I don’t sneak vegetables in my kids’ food.

One of the reasons you won’t find any vegetables masqueraded in my meatloaf or disguised in the dinners I make is because I’m too lazy to go to the trouble to cook, puree and find ways to surreptitiously incorporate them into recipes. But most importantly, I want my kids knowing that vegetables ROCK and will help their little bodies grow everyday. You can read more about my thoughts on all this (and strategies to help make your kids great eaters) in my new book, but trust me, if you simply make good stuff for your children and tell them repeatedly enough that they’re going to get bigger, stronger and smarter from that handful of bell peppers or broccoli, I bet that sooner or later they’ll take it to heart and dig in! I watch Chloe do this everyday as she eats her veggies while acting out making big muscles, trying to surpass her big brother. I know first hand it’s not easy, but the work and persistence pays off.

If you’re the parent of a picky or challenging eater, this Veggie Heavy Pizza Sauce is for you. It’s basically a variety of cooked and pureed vegetables, but it tastes just like the sauce you get in your favorite pizzeria. While it is right at home on top of a crisp pizza dough, it’s also perfect on pasta, rice or even quinoa. I find it so versatile in fact, that I usually make a double batch and freeze what I don’t need so I can easily reheat it for dinner next week. Or next month.

So don’t sneak! Tell your kids that not only is this is the most tangy, tasty sauce ever, it also happens to be entirely made from veggies! (O.K., tomatoes are actually a fruit, but that’s a matter for another time.) Knowledge is power my friends, and I say that it also happens to be delicious!


Veggie Heavy Pizza Sauce

If you're the parent of a picky or challenging eater, this Veggie Heavy Pizza Sauce is for you. It's basically a variety of cooked and pureed vegetables, but it tastes just like the sauce you get in your favorite pizzeria.
3.34 from 9 votes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes, drained


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the bell peppers, carrots, celery, onions, garlic and salt. Saute until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the tomatoes, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, puree with an immersion hand blender (or in a regular blender) until almost smooth.
  • Return sauce to the heat and simmer until thick, 10-20 minutes. The longer you simmer this sauce the thicker and more flavorful it will become. You can simmer up to 2 hours.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 580mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. It will keep in the fridge for about 1 week. You can also freeze it for up to 4 months!

  2. My wife and I began a 30 day challenge to ourselves to eat vegan. This is an awesome recipe!

    Great for pizza sauce, add some tomato juice to thin it to a tomato soup, or use a 28 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes and one of the regular diced for a spicy marinara for spaghetti!

    Definitely a keeper!

  3. Excellent recipe. I’ve made this twice for my 5 and 2 year old and they love it. I portion it into small mason jars and freeze it for a couple of months.

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  10. And here I thought I was the only one who did that! 🙂 My 15 month old loves it when mommy makes “pizza”. I use a pita bread and make a veggie sauce and top with cheese and sometimes bacon or homemade pork sausage or something. He loves it! Great minds think alike I guess.

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