Quick no-tomato sauce

If you can't eat tomatoes then this is the sauce for you! It makes a great substitute for the usual pasta tomato sauces.


1 small Onion
4 Garlic cloves
125g Carrots
2 medium Sweet Potatoes
3tbsp Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
Black pepper (to taste)
1 large Beetroot cooked
1tbsp Olive Oil


  1. Roughly chop all the vegetables, including the onion and garlic
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Cook until soft then add the carrots and sweet potato and cook for a couple of minutes
  3. Add all the other ingredients, except for the cooked beetroot
  4. Add water to just cover the vegetables and bring to the boil
  5. Reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for around 30-45 minutes until the carrots and sweet potato are completely soft
  6. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and add the beetroot. Blend until smooth. You may need to do this in a couple of batches. If the sauce is too thick you can add a little water

Your sauce is now ready to be used in the same way as chopped tomatoes or tomato passata in pasta dishes. Why not substitute it for tomato passata in a bolognese?

It makes quite a few servings so if you aren't going to use it all up within a few days then you can freeze it. Just divide it into freezable containers or bags in individual portions.

Seb Tucknott

Co-founder IBDrelief

Hey, I'm Seb, I've been living with ulcerative colitis since 2008 and I'm super passionate helping people learn how to live their best life with long term conditions.

I've learnt so much from others around me and continue to do so. I love to share what I've learnt along the way too.

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