  6. Add the basil and season to taste. 
  7. Transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth.


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  • My boy loves it.. He is a fussy eater n there is only a handful of recipes I can try with him.. He is 16 months now n I have been using this recipe frm his 9mnths.. It’s a great one.. Mummy is happy with the hidden veggies n baby is happy with a full tummy.. :)

    08 Jan 2015

  • Made this for my 2 year old although he is not a fussy eater he sticks to the same veg and 6 month old BLW baby both loved it and its a brilliant way of getting extra veg into them both

    08 Oct 2013

  • I have used this sauce since I discovered in when my 3 1/2 year old was weaning and use it with my 9 month old now too.  I cook it in big bulks, heat a little through separately for the baby and then the rest for us (my husband, eldest son and I) but I put a little chopped red chilli in for us for a spicy kick. An easy tea for all 4 of us. It is great for pasta, chicken and meatballs etc

    08 Jul 2012

  • Hi,  This may sound extremely stupid but is it the sauce I can freeze or the whole thing and then defrost it?  Thank you x

    16 Aug 2011

  • i gave my 9month old chicken curry with
    potatoe she loved it

    13 Mar 2010

  • Just made this today for my 10 and half month old.  Instead of celery i added pork so he can get his protein.  I let him try some when i’d made it and i couldn’t get more on the spoon quick enough! He loves it! Great recipe. :)

    20 Jan 2010

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