Don’t you love when you go to cook dinner and realise the chicken probably isn’t safe for even the rubbish bin to eat!
Tonight was an experiment that turned out a success using some very basic things from the pantry and fridge. 
This came out very similar to tinned spaghetti. The carrot and roasted capsicum give the sauce a slight sweetness that tinned spaghetti has. Now I’m not saying its exactly the same so please don’t message saying it was different. It is different but tasty and was gobbled up quickly by my boys much to my surprise. I didn’t think they would touch it with a ten foot pole. Better yet it’s a 15 minute dish to cook so it’s very quick. It isn’t much more time than opening a tin of spaghetti and heating and a lot more healthy.
The sauce is thicker than tinned variety but you can thin it with a little water or vegetable stock in the final stages before blending.
Fake-hetti: my take on tinned spaghetti
Serves 4
A great alternative to store bought tinned spaghetti.
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 200g spaghetti pasta
  2. 10g olive oil
  3. 300g tin of Tomato Supreme*
  4. 150g roasted capsicum, drained and rinsed if using the jar variety
  5. 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  6. 3 peeled garlic cloves, or less if preferred
  7. 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  8. 1 small zucchini, roughly chopped
  9. Salt and pepper
  10. Shaved parmesan cheese to top
  1. Cook spaghetti pasta according to packet instructions. I cook it on the stove whilst making the sauce in the tmx. You can make the sauce first, pop into an insulated server than cook spaghetti into your machine.
  2. Place carrot, zucchini, onion and garlic into bowl.
  3. Blitz on speed 9 until fine.
  4. Scrape down.
  5. Add oil and cook at 100 degrees, speed 2 for 5 minutes.
  6. Add remaining ingredients.
  7. Cook at 100 degrees, speed 2 for 10 minutes.
  8. Blitz on speed 10 until smooth and puréed. You can add some water or stock at this point to thin.
  9. Combine with pasta and top with shaved parmesan cheese.
  1. Tomato Supreme is a tinned tomato and capsicum mix. It can be found with tomato paste in the supermarket. It smells and tastes great and I prefer it to tinned tomatoes. If you prefer not to use it I would use 300g fresh deseeded tomatoes and a red capsicum. Flavours will be different however.
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