Anna's Family Kitchen was inspired by my love of food and desire to feed my family healthy, home cooked wholesome meals that are beautifully presented and appealing but don’t require hours of prep in the kitchen.

Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce

We all know the benefits of including more vegetables into our diets but with vegetable adverse children or fussy eaters it can be a challenge. Here’s a great recipe to get your family on the way to their 5 (or is it now 7?!) a day.

You can play with the mix of vegetables. Frozen spinach, red pepper & aubergine all work well. I’ve made this into a sausage pasta but you could add sliced chicken, prawns or keep it vegetarian.

And sometimes simply mixing up the pasta type or shape breaths new life into family meals. I went with Trofie which is made from durum wheat semolina.

Serves: 4

Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Difficulty: easy



1 red onion chopped
1 carrot chopped
1 courgette diced
1 leek sliced
2 cloves garlic
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt and black pepper

12 good quality sausages each cut into 4-5 chunks.

320g dried pasta

If adding sausages, colour them in a pan in a small amount of oil for 10 minutes. Set aside.

If you’re not catering for a vegetarian, you can use the same pan for the sauce.

Add a tbsp oil, the onion & carrot to the pan & soften for a few minutes. Add all the other veg. Colour for a few minutes then add the oregano, 1/2 tsp salt & some black pepper.

Add the chopped tomatoes and oregano. Simmer until your pasta is cooked.

Cook your pasta according to packet instructions and drain.

Blitz the pasta sauce using a hand blender and return the sausages to the pan.

Stir through the pasta and finish with grated Parmesan & fresh herbs if you like.

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