Failsafe Recipes: Other recipes and hints

Nomato or No-Tomato Sauce

Thanks very much to Sandra at Cooking for Oscar for this “awesome substitute for tomato sauce”


1 cup red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
2 large pear halves in syrup (approximately 150g) or one large ripe peeled pear
1 cup water
1 tsp citric acid
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 stick celery (trimmed and chopped)
4 spring onions (chopped)
3 heaped tsp minced garlic
10 saffron threads (soaked in a bit of water; optional)
2 medium carrots (peeled and chopped; optional as moderate in salicylates)

Place all the ingredients into a saucepan on low heat. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until cooked. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, pour into food processor and blend until very smooth.  Return the sauce to the saucepan. If the sauce is a bit thick add some more water. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

There are 3 options for storing: Pour into sterilised jars and seal; store in the fridge in an airtight container for about 2 weeks; or pour into bags or containers and store in the freezer.