Thursday, 11 February 2010

Hidden-Vegetable Tomato Sauce

This Annabel Karmel recipe is one I have used a lot, since DS was weaned. He's none too keen on eating veg when they look like veg, but he scoffs this down with alacrity. I serve it with pasta or fish cakes/fingers.
Makes 4 adult portions or 8 little person portions.

2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
100g/4oz carrots, peeled and grated
50g/2oz courgette, grated
50g/2oz button mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
400g/14oz passata (ready-sieved tomatoes)
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
1 vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 400ml (2/3 pint) boiling water
handful fresh basil leaves
salt & pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the crushed garlic and saute for a few seconds, then add the onion and saute for a further 2 minutes. Add the carrots, courgettes and mushrooms and saute for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for one minute. Stir in the passata and sugar, cover and simmer for 8 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the basil and season to taste. Transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth.
The added advantage of this recipe is that it seems to work out okay on approximate timings, if you forget to set a timer (that would be me who constantly forgets to set the timer ...). Also, I should think it would work the same on any other combination of veg.


Rhona said...

I still end up blending sauces because Claire (who's nearly 20!) still doesn't like eating vegetables but will eat the sauces if she can't see them. Might give this recipe a try for a change. Thanks :)

humel said...

Oh yes - I used to make my own version of hidden vegetable sauce :-) Now The Boy loves vegetables so there's no need to hide them, but The Girl won't eat them however well they may be hidden *sigh*....

Denise said...

My lot won't eat vegetables - one only likes peas,one only likes cauliflower and one won't eat anything but broccoli- made a rod for my own back when they were little by cooking all different things didn't I ? lol :-)

Leann said...

Mmm...sounds divine! I love vegi's and now that our son's are grown men, they do too. But there was the time when they'd pitch a fit at the sight of cooked vegi's.

Thanks for popping by. We're still digging out from our 24+ inches of snow!


Deb said...

Thanks for the yummy recipe! This sounds delicious. Perfect meal for a chilly winter day. :o)

Riet said...

THis sounds delicious. Ans looks good too.

Amy said...

I have one of her books as well - use a recipe very similar to this one ... works a treat doesn't it?

Sian said...

Those Annabel Karmel books are brilliant. Our favourite was a cheesy, spinachy pasta, I think I remember. This one is very clever :)

Stine in Ontario said...

This looks good! I'm a vegetarian. :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I love Annabel Karmel's books. I've made this recipe a few times. My kids seem to have texture issues with food. I like cruchy raw fruits and veggies and pureed fruits and veggies but won't eat them cooked unless they can be mushed completely.

kim said...

Sounds lovely.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Ruth! :o)