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The ultimate sneaky veg hidden veggie pasta sauce recipe

Mandy Mazliah
Sneaky veg sauce is the perfect hidden veggie pasta sauce recipe for picky eaters. My kids love it even though it contains five different vegetables.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Sauce
Cuisine International
Servings 4 people


  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 courgette peeled if green bits are a problem
  • 1 red pepper
  • 400 g piece of butternut squash peeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 100-200 ml water if needed


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6.
  • Place one chopped onion and two cloves garlic in a large roasting tin.
  • Chop the aubergine, courgette, red pepper and peeled butternut squash into similar sized pieces - the smaller they are the quicker they'll cook - and place with the onion and garlic.
  • Pour over 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp oregano and stir well to combine.
  • Place in the oven and roast for around 45 minutes stirring two or three times.
  • When the vegetables are soft pour over a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes and stir well.
  • Pour the amount of sauce you want blended into a blender, or use a handheld stick blender and blend. I usually leave half of the sauce unblended at this stage if I'm going to be eating it too as I prefer it this way.
  • Add water a little at a time if needed until you have a sauce-like consistency.
  • Enjoy!
  • Store any un-used sauce in little pots or ice cube trays in the freezer.
Keyword veggie pasta sauce
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