Hidden Vegetable Tomato Sauce

  • serves 4
Michael Smith
Michael Smith Chef at Home

A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason feel free to stir your own ideas into this dish. When you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don't like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour; you have to add your own!

29 Ratings
Directions for: Hidden Vegetable Tomato Sauce


2 Tbsp olive oil

2 onions, peeled and chopped

4 clove garlic, minced

1 28 oz can whole tomatoes, pureed

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp dried oregano

2 carrots, peeled and shredded

A few handfuls baby spinach


1. Heat oil in a small saucepan with the onions. Sauté until they soften and start to turn golden. Add the garlic and stir for a few minutes more. Add the tomato puree, seasonings and carrots. Simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the spinach and continue to simmer until it wilts and heats through. Puree with an immersion blender. Serve with your kids’ favorite pasta.

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