Monday, 10 March 2014

No Mato Sauce

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A vegetable-packed sauce that pretends it's tomato sauce...

Maybe nightshade veggies don't agree with you (it happens to many), or maybe you fancy packing in a few more veggies into your kids' meals. Well this tomato - sorry no-mato - sauce is proof that you don't have to go without your favourite Italian recipes.   




There are other 'no-mato' sauce recipes on the internet. And I tried a couple of them. But neither of them exactly hit the spot - they were nice and fresh, and strangely tasted sort of like regular tomato sauce - but seemed to lack the 'richness' that I love in my Bolognese-style sauces. So I upped the garlic, added a splash of red wine and also some rich beef stock, for a meatier flavour with more 'umami'. And it worked. 

The recipe below makes a good batch - enough to feed a family of four over two meals - so I usually make it for that night's dinner, split it in half and then freeze the rest. 

Comfort Bites' No Mato Sauce
from my ebook SPICE
Makes enough for 8 servings 
Ingredients
half tsp cooking fat (or oil if you prefer)
6 medium-sized carrots, trimmed, peeled and chopped
3 medium-sized cooked (and peeled) beetroot, chopped
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
4 small celery sticks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 splashes (about 150ml) red wine
half teaspoon dried thyme
500ml good beef stock, or broth
pinch of salt

Method
Heat the fat or oil in a medium-sized saucepan and add the chopped vegetables. Let everything cook for 4-5 minutes and then add the wine and thyme. Let the alcohol simmer off and then pour in the beef stock. Add a good pinch of salt, put the lid on the pan and let the sauce cook until the vegetables are all soft - about 20 minutes. 

Once the veggies are all tender, take off the lid and blend the sauce until smooth. Serve straight away. 

Tip: Try this in my AIP Courgette Bolognese with fresh basil - it's gorgeous! 


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