Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
Great if you have a sensitive stomach, food allergies, or want a really tasty sauce. It’s great for embracing whatever veg you’ve got to hand – fresh, frozen, or canned, it’s all good. Secondly, tomato sauce is so versatile – you can use it for lasagne, curry, pasta sauce chili on pizza, in a soup, you name it. Finally, it makes a big batch, so portion it up and freeze it, so you’re prepped for future meals. I’ve used two tins of tomatoes here, but feel free to chuck more in (if you’ve got them) to make the sauce go further.
- Start with your veg prep – you can either do this by hand (which is a great way to practice your knife skills) or, in batches, rattle it all through a food processor.
- Peel the onions, wash and trim the leeks, celery, carrots, and courgettes, deseed the peppers and squash (there’s no need to peel it), then finely chop it all. Peel the garlic and finely chop by hand.
- Put a super-large pan on medium heat with 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the garlic and oregano, fry for 1 minute, then add all the prepped veg.
- Cook with the lid on for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft but not colored, stirring regularly.
- Pour in the tinned tomatoes, breaking them up with a wooden spoon, then just under half-fill each tin with water, swirl around and pour into the pan.
- Simmer for 25 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced. Leave to cool a little, then blitz until smooth, taste, and season to perfection.
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