What a fantastic make-ahead healthy vegetable sauce! I’m so glad that Jamie Oliver included the ‘Kitchen Hacks’ section in his latest cook book, ‘Family Superfood‘. What attracted me to this recipe is the healthy list of ingredients and the convenience aspect. Cooking a big batch ahead of time, freezing in portions, then simply reheat! Magic for those with little time to get food on the table after a hectic day.
|Tip: Be prepared! Make sure you have enough storage devices at hand! I purchased freezer bags for the sauce and once I got home I released I hadn’t bought the sealable kind. I made it work, but next time I will be more prepared!|
Jamie Oliver’s 7 Vegetable Sauce Tomato Sauce Packed with Hidden Goodness
Recipe taken from ‘Family Superfood’.
Jam-packed with nutritious veg, this has to be one of the easiest ways to get extra veggie portions into our diet, as well as all sorts of brilliant micronutrients.
Makes 3.5 – 4 litres
- 2 small onions
- 2 small leeks
- 2 sticks celery
- 2 carrots
- 2 courgettes
- 2 red peppers
- 1/2 a butternut squash (600g)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 4 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes
Start with your veg prep – you can either do this by hand (which is a great way to practice your knife skills) or, in batches, rattle it all through a food processor. Peel the onions, wash and trim the leeks, celery, carrots and Courgettes, deseed the peppers and squash (there’s no need to peel it), then finely chop it all. Peel the garlic and finely chop by hand.
Put a super-large pot on a medium heat with 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the garlic and oregano, fry for 1 minute, then add all the prepped veg. Cook with the lid on for 25 minutes, or until the veg are soft but not colored, stirring regularly. Pour in the tinned tomatoes, breaking them up with a wooden spoon, then just under half-fill each tin with water, swirl around and pour into the pot. Simmer for 25 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced. Leave to cool a little, the blitz until smooth, taste, and season to perfection.
|Freezer friendly: Divide up this batch recipe and freeze for future meals (such as my Spinach and Feta Rotolo). In recipes using more than one tin of tomatoes, try swapping out one tin for a tins worth of this sauce for an extra boost.
Embrace the seasons! It’s always nice to celebrate the changing seasons and add extra veg into the mix depending on what’s available and at its best.
Bought the book? I’d love to hear your favourites in the comments below.