Substitutes for Tomatoes in Recipes

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February 5, 2008

Fettucine AlfredoWhat can I use to substitute canned tomatoes when making things like beef stew, gumbo, or spaghetti? My kids do not like tomatoes and I was wondering can I just substitute with canned tomato sauce?




April 18, 20156 found this helpful
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I have an allergy to tomato so in stews I use pumpkin purée and sliced zucchini. I also use plum sauce for hamburgers etc. This seems to work well for me.

May 2, 20163 found this helpful
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I am allergic to tomatoes too....I found a product called nomatoes ...

November 11, 20182 found this helpful
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Here is a recipe to make your own Nomato sauce if you have not found it. May end up cheaper in the long run if you have the time.

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December 28, 2019

My wife can no longer eat tomatoes or garlic due to health reasons, and we really love our pasta and spaghetti. What are good replacements for these in spaghetti sauces and for ketchup?


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December 28, 20190 found this helpful
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I had to give up tomatoes when I was having gall bladder issues. I would toss broccoli and a little butter (very little) into pasta. Mushrooms also were good in pasta--do a light saute in a very little olive oil and toss with pasta.


If she can tolerate cheese a little parm cheese adds flavor. Duck sauce and plum sauce from the ethnic aisle at the store are good in many places where I used to use ketchup. Sending up healing prayers!


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My grandchildren won't eat tomato sauce of any kind. I normally have to make a pesto sauce and when I do this I use some chicken bouillon to make the pesto thinner. I have also made a white cream sauce that works well for pasta. You can even make a cheese sauce to go over the top of pasta.


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January 1, 20200 found this helpful
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Sauce Alternatives

"Drizzle cooked pasta with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh oregano and basil. This meal is high in heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Roast a variety of vegetables, such as zucchini, onions, carrots and broccoli, and toss with cooked pasta as an alternative to pureed tomato sauces.


Combine cooked pasta with low-fat ricotta or cottage cheese and fresh vegetables, such as sauteed asparagus, as another healthy alternative to traditional pasta sauce recipes."

Very good recipes that I use just because I am not a fan of traditional tomato sauce dishes.

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February 12, 2012

I want to make cassoulet and I have a terrific recipe, but it calls for 1 cup whole peeled canned tomatoes, to which I am allergic. What can I use as a substitute?

By Joan K


May 11, 20200 found this helpful

Have you ever heard of nomato sauce? It is great! Btw, I know your recipe calls for whole tomatoes. But this is the best I could think of.

6 carrots


1 small beet
1 small onion
1 small bay leaf

Clean, peel, slice and dice all vegetables except the bay leaf.

Put everything in a covered pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer until veggies are soft.
Take out the bay leaf, blend well till smooth and use as you would tomato sauce, spicing appropriately for the dish you're using it in.

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August 31, 2010

What can I substitute for tomatoes? I would be using it for an Indian recipe. I use tomatoes in almost every gravy or curry I make, such as Dal, etc.

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September 2, 20101 found this helpful

Roasted red bell peppers or zucchini would be my choices.

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April 30, 2016

This is a page about seedless substitutes for tomatoes in recipes. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from eating seeds, substitutions and alternative foods are a part of your daily eating habits.

Bowls of tomato sauce, tomato sauce, and tomato puree' laying on top of fresh whole tomatoes and peppers on a white backgound

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August 31, 2010

I am unable to use tomatoes in cooking for health reasons. Is there a substitute that I can use in recipes?


March 28, 2010

I have found out that I am allergic to tomatoes and I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions for something I could substitute them with.

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