Veggie-packed pasta sauce recipe – cooking ideas from the Batch Lady

HERE are two super-easy, full-of-goodness pasta dishes. Batching sauces for pasta in the freezer is one of my best time-saving tips. You can grab them whenever you need a quick meal, cook your pasta . . .  and, voila!

This week’s pasta sauces are both family friendly and can be adapted with any leftover veggies or meat you might have that needs using up. Pasta sauces are a brilliant easy midweek meal – so get batching and fill that freezer.

My top tip this week is to make sure you regularly clear out and organise your fridge, especially before batching.

It will allow you to see what needs using up, what can be frozen and what you need to buy.

I do mine three or four times a month. Keep on top of it and it will be manageable.

Veggie-packed pasta sauce

(Serves 4)

Prep time: 5 minutes.
Cook time: 20 minutes.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 475g pre-chopped Mediterranean vegetables
  • 70g frozen sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tsp frozen chopped garlic
  • 2 x 500ml cartons of passata
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 60ml vegetable stock (using ⅓ of a stock cube)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Grated cheese (optional)
  • Handful of fresh basil (optional)

METHOD:

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the Mediterranean vegetables, frozen mushrooms and garlic, and cook until soft.
  2. Add the passata, tomato puree, stock and sugar, then cook on a low heat for around 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  3. If the sauce is too thick, add some water to loosen it.
  4. Once the vegetables are soft, remove the sauce from the heat and season with salt and pepper.

Ready to serve: Your sauce is now ready to top your favourite pasta. Finish with some grated cheese and a few optional fresh basil leaves.

Ready for the freezer: Once the sauce has cooled completely, pour it into a reusable, labelled freezer bag and freeze.

Ready to eat: Once defrosted, heat through in a saucepan or in the microwave until piping hot. Ladle over freshly cooked pasta of your choice;

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