Pantry Quick Red Sauce

Pantry ‘NOmato’ Sauce

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This recipe is one of those that really confuse the heck out of folks, as the ingredients separately taste very distinctive, but when mixed together give that same flavor and mouth-feel as marinara sauce. Don’t knock it til you try it!

As for some of the ‘more exotic’ ingredients, these are in my pantry at all times as a sub for the foods I can’t have.

Pantry Nomato

Recipe by Dimples
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Cuisine: American, Italian


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Makes a delicious and easy pain-free substitute for Marinara tomato sauce.

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  • 1 15 oz can of pears with juice. drained

  • 1 15 oz can yams drained

  • 1 15 oz can carrots drained

  • 1 15 oz can red beets with juice

  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree NOT pie filling!

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning

  • 1 1/2 tsp tamarind paste

  • 1 tsp grated horseradish

  • 1 tsp minced lemon grass

  • 1 tsp minced fennel bulb

  • 1/2 tsp truffle zest

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp annato powder

  • 1 tsp capers and juice blended


  • Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth!
  • Pour into a pot on low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  • Freeze in plastic baggies laid flat. When you want to use it, just thaw it in the fridge.


  • blender
  • sauce pan
  • stovetop burner

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