Thomas the Tank Engine Pasta in tomato sauce (V)

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This recipe is just a bit of fun to encourage young children to eat 'proper' pasta as opposed to the tinned varieties. The Thomas the Tank Engine Pasta shapes are organic and obtainable from some of the main supermarkets.

Thomas the Tank Engine Pasta in tomato sauce (V)
Servings:2-3 or more if serving to children
Calories per serving:810
Ready in:2 hours 20 minutes
Prep. time:25 minutes
incl roasting peppers
Cook time:1 hour 55 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:25th October 2012

Best recipe review

Thanks Julia


You can't beat proper pasta!



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  1. Heat the oil in a deep sauté or frying pan on a high heat.
  2. When hot, but not smoking, add the carrots, celery, onions and garlic.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the onions are soft.
  4. Stir in the wine and tomato purée and allow to cook for 5 minutes, uncovered.
  5. Add the oil, peppers and the tomatoes.
  6. Cover and simmer slowly for 1 hour.
  7. Add the sugar and simmer gently for a further 30 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, boil up two kettles-full of water and pour into a large saucepan.
  9. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta shapes and cook for 7-8 minutes.
  10. When the pasta is cooked, drain and plate immediately.
  11. Cover with the sauce and serve, sprinkled with grated Parmesan if desired.

Serving suggestions

Serve with Italian bread and side salad.


If you are are cooking for young children, use vegetable stock instead of wine and a mild cheese instead of the Parmesan. Adults, add some chillies or chilli powder to give the sauce a kick!

Chef's notes

For a change, I am blending the sauce until smooth - a good way of disguising vegetables for reluctant children.

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