Shhhh, It’s (Hidden Veggie) Pasta Sauce

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Some people don’t believe in hiding veggies in their kids’ food.  I get it. But I have a picky eater and if I can sneak in extra nutrients without her knowing, I’m all for it.  Some day maybe I’ll be able to reason with her, but until then, this hidden veggie pasta sauce rocks.


  • 1 lb pasta of your choice
  • parmesan cheese
  • olive oil
  • ½  onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 3-4 slices orange pepper, chopped
  • Cauliflower (either ¼ cup riced or a few florets)
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes or a jar of pasta


  1. Heat olive oil and add all veggies. Saute until soft.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer 15-20 minutes until soft.
  3. Puree sauce with immersion blender, adding water to thin out and smooth if necessary.
  4. Cover pasta in sauce and add cheese!


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Meg is a Co-Founder of What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (12, 10 and 7). She wishes her kids asked for caramelized brussel sprouts and wild salmon salad every night. But most of the time, you'll find her whipping up a kid-friendly pasta or a sweet treat with a healthy twist. Her motto is: everything in moderation... except coffee. Find her on Instagram @madewithmeg. {{Privy:Embed campaign=591322}}