Squished tomato pasta sauce

Help kids aged 3-6 make their own superhealthy fresh tomato sauce to go with pasta

  • Prep:30 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 472
  • fat 12g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 80g
  • sugars 7g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 17g
  • salt 0.34g


  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 ordinary tomatoes, halved
  • 4 basil leaves
  • small bunch chives
  • 8 black or green olives, stoned (optional)
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • 200g pasta, cooked and kept warm
  • cheddar or parmesan, grated


If your child is able, they can do all their own chopping and slicing; very little ones will enjoy the squishing. You can vary what goes into the sauce. If herbs are a step too far, stick to tomatoes and the vegetables your child enjoys, such as red pepper or cooked peas. If you'd like to add more protein, try chopped cooked chicken or bacon.


  1. Put the cherry tomatoes into a large bowl, reach down into the bowl and squeeze each one hard until it bursts (mind out, they’ll squirt!). Pull the tomatoes into pieces.

  2. Squeeze the halved tomatoes on a lemon squeezer to make as much juice as you can. Pour this into the bowl. (Grown-ups, the squeezed halves can be used up in a stew or soup.)

  3. Snip the basil and chives into the bowl using your scissors, or tear them into pieces. Then, if you are using them, snip or pull the olives in half and throw them in, too.

  4. Add a dribble of olive oil, then ask your grown-up helper to put the cooked pasta into two bowls, spoon your sauce on top and sprinkle with the cheese

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