5 a day hidden veggie ragu

How many of you struggle to get the kids to eat their veggies? I know most of us do. My eldest daughter always moans the second she sees bits in her dinner. She skirts around her plate like its been contaminated. I know it can’t be because of the taste because I discovered if I whizz all the vegetables up she will happily eat it. Its frustrating really because I like to be able to chew my food not have it pureed.

I came up with this recipe not necessarily as a replacement to all the veggies but as an addition. Its one way I know she will be getting some into her diet and it tastes yummy and is far better than buying a sauce ready made. I like to add more veggies that she can then try but it doesn’t worry me as much if she leaves them.


5 a day hidden veggie ragu

To make my 5 a day hidden veggie ragu you will need the following:

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • Dried oregano
  • Fresh basil
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Seasoning

You can choose different veggies…celery works quite well too but these are ones I would normally put in my dishes that I would use a ragu sauce for. I sometimes even try it with a passata instead of tinned tomatoes for a more concentrated tomato flavour.

  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions until softened but not browned. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute.
  • Add the rest of the chopped veggies and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, herbs, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning.
  • Fill the empty tin with boiled water and add to the pan.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 45-60 minutes until some of the liquid has simmered away and the veggies are cooked through.
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly
  • Add to a food processor and blend until smooth.

Portion off and freeze or use immediately in your meal.

Try my 5 a day hidden veggie ragu to help you get a few veggies into their meals. My girls like to help me make it too and actually praise themselves for the fact they are eating vegetables so sometimes its about compromise and finding a way you can all agree on.

Its great on pasta or your bolognese, lasagne, chilli etc….I made enough for 2 meals from these quantities.

spag bol

Bee helping me to make a yummy spaghetti bol


Chilli con carne


Add more chopped veggies for even more flavour

If you head on over to our YouTube very healthy caterpillar you will find some favourite recipes for Cheese-less Lasagne and Spaghetti Bolognese and my recipe for Spaghetti a la mummy where the 5 a day hidden veggie ragu would work perfectly in place of the passata/tomatoes that I have used.

Jaimee x

4 thoughts on “5 a day hidden veggie ragu

  1. optimumfeeling says:

    This is exactly how i make mine too! There is no way little man would eat carrot, mushroom or courgette but when its in this sauce he has no idea, and as you mention its so versatile. I use it on top of homemade pizza by thickening it up a little, or in chilli, or i add a load of chillies to a portion and make myself an arrabiatta style sauce when I’m in a hurry.

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