It seems like EVERY kid loves pizza and/or pasta. I know my little Emma does! She always wants to eat pizza! So I was very intrigued when I found this recipe called Veggie Heavy Pizza Sauce by Weelicious. I made it one day and it was pretty tasty. Tasty enough that Emma ate it! I made a big batch and stored some of it in the freezer for some quick and healthy meals for those times when I don’t know what to make for Emma.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, diced
1 medium carrot
1 stalk celery
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes, drained
1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the bell peppers, carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Saute until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly.
2. Add the tomatoes, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, puree with an immersion hand blender (or in a regular blender) until almost smooth.
4. Return sauce to the heat and simmer until thick, 10-20 minutes. The longer you simmer this sauce the thicker and more flavorful it will become. You can simmer up to 2 hours.
Here’s a few ways we used it:
We made some english muffin pepperoni pizzas. Emma has really started to enjoy cooking with me and she LOVED making her own pizza. It’s a really easy thing for even toddlers to do and Emma could not wait for her pizza to finish cooking! She was so excited about eating this. Unfortunately, since I tried to be healthier and used whole wheat english muffins these weren’t as tasty as a normal pizza (with no fault to the sauce). I think next time I’ll try using pizza dough or pita bread.
We also made a simple pasta with just the sauce. I discovered awhile back they made pasta out of veggies so this is like a super dose of veggies!