My youngest will eat everything on her plate – she’ll scarf down rice, pasta, eggs, even fish, but veggies are left completely untouched.

If you add them in, she eats around them. Chop them teeny-tiny and she might reject the whole thing.

So to prevent this child from getting scurvy – we’ve had to get creative, and this trusty recipe never fails!

I’ve come to think of pasta sauce as a vehicle for vegetables. You can add anything in there… personally, I’ve found that the sweetness of pumpkin and carrots work really well in a tomato sauce.

The boil steam method will be the best and simplest way to cook the vegetables.

Cut the vegetables into same sized chunks.

Fill the pan with just enough water, to cover the vegetables half way.

Cover the lid and bring to a boil.

Boil for four-five minutes, the water will evaporate, cooking with steam which preserves all the nutrients and flavour of the vegetables.

Once it’s softened, puree the veggies with your pasta sauce and you’re done. I use a plain pasta sauce from a can. It’s delicious and simple. Adding veggies gives the sauce a nice flavour and you can season with fresh herbs too if you like.

This veggie-enriched sauce is perfect for spaghetti, chicken parmigiana and of course, pizza.

If you’re looking for a good homemade pizza dough recipe, I always use this one by Laura in the Kitchen and it works a treat.

Sneaky Veg Pizza_


Sneaky Pasta Sauce Recipe


  • 1/2 cup chopped veggies of your choice
  • 1/2 cup canned pasta sauce
  • seasonings: salt, garlic powder, onion powder, italian herb seasoings, fresh herbs


  • cook the vegetables using the boil steam method
  • puree the softened vegetables with the pasta sauce
  • season with salt and add in any other flavourings that you like
  • let the flavours combine, cook on low for five minutes

How do you get veggies into your family meals? I’d love to hear your tips too!

You might even get kale into their meals too.

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