Vegetable-based Tomato Sauce

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Vegetable-based Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Category: First Courses, Summer, Vegetarian

Servings: 10

Vegetable-based Tomato Sauce

This is a good alternative to a classic tomato and basil sauce. It has more texture and a more subtle, less tart flavour.Great with potato gnocchi, pasta, or any recipe that calls for a tomato-based sauce.


  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 4-6 large cloves of garlic (depending on taste)
  • 1.5 kg (3 lbs) ripe tomatoes, or equivalent in bottled or canned crushed tomatoes.
  • Extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper
  • 25 basil leaves


  1. If using fresh tomatoes, roughly chop them. Keep aside.
  2. Coarsely chop the onions, carrot and celery (1-inch pieces). Put in a large pot with a good swirl of olive oil.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook on a medium flame for 30 minutes (when the carrots are cooked, switch off).
  4. Pass through a food mill (not too fine). If you do not use a food mill, you'll have to skin the tomatoes before you cook them.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste, and the torn basil leaves. Add a swirl of raw oil when serving.

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