Carrot Pasta Sauce (Kid Friendly Pasta Sauce) (2024)

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Here's a carrot pasta sauce that'll fool you into thinking you are having mac n cheese! Silky smooth, creamy and luscious but without any cheese. Such a delicious way to add veggies to kid friendly meals.

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Hey luscious, creamy, awesomeness! I've been making a carrot pasta sauce for years. Not because its a way to sneak vegetables into the kids' food (which it is!) but also because it's delicious. Like truly tasty!

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That's why it's a lunch box favourite and dinner favourite for all us. For the adults, I add some chilli flakes or chilli crisp but even without it, I can eat a bowlful!

Why it's Kid Friendly?

I've rarely met a kid who doesn't enjoy pasta. This carrot pasta sauce uses carrots, cashews and a little cream as a base. Good fats and veggies. And they don't even realise that this has no cheese in it. Cheese isn't bad at all. But the thing is, this sauce is made with other good things.

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Richa's Top Tips to make the best Carrot Sauce for Pasta

  • This is a naturally vegan pasta sauce if you skip the cream and is gluten free. I didn't design it that way but it totally works if you follow certain dietary restrictions
  • Carrots can be prepared quickly in a grater or food processor. It doesn't matter how they are cut, but just make sure its small so they cook fast. Big chunks will take much longer to cook
  • Carrot should be completely tender for a really smooth sauce
  • Cream is optional but I love adding a little. It makes the sauce tastier and fat is good for kids in general
  • Other ingredients you can add are bacon, cheese, tomato, zucchini etc to the sauce
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This recipe has been tried and tested and given a big thumbs up by my kids and their school friends! It eats really well even later which makes it perfect for lunchboxes.

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Carrot Pasta Sauce

This is not mac n cheese but totally feels like it. The sauce is made from carrots and cashew nuts and is a really creamy, flavourful sauce that tastes 'cheesy' without any cheese. It's brilliant. Kids and adults will fall for it!

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Diet: Gluten Free, Hindu, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Vegetarian

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 kids

Calories: 315kcal

Author: Richa

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoon Olive oil divided
  • 2 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 large Carrot grated approx 1 cup
  • 6-7 Cashews
  • ¾ cup Water
  • ½ teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Cream
  • 100 grams dry Pasta any short pasta like fusilli, penne, macaroni

Instructions

  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and add garlic and carrots. Saute for a minute. Add cashews and water. Bring to a boil. Then reduce the flame to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes till the carrot and cashews are tender.

  • Cool completely and blend to a smooth paste.

  • While the carrots are cooking, boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

  • Heat the remaining oil and add the carrot sauce, along with oregano and salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes and add cream.

  • Mix well and add pasta. Toss pasta in sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes to warm the pasta through. Add a little water if required to adjust the consistency of the sauce. Serve hot.

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Notes

  • This is a naturally vegan pasta sauce if you skip the cream and is gluten free. I didn't design it that way but it totally works if you follow certain dietary restrictions
  • Carrots can be prepared quickly in a grater or food processor. It doesn't matter how they are cut, but just make sure its small so they cook fast. Big chunks will take much longer to cook
  • Carrot should be completely tender for a really smooth sauce
  • Cream is optional but I love adding a little. It makes the sauce tastier and fat is good for kids in general
  • Other ingredients you can add are bacon, cheese, tomato, zucchini etc to the sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5325IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

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