This is probably the easiest pasta sauce I have ever had but stills packs a flavourful punch.
1 medium bell pepper (any colour), roughly chopped
1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 stick celery, roughly chopped
3 fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 tin tomatoes
1 vegetable stock cube
1 large courgette, sliced into rounds and quartered
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp olive oil
Salt & Fresh black pepper to taste
600g medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
1 medium red onion, halved and cut into thin wedges
1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
1 orange pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
2 medium courgettes, cut into 1 cm slices
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp garam masala
1 fresh green chilli, finely chopped
1 tin tomatoes, blended
salt & black pepper
Preheat oven to 210C/Gas 7.
Boil the potatoes in water for about 5 minutes. Just parboil them, you don’t want them cooked through. Meanwhile, place the cauliflower florets in a bowl and cover in cold water to soak for 30 minutes.
In a large non-stick frying pan toast the mustard seeds and 1 tsp of the cumin seeds over a medium heat for about 30 seconds. Stir in 2 tbsp of the oil, the garam masala and 1/2 tsp of turmeric. Cook for a few minutes to release the fragrance before adding the onion. Fry the onion in the spices for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
Drain the potatoes then toss them in the pan with the onion and spices, season with salt and fresh black pepper. Tip everything into a large baking tray and roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
Take the tray out of the oven and add the peppers and courgettes. Toss together gently to coat in the spiced oil and place back in the oven for a further 30 minutes.
While the potato and veg mixture is roasting, put the rest of the oil into a large pan and set over a medium heat. Add the rest of the cumin seeds to the oil and allow to sizzle for a few seconds. Now drain the cauliflower and add to the pan. Stir constantly for about 2 minutes to coat the cauliflower well in the spiced oil and is starting to brown in places. Add the ground cumin, coriander, green chilli, and the rest of the turmeric as well as some salt and black pepper and gently mix while cooking for 30 seconds. Add the blended tomatoes, bring to the boil then reduce to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the cauliflower is cooked but still has some “bite” to it. (Feel free to add peas, beans or greens so the pan for extra tasty vitamins and minerals)
This serves 4-6 people and can stretch even further if served with a cup of cooked rice per person.