No-Tomato Sauce

No-Tomato Sauce

Serves 2 cups
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 30 minutes
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, Ingredient
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue
A no-tomato, moderate salicylate, no amines and no glutamates sauce that is just like home made tomato sauce.


  • 1 cup Red Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 Large Pear halves in syrup (approximately 150g)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Citric Acid
  • 1/4 cup White sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 stick Celery (trimmed and chopped)
  • 4 Spring onions (chopped)
  • 3 heaped teaspoons Minced garlic
  • 10 Safron threads (soaked in a bit of water)


  • 2 Medium Carrots (peeled and chopped)


Place all the ingredients into a saucepan on low heat. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until everything is cooked.
Making No-Tomato Sauce
Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Then pour into a food processor and blend until very smooth.
Making No-Tomato Sauce
Return the sauce to the saucepan. If the sauce is a bit thick add some more water. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
No-Tomato Sauce
There are 3 options for storing:
1. Pour into sterilised jars and seal.
2. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for about 2 weeks.
3. Pour into bags or containers and store in the freezer.
Bottling No-Tomato Sauce


Low/Moderate Salicylates, Low Amines, Low Glutamates

If moderate salicylates aren't tolerated the carrot can be left out.

This recipe can be scaled up to make in a large batch.  Use good quality beans, the sauce can become a bit "beany" when made with cheaper tinned beans.  I use Edgell's Red Kidney Beans 750g tin, which makes a triple batch of the recipe.  You can also use a mixture of red kidney and other tinned beans, although the "red" colour won't be as dark.

The sauce can be used as a condiment (e.g. on meat), as a dipping sauce (e.g. for spring rolls) or as a stir through pasta sauce (e.g. spaghetti bolognaise).

This sauce is a good substitute for home made tomato sauce, which is often made with tomatoes, celery, carrots and sugar (especially after not having tomatoes for a while).  It won't taste anything like the "bright red" store bought tomato sauce / ketchup or an itialian tomato passata.

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