Hidden Vegetable Tomato Sauce

In every kitchen there are some basic recipes we can whip out in a few minutes.  You know those nights when you’re just so exhausted, you can’t be bothered whipping up a storm?

Well this basic tomato sauce is a one pot dinner that can be ready in 20 minutes.

It’s one I always make in a large batches and freeze in individual glass jars.  If I have a crazy day I simply pull it out of the freezer in the morning, and all I need to do when I get home is boil the pasta.  Dinner is ready in 10 minutes.


I’ve made some variations to the traditional napoli sauce my mum taught me when I was a kid.  I pack some extra vegetables to create a  nourishing sauce and it makes it much creamier.  I hope you love it as much as my family does.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves: 8


A bottle tomato passata or 2 cans fresh tomato

1 white onion

1 large carrot

2 zucchini

Handful of basil leaves

Teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil