It can be difficult for most of us to get enough vegetables in to our diet, but it’s even harder if you don’t like vegetables at all. This slow cooker hidden vegetable pasta sauce has the vegetables all blended up in to it, so you won’t even know there are there.
Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce
When it comes to pasta sauces, I am a firm believer in low and slow. It allows all the flavours to really fuse together and putting it in the slow cooker means you don’t have to keep a an eye on it like on the hob.
You can have this bubbling away in your slow cooker and then when you get home all you have to do is put some pasta on and blend up the sauce to stir through. Simple comfort food that is packed full of vegetables.
Vegetable Pasta Sauce
The best thing about this recipe (apart from how easy it is in the slow cooker) is that you can adapt it to suit your tastes, the season, or whatever you have in the fridge that needs using up.
We went with aubergine, peppers, carrots, mushrooms, courgette and leeks, but you could use some of them, none of them or all of them. Get creative and use different vegetables every time.
If you didn’t want to have just vegetables, then you could top it with some grilled chicken or salmon before serving. You don’t have to use this for pasta either, you could stir it through rice or put it on top of a baked potato.
Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce
We are probably all feeling like we need a bit of a vegetable boost at the moment, I know I do. You don’t have to eat kale for breakfast and snack on carrots to make sure you are getting enough vegetables.
Recipes like this give you a vitamin boost without you even knowing it – all whilst having the comfort of a pasta dish. This is the ultimate fussy eaters dish, because everyone loves spaghetti and sauce and this is bursting with vegetables, but you can’t tell.
Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes
People usually think about meat when it comes to slow cookers, but we are here to show that there are so many vegetarian dishes you can do in it too.
Our new book, The Healthy Slow Cooker, has over 50 vegetarian slow cooker recipes in it, like Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff, Butternut Squash Risotto, Lentil Ragu and Greek Potatoes.
That’s right, we have a new book out! The Healthy Slow Cooker has 100 delicious slow cooker recipes in it (over half are vegetarian) that will show you how to get so much more out of your slow cooker than just stews. There are breakfasts, side dishes, desserts and drinks.
Ingredients needed to make Slow Cooker Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce (serves 8)
1 small aubergine, diced
2 peppers, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 courgette, diced
1 leek, sliced
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
200ml vegetable stock
2 tbsp dried oregano
A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
4 portions of cooked pasta
Rocket (arugula) and shaved parmesan to serve (Optional)
How To Make Slow Cooker Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce – Step by Step:
One: Put all of the ingredients in to a food processor using the chopping attachment and chop them up. You can chop by hand, but a food processor will save you time.
Two: Put all of the ingredients, including the chopped vegetables (except the pasta, rocket and parmesan), in your slow cooker bowl and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
Three: Leave the sauce to cool and then pour it in to food processor in small batches and blend the sauce until smooth, or leave chunks if you prefer.
Four: Mix half the sauce in to the cooked pasta and serve with rocket and shaved parmesan.
**Put the other half of the sauce in a freezable container and put in the freezer.**
Other Slow Cooker Recipes To Try:
Some extra tips for this Slow Cooker Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce:
- Get creative and use a selection of different vegetables based on personal preference, season or what you have in the fridge.
- If you don’t want just vegetables, then top the dish with grilled chicken or salmon before serving.
- This sauce would go well with rice or on a baked potato too.
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