Monday, 10 February 2014

Hidden vegetable pasta sauce

Hidden vegetable pasta sauce

Even the most enthusiastic vegetable eater has their off days.  This was an invention when my son had one of those but it would be great for those more confirmed vegetable avoiders!

Hidden veg pasta sauce - serves 1 to 2


1 small clove garlic
45g, 1.5oz Courgette (zucchini)
30g, 1oz Carrot
45g, 1.5oz Bacon
1/2 tsp Olive oil
Approx 250g, 9oz passata
1/4 tsp mild, sweet paprika


Grate the courgette, carrot and garlic.  Fry this in the oil, adding the chopped bacon.  Fry this all together for approx 5 minutes.

In the meantime put the pasta on to cook.  Either you could serve this with a small amount of pasta to make it something like a stew or with lots of pasta so it's more like a sauce.

Add in the passata and the paprika and bubble for approx 5 minutes.  Serve mixed through with the pasta and sprinkled with cheese if liked.

Make it Thrifty:

Look out for packs of 'cooking bacon' which are offcuts of bacon sold cheaply for cooking.  You also don't need to peel carrots for this recipe, just wash off any dirt and trim the end before grating.

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