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Cheesy Veggie Pasta Sauce

Cheesy Veggie Pasta Sauce
Need a new way to serve vegetables to your toddler? Try out this tasty vegetable pasta sauce. It's very easy to make, and is made almost entirely of vegetables!

This sauce is flavoured using onion, garlic, basil and pepper, but you can easily add in any of your favourite herbs and spices.

To make this delicious and healthy sauce, simply cook everything up and whiz in a blender for a few minutes.

I used frozen mixed vegetables for this pasta sauce, and they tend to cook up much softer than fresh vegetables. If you are using fresh vegetables you may need to add a tiny bit more water to give this sauce the right consistency. 

You could also use this as a healthy dipping sauce for vegetable sticks, cheese sticks, or crackers.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed vegetables, chopped (I used carrots, beans, broccoli and cauliflower)
  • 1 tbsp onion, diced very finely
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (plus extra to serve)
  • Pinch pepper
  • Pinch dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked pasta

Method

Cook vegetables by boiling or steaming until tender.

Meanwhile, fry onion and garlic in a little olive oil or butter for a few minutes, until tender and starting to brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Once vegetables are cooked, strain if necessary and put into a blender. Add onion, garlic, cheese, basil and pepper.

Blend to make a sauce. If the mixture seems too thick and dry, start adding in some water and blending until it turns into a thick sauce.

Cook pasta according to packet directions.

Drain pasta, return to pot, and immediately add the sauce. Mix to combine.

Serve with a sprinkle of grated cheese.

Makes 2-3 toddler sized servings.


DID YOU KNOW...

  • Broccoli can be eaten raw or cooked, but steaming this vegetable provides the most health benefits.
  • Carrots are packed full of beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into vitamin A. Carrots are one of the best sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A is good for your skin, bones, teeth, and vision. Beta-carotene is also what gives carrots their distinct orange colour.

 

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