Hidden Veggie Tomato Sauce

By Judy
April 30, 2019

Author Notes: Adapted from Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce With Onion & Butter…(to trick the grandkids into eating more veggies)Judy

Serves: 3 hungry grandkids plus 1 happy hubby and 1 smiling nana
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min


  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 5 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half
  • 1 medium sized carrot, NOT peeled, finely grated
  • salt to taste
  • 2 mild Italian sausages, optional
  • 1 roasted red pepper, optional
  • 1 clove roasted garlic, optional
In This Recipe


  1. Dice half of the onion finely, leaving the other half as a piece. Put the canned tomatoes in a large saucepan, add the butter, half onion piece as well as the finely diced onion, grated carrot, optional veggies, and salt. Cook, covered, at a slow simmer for about 45 minutes. Cooking it covered helps retain the moisture to soften the diced onion. Check to see if softened enough to fool the grandkids. Can cook longer if needed.
  2. After 45 minutes remove the onion piece and set aside, or give to hubby to eat right away and hide the evidence. Use a stick blender to puree the sauce. Option: leave a few chunks of tomato to confirm (fool the grandkids) that it is a TOMATO sauce.
  3. Spoon over cooked pasta and top with parmesan cheese, if possible, depending on which grandkid likes it.
  4. Cut up 2 mild Italian sausages into ½ inch pieces. Cook them in a frying pan until done and pretend they are meat balls.

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