Pear and Vegetable Sauce

We are almost out of pear sauce, so I thought I’d try and sneak a few more vegetables into the next batch.  After a bit of research on the Internet it appeared that almost any kind of vegetable could go into chutney, so I decided to include some swede, leek and celery in this one.  The sauce is still very sweet, so next time I’ll add a few more vegies; maybe some red or white beans.

Pear and Vegetable Sauce

Serves 4 cups
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates
Suitable for RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe, RPAH Elimination Diet - Moderate Chemical, Salicylate Challenge
Meal type Condiment
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue
A low salicylate alternative to tomato sauce.


  • 4 410g cans Pear halves in syrup
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Citric Acid
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Small Swede (chopped and cooked - steamed, boiled)
  • 1 Stick Celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 Small Leek (finely sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon Minced garlic


1. Drain the pears and pour the syrup into a saucepan. Bring it to the boil and boil until the mixture is reduced by half.
2. Chop the pears. Add the pears and remaining ingredients to the syrup. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, or until thick.
3. Transfer to a food processor (in batches, if needed) and process until smooth.
4. Return to the saucepan and simmer for another 5 minutes.
5. Pour into hot sterilised jars. Once opened store in the fridge.


Low Chemical / Failsafe, Moderate Salicylates

If moderate salicylates are tolerated, substitute carrot and zucchini for celery and swede.

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2 Responses to Pear and Vegetable Sauce

  1. Oscar's Mum says:

    We use this as a replacement for tomato sauce on sausages and rissoles. Sometimes its a good way to encourage Oscar to try something new (slather it in sauce), then once he's happy to eat it use less sauce, then none unless he asks.

  2. Michelle says:

    Glad to have found your blog as my daughter has just been diagnosed with a Salicylate intolerance. Unfortunately we also have a dairy and egg allergy to deal with as well, so her diet is pretty restricted! This sauce looks great, what do you use it with?