Vegetarian & Vegan

Hidden veggies in tomato sauce!

Hidden zucchinis to be specific.   And not for the kids.   Nope, it is for dear hubby El Cubano that is  a little scared of whatever is green in his plate.   Well, good challenge for me!  I tricked him and I won!   The sweet victory, there is nothing like it!

Hidden veggies

Last time that I gave a try to add some green, it was with my green smoothie.  I wanted to trick him but when he saw it and asked what was in it, I said the truth and asked him to try…  Mhhh well, it did not work!  Sight.

So this time, he asked, I said nothing, the usual.  Ok, good.   After, after cleaning up his plate with his fork, I confessed…  I am not going to lie, he felt deceived but eh that was for a good cause!

Give it a try, it is really a good lie!


Hidden veggies in tomato sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: european, Italian
Keyword: hidden vegetable, pasta, tomato sauce, zucchini
Servings: 4 portions
Author: Mélanie


  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 zucchinis chopped
  • 300 ml tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Herbes de Provence


  • Mince the garlic and the onion and warm your pan. Once the pan is hot, pour the olive oil and add onoin and garlic. Cook them until golden at medium heat.
  • Add the zucchinis and let them cook a little, 3-4 minutes.
  • Next, add the tomato sauce.
  • Add the herbs, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes at low heat.
  • Optional: Puree the sauce with a handmixer to hide the zucchinis.
  • Serve with pasta and a nice grilled chicken.


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  • Reply
    Jerry | Simply Good Eating
    March 31, 2014 at 6:08 am

    What a great meal and also a great way to sneak in some vegetables in the sauce :) Great tip. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Reply
      March 31, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Thank you! I was actually a success, everybody loved it.

  • Reply
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    April 3, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I like the idea of sneaking in veggies in pasta sauce!

    • Reply
      April 3, 2014 at 2:03 am

      Hehe, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do for hubby!

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