Hidden veg pasta

Packed lunch ideas for kids: hidden veg pasta pots

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Emily Leary from A Mummy Too shares a delicious packed lunch idea.

If you’ve run out of good packed lunch recipes or feel like you’re resorting to sandwiches a little too often, try this delicious pasta dish. It’s perfect to pop in a little container for lunch, plus it’s packed with hidden veg so it’s not just yummy, it’s healthy too!


•    1 tbsp olive oil

•    1 tsp garlic pureé

•    1 red pepper

•    1 yellow pepper

•    2 courgettes

•    1 large handful kale

•    2 tins tomatoes

•    1 tsp sugar

•    1 cup water

•    1 tsp oregano

•    1 tbsp tomato pureé

•    1 tsp white vinegar

•    a handful of dried pasta per person


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1.    Warm the oil in a large non-stick pan with the garlic

2.    Chop the courgette and peppers into half inch pieces


3.    Gently fry them until soft

4.    Add the kale and stir until wilted


5.    Add the remaining ingredients (except the pasta) and bring to the boil


6.    Simmer for 5 minutes, then taste and season if necessary


7.    Meanwhile, put the pasta on to boil until al dente – when it’s ready, drain while running cold water over it to stop it cooking further, then return to the pan

8.    Blend the sauce until smooth (using either a jug blender or stick blender)

9.    Stir the sauce through the pasta and transfer to little snack pots to be chilled until they’re ready to take to lunch.

This recipe makes three large jars of pasta sauce, so you won’t need it all at once.

You can store spare sauce in the fridge in sterilised jars for a couple of days, or pour the sauce into ice cube trays to freeze and use whenever you need them as part of future kids packed lunch recipes.

For more packed lunch ideas, head over to A Mummy Too, where I'm sharing my recipe for red pepper and cheese savoury muffins.

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yumi :)This is very good

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Wrote it all down and after I have got everything I will def. have a go at making it as it sounds so good.

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good. very good.

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A lovely recipe Emily and a great way to hide some all important veggies, thanks for the tips!

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Great idea to use pasta in a lunchbox rather than sandwiches which is usually our staple! I will give this recipe a try!

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