No tomato paste (RPAH elim friendly)

When I first tried this sauce I put it in spaghetti bolognese it was amazing. The first thing I did was tell my boyfriend that it tasted almost like the real thing! I was jumping around the house because finally I had a flavour explosion in my mouth after months of blandness. I honestly was not going to stop there! I also used it to make a sort of chicken cacciatore when I did my salicylate challenge and regularly use it to make a baked bean substitute and to flavour meats. The original recipe is from Cooking For Oscar here.

Pasta sauce

No-Tomato paste

Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, nut free, vegan, failsafe


  • 1 can of red kidney beans (rinsed)
  • 2 pear halves in syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large stick of celery (chopped)
  • 1 cup of spring onions (chopped)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • A pinch of saffron


  1. Chop everything up and place it all in a saucepan.
  2. Place it on medium-low heat and simmer for around 30 minutes till everything is soft. Make sure the sauce is reduced and is not too watery.
  3. Take it off the heat and let it cool down before you blend it in a food processor. Alternatively, you can put a stick blender in the pot and blend it that way. I find that the stick blender makes a smoother paste (as you can see mine is chunky because I used a cheap food processor) and its less washing up.
  4. Return to the heat to reduce more if you like a thicker paste. It’s better to reduce it before this step as if it is a bit thick already it will spit and can go all over your cook top. Otherwise if you are happy with the consistency then pop it into a container and keep in the fridge. You can also keep it in the freezer if you make in bulk.


  • Use a 2-3 tablespoons of this sauce with 2-3 teaspoons of pear ketchup and cook with a can of white beans to make baked beans.
  • Cook with minced meat to make a bolognese sauce.
  • Marinate your meats with this sauce and grill or pan fry.

Too easy!!


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