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No tomato ‘tomato’ sauce- divine!


I may have mentioned that I avoid tomatoes. I have three diagnosed food intolerances- wheat, potato and tomato.

Wheat, I can deal with. I have been on and off it for ten years and basically when I am on it I am sick, have IBS, depression and become overweight. When I am off it I have no IBS, no depression and regular weight.

I developed the additional intolerances after Elf was born- when I eat tomato I get diarrhea and more specifically- joint pain. When I eat potato I get really really bad joint pain.

Before I got pregnant the second time round I cheated. I used to eat the odd bit of potato or tomato and then just take some ibuprofen in the days afterward to reduce the pain and the inflammation. 

Since I can no longer take the anti-inflammatory and have still been cheating I am now lying in bed at night aching in my ankles, left knee (why only the left?) and now, more recently, in my right wrist. 

You wouldn’t believe how little of it I’ve been eating. It would literally be about five homemade chips dipped into tomato sauce or a tablespoon of mashed potato. Or it might be wheat free bagels made with potato starch. Despite this, my joints ache as if I had eaten a whole plate of mash or a lovely spag bol.

I miss tomatoes the most.

I have been resenting making dinner because I pretty much used passata every evening before I got diagnosed.

I have replaced the wheat with spelt- no problem. I can live without potato- no problem.

How on earth can I live without tomato or even begin to think about replacing it?

What about spag bol? Literally the easiest dinner ever to make. What about a meat pie? Lasagne? Homemade spelt pizza? What about soups? Even stew! I even put a tin of tomatoes in my stew. I used to make tomato based chickpea curry.

Now. I just make the same old sh*t week in week out… until…

Until I mentioned it on a facebook group and got the most marvelous recipe for no tomato ‘tomato’ sauce!

I was actually given this ages ago but was so skeptical that I didn’t bother trying it. Plus, it takes a significant amount of time, so…

But now I am desperate. I don’t want to be in pain anymore. I don’t want to go back to living on ibubrofen after the baby is born just to eat a bit of tomato. I mean, I really need a reality check- obviously my body is rejecting it for a reason so taking ibubrofen to mask the pain is not doing me any favours.

I wish wish wish with all my heart that these stupid food intolerances would just leave but I guess for now I just have to face reality- if I eat it I am in pain. It’s my choice.

Some people avoid the nightshade family for a variety of health reasons so this sauce is a good alternative.

Also, it is absolutely DIVINE! It really tastes gorgeous. Now, I noticed that it didn’t taste the same as a tomato based sauce but it is divine in it’s own right. I made a little lasagne for one lastnight using this sauce and spelt lasagne sheets. I just wanted to cry with delight for about two hours afterward.

Anyway, here is the link to the original ‘Nomato’ recipe that I was given.

You’ll find my recipe below:


Laura’s tomato free ‘tomato’ sauce @myinternalworld

  • 6 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 fresh beetroot
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 stock cube (I used beef)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of paprika (do not add this if you are avoiding nightshade family)
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  1.  Grate the carrots, beetroot and celery. Finely chop the onions.
  2.  Saute the onions in the olive oil.
  3. Add the grated ingredients and mix well with the onions.
  4. Stir in the water with stock and add in the garlic, herbs and paprika.
  5. Stir on and off on a medium heat for five minutes.
  6. Blend.
  7. Use what you need and freeze in batches.
  8. Just add to the pot direct from freezer when using it.

I plan on making a flavourless version of this so it can be used as a passata style base for other sauces such as curries etc. 


6 thoughts on “No tomato ‘tomato’ sauce- divine!

  1. That sounds ingenious. Does it taste of beetroot? (I have to admit, I have no idea what beetroot actually tastes like. Someday I’ll buy one and do something delicious with it and find out.)
    I was just wondering (as I eat my cream of red-pepper soup for lunch) if a red-pepper-based sauce would work in a similar way? It would give you the colour and even though it wouldn’t taste the same, roasted red peppers are delish. But are they also something you’d be better avoiding? I’m not sure how closely related they are to tomatoes…

    • Beetroot has an earthy with a sweet after taste- I prefer using it more for it’s colour raather than flavour but you can’t taste it in this although it definitely gives it a deep sweetness. I always wanted to use pepper but as they are so expensive and have little water in them you would have to use lots of them in that kind of recipe. Also, peppers are in the nightshade family too so from an acidic point of view wouldn’t be ideal (although I don’t react to them so should be ok).

  2. Laura, sounds just delicious. You really need to read a book called Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagle, the dietary requirements are very similar to what you mention! I’ll definitely be making his (and do I just love beetroot!!) x

    • I was very impressed by the beetroot- it really gave the flavour depth without being too earthy (which I only enjoy in small doses). Book sounds intriging- I must look out for it.

  3. You probably already know this – given your intolerances but tomato and potato are from the same family! So in answer to Maud above – no the pepper comes from a completely different family. 😉

    • Thanks Caitiona. Yeah I am aware of their relationship although I am almost certain that peppers are in the nightshade group too but I don’t avoid them. I have enough intolerances to be avoiding anything else lol!

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