“7-Veg Tomato Sauce Packed with Hidden Goodness” from “Superfood Family Classics”

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Tomato Sauce or Vegetable Soup? You decide.

Sadly, this is yet another example from this cookbook of “Recipe You’d Give To Someone Who’s Just Had A Major Medical Intervention to Trick Them Into Thinking That It’s Just As Good As the Original.”

But here’s the thing: what’s so bad about fresh tomato sauce? I’ve got three basic recipes I make, depending on how much time I have (no time at all, one hour, a few hours). My go-to recipe, this one from Polpo, has both fresh and canned tomatoes and is full of goodness. There’s minimal fat (some olive oil to fry the onion) and the rest of it is tomatoes. What’s so bad about that?

In the description of this tomato sauce, Jamie writes, “Jam-packed with nutritious veg, this has to be one of the easiest ways to get extra veggie portions into our diet, as well as all sorts of brilliant micronutrients.”

Putting aside the term “micronutrients”– which sounds ridiculous to me because doesn’t every food have micronutrients in it?– why feel the need to put leeks, celery, carrots, courgettes, peppers, and butternut squash in a “tomato” sauce? And if you guessed that putting all those additional vegetables into a tomato sauce would make it taste more like vegetable soup and less like tomato sauce, you would be absolutely right.

I don’t want to beat a dead horse here– obviously this cookbook has not won me over– but this is just stupid. Fresh tomato sauce is pretty good for you too, so why not just make that instead?

As it happens, I was paging through “Jamie’s Dinners” from 2004 where he includes a recipe for tomato sauce. It is his fifth cookbook, and many of us would argue this was in the Golden Age of Jamie. Jamie HIMSELF says, “I’m a great believer in a simple tomato sauce.”

[Emphasis added. Obviously.]

What’s happened to that Jamie of old? Please come back, Jamie. We miss you.

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“7-Veg Tomato Sauce Packed with Hidden Goodness” from “Superfood Family Classics”

6 thoughts on ““7-Veg Tomato Sauce Packed with Hidden Goodness” from “Superfood Family Classics”

  1. quiglz says:

    While not a simple tomato sauce.. was it tasty at least..? I sometimes get a pleasing smugness knowing how many portions of veg I’ve snuck into my meal.

  2. Maureen Stapleton says:

    It tasted a little too much like vegetable soup for our liking. However, once we added a good amount of chilli flakes, that seemed to help it a bit. But I won’t be making it again.

  3. Rachel Louise says:

    I think the key is in the word “hidden” in the recipe title. To me, it seems that it’s designed for people who have trouble getting their kids to eat a variety of vegetables. Whilst tomato sauce is perfectly healthy, this sauce will contain a wider range of nutrients. Maybe there’s a compromise with taste, but it definitely helps me to get more goodness into my children.

    1. Maureen Stapleton says:

      I get that. I guess I’m lucky that for the most part my kids have always liked vegetables (with spinach and cavolo nero being the only exceptions). Maybe he should have called it what it is: Pureed Vegetable Sauce. Then it would be a case of knowing what you’re getting yourself into.

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