The great thing with making homemade ketchup with hidden vegetables, is that there is no sugar, no wheat, no grains, no HFCS, no additives, no preservatives and the best thing? You can hide all the veggies you like inside, and no-one can tell.
Watch and see how easy it is to make homemade ketchup with hidden vegetables - what would you hide?
Homemade Ketchup With Hidden Vegetables
If you need to be shocked into giving up store bought ketchup, check out this post which is the Ultimate Guide To Carbs In Sauces. It may help you to ditch the ketchup once and for all.
I call this homemade ketchup with hidden vegetables, but really it's a tomato sauce or a marinara sauce that can be used for topping anything. Serve it warm on tuscan meatballs, two cheese pesto chicken, or bacon wrapped meatloaf.
While cooking the sauce, add grated/shredded vegetables which will disappear when cooked, and once blended with a stick blender you can't even tell they are there. This is just another way to get a greater variety of veggies into your children.
Store bought ketchup contains a whopping 25% sugar. So for every one tablespoon of ketchup, you are actually giving your children a 4g spoon of sugar! And most children I know can't stop at 15ml tablespoon. They drizzle it all over their food, and then go back for seconds.
This homemade ketchup with hidden vegetables is packed with nutrition. You can be happy serving them this homemade ketchup, knowing what went into it, and more importantly, what didn't!
Homemade ketchup with hidden vegetables
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- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ red onion finely diced
- 1 or 2 cloves for an authentic ketchup flavour
- 800 g (1.8 lb) tinned/canned chopped tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon vinegar I used apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste check it is sugar free
- 1 carrot grated
- 2 zucchini grated
- add more extra virgin olive oil during cooking
- Heat the oil and cook the onion until soft but not browned.
- Add all the other ingredients.
- Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- During the cooking add more extra virgin olive oil, which improves the texture and taste.
- Remove from the heat and puree with a stick blender using a blade attachment. The smoother you can make the homemade ketchup, the more appealing it is.