Naptime’s Kid-Friendly Tomato Sauce – inspired by our friend Jenny


  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
    cloves garlic, finely chopped
    2 carrots, peeled and chopped
    1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    2 28oz. cans crushed tomatoes


    1. Heat oil in a heavy, deep pan. (I usually use my dutch oven.)
    2. Add onion and garlic, cook until soft. About 10 minutes.
    3. Add carrots and peppers, cook until soft. About 10 minutes.
    4. Add canned tomatoes. Simmer the sauce for about 30 minutes, until it thickens slightly.
    5. While the sauce is simmering taste it from time to time, adding salt and pepper if necessary.
    6. When the sauce is thickened remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.
    7. Pour the cooled sauce into a food processor and blend until totally smooth.
    8. Pour into individual baggies, or however you want to divide up the individual portions, and freeze.
    9. Thaw portions individually as needed.

    Naptime Notes

    Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

    This recipe is ideal because it is made from basic, healthy, ingredients and is infinitely flexible. As long as you stick to the basic base of tomatoes with onion and garlic you can add or subtract just about any vegetable you want. I recommend starting with the basic ingredients above, then add new vegetables with each new batch.

    Naptime Stopwatch

    This recipe took about an hour to make from start to finish. I find that thawing from the freezer takes about an hour as well.

    Naptime Reviews

    Obviously my daughter loves this sauce, and my husband and I do, too. I’ve started using it with lots of the pasta dishes I make, including my favorite basic lasagna recipe. Adjust the vegetables to suit your own tastes, I guarantee the family will love it.

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