How to Get Kids to Eat their Veggies Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is how I used to get my kids to eat their vegetables when all they wanted was meat in their sauce! It cooks down to a wonderful consistency and they all love it, even now when they're all grown up!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan,saute vegetables (except corn) and garlic for 5-7 minutes in olive oil.
  2. Add spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce,corn, sugar, basil, oregano and 1 cup water.
  3. If using meat,brown and add now.
  4. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Stir occasionally, adding water if it gets too thick.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. When nearly done, cook pasta as directed on package, drain, and serve with sauce.
  8. You may add any other vegs.
  9. you like.
  10. Serve with garlic bread and a nice salad.
  11. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

Thankfully, I have children who actually love their vegetables, but that doesn't mean that I can't throw in extra for good measure, and as they love their pasta, it seemed like a win win situation.
I used a Paul Newman Basil, Tomato and Garlic Sauce, but didn't use the extra can of tomato sauce, as I thought this would be sufficient.
I used chicken mince in my mixture, and used a combination of regular and wholewheat spaghetti....the verdict?
The children ( aged 5 and 7) absolutely devoured this and in record time too...and were full of praise...and I agree...a great tasting dish for the whole family to enjoy!
Made for PRMR.

Noo July 23, 2012

I rated this recipe for what it is, a great recipe for spaghetti sauce with added nutritional value. It's also easy to put together & has the option to incorporate other vegys, I added finely chopped beets & jalapeno for the zucchini. However, my DH prefers the more trational sauce & thought there were too many vegys. I like to 'hide' vegys in all my recipes but found this one abit harder to get away with it. Next time I'll cut them back abit (or increase the sauce). I also cut out the sugar cause I find canned pasta sauce already has enough suger in it. I amended this recipe for my electronic pressure cooker & it works very well. I used 1 cup of water & it came out nice and saucy/thick. Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

Mustang Sally 54269 October 28, 2011

Simple and delightful. I think anytime a fresh veggie is in the mix, it tastes better. I made a batch of this to freeze for the winter months. We taste tested it and even DH liked it and who knew zukes were in it. I do a similar rendition using garden tomatoes but I like the ease of making this recipe using the canned sauce and will do so again. Thank you for a simply lovely recipe that sits well on the taste buds. A very simpl and lovely go to quick sauce to make for dinner. Made for AUS/NZ Aug2010 Swap

Chef1MOM-Connie August 10, 2010

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