Family Friendly, Hidden Veg, Puff Pastry Pizza Recipe

Growing up this was one of my favourite meals, and I love that now as a Mum myself I get the joy of making it my own recipe and creating it with my children too! The hidden veg in the sauce is a real winner because they don’t object, I know they are getting some good nutrients as well as having lots of fun helping create it! The leftover sauce also means there’s enough to use in pasta dishes and soups during the week which makes it super economic and time saving too!

These puff pastry pizzas are a delicious meal that we enjoy on a Friday night together as a family while we gather around the table and talk about the fun of the weekend ahead. I’m really thrilled to have this recipe added to a new book being published which celebrates cooking together as a family and sharing tasty meals to encourage positive eating habits from an early age, as well as raising money for charity!

Not only could you get your family’s favourite recipe published too but you could also be in with a chance of winning a delicious food hamper too! If you’d like to enter you can do so over on the Belling Website.

puff pastry pizza recipe with hidden veg sauce

Puff Pastry Pizza Recipe (with hidden veg!)


For the sauce:

1 Leek

1 Courgette

1 Red pepper

1 Clove garlic

1 Carton of passata

½ teaspoon oregano

Drizzle of Rapeseed oil or olive oil

Splash of balsamic vinegar

Pinch of salt

For the Pizza:

1 Sheet of Ready Rolled Puff Pastry

1 Pack grated mozzarella

1 Large tomato, sliced into 6

Optional toppings:

Ham, torn

Mini pepperoni

Basil Leaves

puff pastry pizza recipe with hidden vegetable sauce


Preheat the oven to 200C/390F (180C/355F fan).

Roughly chop all vegetables up into cm cubes or smaller if you can manage but no need to be precise. Finely dice the garlic and place in pan with the leek over a medium heat with a little oil to fry gently. Once it browns add all the veg, the passata and oregano and simmer for 10 minutes with a lid on, making sure it doesn’t catch. Once all your veggies are softened and the sauce has reduced add a splash of balsamic vinegar for sweetness.

puff pastry pizza recipe with hidden vegetable sauce

After a few minutes the sauce will have cooled enough to put in your blender – I use a smoothie maker because it means less washing up! The children love being involved in this part, having fun whizzing everything up.

puff pastry pizza recipe with hidden vegetable sauce

Once it’s smooth, season to taste and put to the side.

Then, take your puff pastry sheet and score a line around the edge so that the sides can puff during cooking. Prick some holes with a fork over the inside base and place in the oven for 3-5 minutes to give it some time to cook.

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Remove from the oven and spread your delicious sauce over the middle, leaving the edges clear. Then add your grated mozzarella and top with one slice of tomato per 1/6 – you can also add additional toppings now as you please.

Leave to cook for a further 10 minutes or until the cheese browns and bubbles, remove from the oven and slice into 6 portions, serve with a green salad or crudités and enjoy!

puff pastry pizza recipe with hidden vegetable sauce

Young children enjoying puff pastry pizza recipe with hidden vegetable sauce

I would absolutely love to know what your favourite family recipe is, don’t forget to submit your recipe for the teddy bear book and fingers crossed you could be a winner!

The competition is live from Thursday 5 July and closes at midnight on Sunday 22 July, all T’s & C’s can be found on the Belling website. This post is written in collaboration with Belling, all words are my own.



  1. July 15, 2018 / 8:27 am

    This sounds gorgeously decadent!

  2. July 6, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    What a great way to get veg into little one’s stomach! Saving this recipe for when I’m ready to wean my little girl

    Kate xx

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