8 Vegetable Pasta Sauce Recipe

Try for 5

It’s National Nutrition Week (16-22 October) and Nutrition Australia are running their ‘Try for 5‘ campaign to encourage 8 vegetable pasta sauce recipeAustralians to eat more vegetables.

To celebrate, we’re posting our 8 Vegetable Pasta Sauce recipe, which can also be eaten as a soup or as a sauce on meat. This is sauce is great because you can use just about any vegetables you have in the fridge (but avoid cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower as they will affect the flavour).  You can make this sauce in big batches and freeze it, so it is on stand-by for those nights when you get home late and need to quickly serve up a healthy and filling meal.  It is also good for fussy eaters who don’t like vegetables as the sauce is pureed so the veggies are hidden.

This recipe will serve two adults and two children with left-over sauce for the freezer.


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 red capsicum seeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 zucchini finely chopped
  • 1/2 sweet potato chopped and finely diced
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • 300g pasta
  • parmesan cheese, grated

Hint: Sweet potato is great in this dish because it adds natural sweetness as well as being packed with nutrients.

Hint: You can add fresh herbs like basil or parsley to serve (if you have them), or dried herbs like oregano.


  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and garlic and fry gently until soft.
  • Add all the other vegetables, cover and allow them to sweat for 10 minutes or until soft.
  • Add the tomatoes, stock and tomato paste and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes until reduced.
  • Whizz using a hand-held blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Bring a pan of water to the boil, cook the pasta following the package instructions and drain.
  • Top the pasta with the sauce and stir.
  • Sprinkle the Eight Vegetable Pasta Sauce with cheese and fresh herbs (optional).
  • Season to taste.

Hint: if the sauce is too thick, add more stock until it reaches the right consistency.

This dish is best enjoyed with your closest family and friends around the dinner table.


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