Veggie packed No-Tomato sauce with Chickpea Pasta

Jacqueline Alwill

Brown Paper Nutrition

Love pasta but can’t tolerate tomato pasta sauce? This No-Mato Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce is going to take you by surprise because it looks much like a traditional tomato passata and tastes very similar but as the name suggests there is no-(to)mato. It doesn’t miss on vegetables though – with over 7 different vegetables (hello plant points!) in each serve.


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium brown onion, peeled and diced

4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

2 carrots, trimmed and diced

1 zucchini, trimmed and diced

2 stalks celery, diced

200g raw beetroot, peeled and diced

250g pumpkin, skin removed and diced

2 teaspoons Italian herb mix

1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce

Good pinch sea salt

1 teaspoon nutritional yeast

2 cups vegetable stock

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup

Serve with : pasta of your choice, we loved chickpea pasta to increase protein and fibre 



Heat extra virgin olive oil on medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, zucchini, and sweat the vegetables (sweat = pop a lid on and cook them) until tender. Add the raw beetroot, pumpkin, Italian herbs, nutritional yeast, tamari / soy, a good pinch of salt and pepper and 2 cups vegetable stock. Pop the lid on and reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 50-60 minutes until the vegetables are soft and the liquid has reduced to a thick sauce. Once cooked, remove from heat and add the red wine vinegar and honey or maple. Blitz in a high speed blender until smooth. Serve with your favourite pasta and parmesan cheese if desired.


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