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Five Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Category: Main course

Preparation time:
15 minutes
Cooking time:
30 minutes

What you'll need and how to make this dish


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • ½ leek
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ red pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small courgette
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato puree
  • ½ tablespoon Sun dried tomato puree (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Basil


  • Chop all of the vegetables fairly small
  • ½ inch cubes or smaller. It will save effort with the hand blender later and they will cook down quicker.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan
  • Fry the carrot first as ths will take longest
  • Add the remaining veg
  • onion
  • leek
  • garlic
  • red pepper and courgette and cook until soft. about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tin tomatoes
  • sugar
  • stock and purees and give another few minutes to bring back up to heat.
  • Dried or fresh basil can be used
  • add at the last minute before blending. No need to chop first if using fresh.
  • Using a hand blender straight in the pot is easiest although you can do this gradually in a worktop blender
  • blend until you reach a consistency you prefer.
  • Freezes well and can be gradually defrosted from frozen on a low heat on the hob or in the microwave.