Toddler’s Homemade Pasta Sauce

2009 August 17
by linda

My toddler loves pasta so much that he could eat pasta everyday without complaining. This is the main reason why I need to cook my own sauce using fresh herbs and vegetables so that he could get all the good things. I am one of those lucky moms who could give vegetables to her child effortless.

I used to buy those commercial bottled pasta sauce, because they are so convenient, but they are high in salt and sugar. I started to cook pasta with my homemade sauce (not this recipe) when I was 7 months pregnant with Nathan. I was forced to eat pasta because it was the only carbohydrate that my body could tolerate without increasing my blood sugar level. I could not even start to tell how bored I am with pasta day and night. My obstetrician even told me eat pasta in different shapes and sizes so I could get not as bored as eating the same shape everyday. For goodness sake, they are all the same taste to me, and I didn’t even care about the shape, as long as they could fulfilled my hunger. Oh my how I suffered in eating department while pregnant.

Anyway, you could use any vegetables that suit your toddler taste. You could also adding some other ingredients to enrich the flavour. I want to share this ingredients because this is what I call basic pasta sauce ingredients. I usually freeze them in ice blocks after I pureed the vegetable. Whenever I want to cook pasta for my toddler, I just took some of the cubes out and cook them with anything (such as grilled zucchini, eggplants, or mushrooms) that suit him so he will not get bored.

Toddler's Homemade Pasta Sauce


  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 half small bunch of broccoli
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 5 tomatoes
  • herbs like basil or parsley
  • 1 small onion, mince finely
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp of tomato sauce
  • salt and sugar to taste
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil


  1. Steam carrot, broccoli, zucchini, and parsley for 15 minutes or until cook. Careful not to over-steam them.
  2. Pureed the steam vegetable with 3 tomatoes.
  3. Heat oil in the pot. Cook in garlic and onion until fragrant.
  4. Dice finely the other left 2 tomatoes and put them into the pot. Cook until they are soft.
  5. Pour in the pureeing ingredients and herbs into the pot. Stir them occasionally.
  6. Put tomato sauce, salt and sugar. Mix until combine. Let them simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Pour them into glass bottles and let them cool. Store in the refrigerator.

Cooking time (duration): 45

Culinary tradition: Italian

Please leave your comment/suggestion if you find this recipe useful. Can’t wait to hear from you and Thank You!!!

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2 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 October 21

    Hi. I like the sounds of your sauce and want to make it tomorrow. How long can you keep it in the glass bottle in the fridge?

    • 2011 October 21
      linda permalink

      I suggest 3 to 4 days tops. But you can freeze in cubes and reheat whenever you need them. It is always best to sterilize the jar by boiling them in hot water too. Hope this helps.

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