Healthy kids recipes – easy celery, leek and tomato sauce

Healthy kids recipes – easy celery, leek and tomato sauce

A winner with all children

Like most children I know, my two love pasta with tomato sauce with a sprinkling of cheese on top. It’s even a favourite of mine now. Tomato sauce is easy to freeze and stores in the fridge for a good couple of days. Tinned tomatoes on their own can be a little boring and to make sure my two get their 5-a-day I add other ingredients to the sauce and then blend it all together so that they are unaware of what is actually in the sauce.


1 small onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, washed and sliced
1 large leek, washed and sliced
2 tins of canned plum tomatoes
2 tbsp of tomato ketchup (optional)
1 clove of garlic, crushed (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Fry the onions, celery and leek in a little olive oil on a medium heat for 10 minutes
  2. Add the crushed garlic, tinned tomatoes, ketchup, salt and pepper
  3. Place a lid on the pan and allow to simmer on a low heat for at least an hour. (The longer you leave it the better it will taste) Remember to stir occasionally so that the sauce does not stick to the bottom of the pan
  4. Before serving, blend it with a hand blender or in a liquidiser
  5. Poor onto pasta and serve with a sprinkling of parmesan or your choice of cheese

Tons of hidden goodness in a simple bowl of pasta!


  1. Anonymous
    September 30, 2011 at 9:28 am Reply

    Great idea. I have always just used onions and tinned tomatoes and will now add other vegetables I have in my fridge.

  2. November 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm Reply

    this was really good. It had a lot more flavour than other tomato sauces i’ve tried

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