This is the perfect sweet tomato sauce to expose little ones to new flavors! Super easy to make and only using a handful of ingredients, kids and adults alike will love it!
Sweet Without Added Sugar
I came up with this sweet tomato sauce recipe when i was looking to introduce Bibi to new flavors and veggies. After some trials and errors we finally came up with a recipe that’s only only great for kids but it’s also tasty for adults as well. What’s more, this tomato sauce has a natural sweet flavour without added sugar.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can choose how thick and chunky you want it.
Want a chunky tomato sauce? Leave it as is! The bits of bell pepper, celery and onion will make an appearance in your sauce giving it some consistency.
Want a thin, creamy tomato sauce? Take your sauce to a food processor and pulse for a couple minutes until you achieve the creaminess you are looking for. This is a good option for younger children like toddlers and infants who are familiar with eating solid foods but don’t have teeth to break down large amounts of fiber.
How to Make a Tomato Sauce Baby Will Love:
For me there are 2 secrets:
- Chopping the onion really small and cooking it with the garlic until it gets a butter-like consistency: The more you cook the onion the more mellow the flavor making it a great way to introduce it to babies
- Add some sweet bell pepper: here is my second secret, store bought tomato sauces usually add some sugar to balance the tartness from the tomatoes. However, a sweet bell pepper can also balance it without the need to use refined sugar (bonus: extra veggie!).
How to serve sweet tomato sauce
I love how versatile this recipe is! When I’m introducing new flavors to little ones I prefer they taste it in the pure form, giving them a tiny teaspoon of the sauce.
You can also serve it with:
- Pasta like spaghetti, rotini, etc.
- Ground beef to make a bolognese sauce
- Spread over toast
- A baked rice dish
- Some Mexican dinner
- Give your burgers an Italian twist spreading a bit of tomato sauce on top of your patty.
- Anywhere you would use tomato!
Can you freeze toddler friendly sauce?
Yes, yes and a million times yes! I love a good freezer friendly recipe and this one is definitely it! Just place in an airtight container or ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
Once you are ready to serve it just take it from the freezer to the refrigerator overnight or if you are in a hurry thaw in your microwave for a couple minutes at a time.
This sauce has saved me on multiple occasions when Bibi refused to eat veggies, the soft texture is so approachable for her so we serve it with a little bit of pasta or these baby led weaning turkey and veggie meatballs, which she can eat so much of. It’s delicious and healthy, and super easy to put together. I hope you and your LO will enjoy it as well.
- 1 small onion
- 1 Garlic clove, minced
- 6 Roma tomatoes, quartered
- 1 Celery stalk, chopped
- 1 Sweet bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 Tsp avocado oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 Cup water
- Heat the avocado oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until onion becomes translucent, around 6 minutes. If the onion begins to brown add 2 Tbsp water.
- Add tomatoes. Add water a little at a time as needed. Some tomatoes are juicier than others so add as much water as required to keep the tomatoes cooking without drying out.
- Once tomatoes have broken down, add the celery and cook for 2 minutes, incorporate the sweet bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let it cool down completely.
- Once it's at room temperature transfer to a food processor and pulse until creamy.
Tomato sauce can be portioned out and frozen for later.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g