Recipe for kids: Pasta with mixed vegetables in easy homemade tomato sauce

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Why buy bottled pasta sauce when you can make it from scratch and know what you’re actually eating? Follow this easy recipe contributed by daddy Joseph Yeo, former executive chef of eatery SPRMRKT. This recipe serves four.

Pasta with mixed vegetables in tomato sauce

Pasta sauce
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp white onions, chopped
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
2 pieces bay leaves
2 cans (250ml) whole peeled tomatoes, blended
Salt, to taste
Sugar, to taste
White pepper, to taste 

Ingredients
100g green zucchini
100g yellow zucchini
100g carrot
250g pasta (your preferred type)
Water, lightly salted
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp white onions, chopped
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
Salt, to taste
White pepper, to taste
Parsley, chopped, for garnish
Parmesan cheese, grated, for garnish
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to finish

Method
1. To make pasta sauce, in a lightly heated medium-sized pot, add oil and fry onions till softened. Add garlic and fry till lightly browned.

2. Add bay leaves and blended tomatoes, and bring to a boil.

3. Season the sauce and allow it to simmer to reduce to a paste-like consistency.

4. While the pasta sauce is cooking, chop or slice zucchinis and carrot, depending on your child’s age and preference.

5. Boil vegetables in lightly salted water till soft, and set aside.

6. Boil pasta in lightly salted water (approximately 2.5 litres) to the desired timing on the packaging, with 2 minutes more for kids if they prefer softer pasta.

7. While pasta is boiling, heat a medium-sized pan, add oil and fry onions till softened. Add garlic and fry till lightly browned.

8. Pour in pasta sauce and strained cooked pasta.

9. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add boiled vegetables last, stirring gently to avoid mashing them.

10. Serve pasta and garnish with parsley, cheese and olive oil.

(Video: Young Parents)

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