Super Quick and Healthy Vegetable Sauce for Pasta

Friday, 3 July 2015
Some people may think that making your own sauce is just too much trouble but it really isn't and vegetable pasta sauce is a great way to get your family eating their 5-a-day too.
Shop bought pasta sauces often contain a lot of sugar and salt so this is also a great way to eat more healthily. 

My vegetable pasta sauce can be made in pretty much the time it takes to boil a saucepan of water and cook the pasta!  

To make it in super quick time, I used the Zyliss® Easy Pull manual food processor which allows you to chop food with ease and consistency.  Chopping, mixing, blending and pureeing easier and is convenient too with no need or fuss for electric tools and gadgets. 
Besides chopping, the Easy Pull can also be used to prepare salsa, smoothies, cocktails, coleslaw, ice cream, mince for burgers, breadcrumbs and soups. 

Zyliss® Easy Pull is really easy to use:
Just pull the easy grip handle 3-5 times which makes the blade rotate and in turn chop your food.  For a finer chop pull 8-10 times.  The booster arm and sweeper arm ensure food is kept in the path of the blades for consistent results. 

I did find just a couple of unevenly chopped carrot but really nothing to fuss about.  I was surprised how easily it chops food.  If the bowl was a tiny bit bigger it would allow you to add more ingredients at any one time but it's no problem to chop things individually.

The bowl and blades are dishwasher safe on the top shelf although the lid can't be immersed in water, just a wipe clean is needed.  I personally recommend an antibacterial spray sprayed on a clean cloth and then use to wipe.   

Priced at £24.99 I say this is a great gadget and I really like it.

Print Recipe

Super Quick Vegetable Sauce for Pasta - serves 2-3

You will need:
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion- peeled and quartered
1 red onion- peeled and quartered
1 carrot- scrubbed and rough chopped
1 stick of celery - washed and roughly sliced
1 courgette - top and tailed and sliced
1 red pepper - cut into chunks with stalk and seeds removed

1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
a pinch of oregano
a pinch of black pepper 
a pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
500ml passata  

How to do it:
Put the onions into the Easy Pull pop the lid on and pull 10 times to finely chop.  Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the onions.  

There's no need to wash the Easy Pull at this stage.  Add the carrots and celery and pull 10 times to finely chop then add those to frying pan.  Allow to cook over a low heat stirring now and then.  
Pop the courgette into the Easy Pull and pull 10 times and add to the frying pan. 

Now add the red pepper to and pull 5 times for a larger chop and then into the frying pan.

Allow the vegetables to cook gently whilst stirring; you want them cooked but not coloured.

Stir in the paprika, thyme, oregano, a pinch of salt and a good pinch of black pepper.
Pour in the passata and balsamic vinegar then give it all a good stir.  

Bring to the boil then turn the heat down.  Have a taste, adjust the seasoning and serve over cooked pasta (I like bucatini pasta) grate over some fresh Parmesan and serve.   
Be sure to use vegetarian Parmesan if you are making this for anyone who is vegetarian.

*If you prefer a smoother sauce then you can simply pour it back into the Easy Pull and 'pull' a few more times until it's how you would like it and then reheat before serving. 

To buy and find out more about the Zyliss® Easy Pull pop over to their website.
Twitter @ZylissUK 
  • Manual food processor, mixes, chops, blends and purees food by simply pulling the handle
  • Cuts through frozen fruit, minces garlic and blends soups without electricity
  • Patented Swiss design blade for even chopping
  • Pull the easy grip handle for fine to coarse results
  • Sweeper arms keep food in the path of the blades
  • 750ml capacity non-slip base
  • Dishwasher Safe - wash the lid by hand
Disclaimer - I was given the Easy Pull to try out and use to make a recipe.  I was compensated to cover my time and cost of ingredients.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.


  1. I completely agree that home made pasta sauce is worth it, it just tastes so good. We often cook it in batches and freeze for quick freezer meals later on.

  2. This looks so easy! You can't beat a lovely rich pasta sauce - topped with lots of cheese preferably ;)

  3. What a great gadget and a very reasonable price, perfect for camping and boats. As well as powercuts!

  4. The Easy Pull is great. I love the sound of your quick pasta sauce - I'll have to try that next!

  5. The Easy Pull is great. I love the sound of your quick pasta sauce - I'll have to try that next!


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