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Homemade Vegetable Sauce

It is often a struggle to get vegetables into kids. Jack and Emma both love broccoli, they will both each a entire head of it with a meal which is awesome but they don’t really eat any other veggies. I have been making this vegetable sauce for years and it is such a great way to sneak veggies into pretty much any meal.

We have been struggling to get Emma to eat any sort of protein so I add lentils or beans into this sauce every now and then for a little extra protein. The best thing about this is that you can really add in all veggies. I often take whatever we have in the fridge and throw it all in the slow cooker. Just be careful with the vegetables that have a strong flavour, they can overwhelm the sauce.

You can use any type of tomatoes, I prefer baby tomatoes, they seem to have more flavour than the bigger ones. We have been able to throw in a few of the tomatoes from our veggie garden. The goal is to make it purely from veggies from our vegetable garden.

Hidden Veggie Sauce


  • 1 kg Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large Brinjal, chopped
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 Carrots, chopped
  • 2 Baby Marrows
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Herbs
  • 1 cup Water


  • Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Add a little bit of water. Place on low and let it do it's magic overnight. The longer it cooks the better.
  • Once all the vegetables are soft and the flavours all amazing, switch the slow cooker off and let cool. Then blitz everything in the food processor and add it to pretty much any meal.
Keyword sauces, vegetables

This sauce works really well in a bolognese, oxtail or any stew. It also works really well to thicken a sauce, soups or a gravy. Your kids won’t even know they are getting veggies in.

It is also a great way to cut out store-bought sauces and thickeners for your meals. We buy almost no sauces any more which saves money and helps us to reduce our waste.

Do you make a hidden vegetable sauce?



  1. Lisa
    17 February, 2020 / 7:09 am

    This looks so yummy! I have some veggies to use up and this is perfect!

  2. 18 February, 2020 / 5:05 am

    This sounds delicious, and a great way to get in some veggies. I will have to give this a try.

  3. 18 February, 2020 / 6:57 pm

    oooooooh nice recipe!!!! i’m always looking for ways to add more veggies. i make a spaghetti sauce with vegetables in it too.

  4. 24 February, 2020 / 5:22 pm

    Been dying to try a new vegetable soup recipe. This looks divine! Thank you!

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