Five-vegetable pasta

Five-vegetable pasta

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Something for Everyone
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Ben Dearnley

I’m generally not keen on sneaking hidden vegetables into children’s meals, only because I think it can exacerbate fussy eating if vegetables aren’t seen in their whole form. Having said that, this pasta sauce is definitely a handy way of boosting vegetable variety. If you serve some steamed beans on the side, you will have ticked both boxes.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, halved
1 large carrot, diced
155g pumpkin, diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
100g cauliflower, diced
1 zucchini, diced
6 button mushrooms, sliced
600g ripe tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon brown sugar, (optional; omit for baby's serve)
1 small handful basil
or 1 small handful oregano leaves
pasta, cooked, to serve
parmesan cheese, grated, to serve

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion, garlic, carrot and pumpkin for 6–8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the cauliflower, zucchini, mushroom, tomato, sugar (if using) and 80 ml water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25–30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a food processor (or use a stick blender). Add the basil, then blend or process to your desired consistency.
  4. Divide the cooked pasta among serving bowls and top with the five-vegetable sauce. Sprinkle over the parmesan, if liked.

Baby’s serve

  • For a younger baby, blend the pasta and sauce to a smooth consistency, or stir smaller pasta shapes (such as stars) through the sauce. For an older baby, chop up the pasta, or use smaller shapes, and stir through the sauce.

Toddler’s serve

  • Serve as for an older baby or simply as is.
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