Want a great way to trick people into eating vegetables? Kids, husbands, "I only eat meat" folks. Well this sauce may just be the perfect solution. In case you haven't been following, we purchased a Vitamix about a month ago. Vitamix was having a special for a refurbished model and we took the plunge (you still get the 5 year warranty even with the refurbished deal). Let me digress from the recipe for 2 seconds to explain to you why a Vitamix rocked my world: It is basically a blender on steroids. It has a 2 horsepower motor, which according to my husband could power a small boat, and a container that can hold 8-cups of liquid. I was skeptical at first. Why would anyone want to spend so much money when you can buy a cheap blender and a cheap food processor and be set. Oh boy was I wrong. We have used it every single day since purchasing it. You can literally put whole vegetables and fruits into it and it will pulverize them within minutes. This means that smoothies in the morning can consist of an entire apple (skin and all), banana, kiwi, pineapple, etc. and you end up with a liquid smoothie. You can put kale into it and it comes out so finely chopped you don't have to think about the fact that you are drinking kale. You can put entire tomatoes in for salsa or marinara sauce. Oh and don't let me forget that we made our own peanut butter in it - just put roasted peanuts in and no more than a minute or two later you have freshly made peanut butter in whatever consistency you prefer. So now that you know there is no shortage of reasons why this thing rocks, how about that recipe.
I through in kale, mushrooms, zucchini, sauteed onions and garlic, a bit of olive oil and water, some salt and pepper and again, within minutes had an entirely fresh and healthy pasta sauce. I added the sauce to some hot linguini and tossed it together. I added fresh cherry tomatoes (though had I roasted them, that would have been delicious too) and grated parmesan cheese to the mix and quickly had a dinner that could have had the brightest of them saying, "veggies? what?"
Green Vegetable Pasta Sauce
- 2 cups kale, rinsed and dried
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 4 oz baby bella mushrooms, rinsed and stems removed
- 1 cup zucchini, fresh or frozen
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and sautee for 5 minutes.
- Place sauteed onions, garlic, vegetables, salt, pepper, and the remaining olive oil in your Vitamix.
- Set speed to Variable, #3 and turn on. Increase speed to #10 and using the tamper, push all of the vegetables down into the blade. Do so until the vegetables are thoroughly blended, roughly 30 seconds.
- Turn the machine off. If sauce is not at your desired consistency, add water, 1 tbsp at a time, and blend on the lowest setting to incorporate water. Remember, when you add the sauce to the pasta, it will thin out a bit too so don't add more than 4-5 tbsp of water.
- Toss sauce with pasta over low heat. Let cook for 5 minutes, warming the sauce. Add fresh tomatoes and grated cheese and serve hot.