Recipe – Happy Rainbow Veg Pasta Sauce

This Rainbow Veg Pasta Sauce will leave you glowing with smugness that: 1) you’ve created something uber scrummy from scratch that was easy peasy and 2) have delivered your Mama mind a good old dose of virtuous colourful veg towards your five a day while you were at it. Links have been found between a diet high in veg and lower levels of depression and anxiety symptoms. So what are you waiting for!

This is a very easy recipe which requires very little culinary talent. I love it because it’s adaptable and good for using up leftovers from your fridge veg drawer.

What’s more, set aside leftovers for your baby the next day.

Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Serves: 4 adult portions, 12 baby portions

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 1 punnet of Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 pepper (or half yellow and half red for variety)
  • 1 Handful of okra
  • 1 Handful of spinach
  • 12 Radishes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 100ml Vegetable Stock
  • Feta and Pine Nuts (optional topping)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180″c (160″c fan oven).
  2. Chop all your veg and place in a single layer in an ovenproof dish.
  3. Drizzle over the olive oil and season with salt and pepper (if you are serving this to your baby you may wish to leave the salt out).
  4. Cook in the centre of the oven for 15 mins
  5. Use a hand blender to blitz up the veg together with the vegetable stock.
  6. Serve with whole grain pasta for slow release energy. For extra touches I like to sprinkle over a small amount of feta cheese, toasted pine nuts or seeds. If I’m feeling really decedent I stir through some cream.

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