What can I substitute for tomato sauce?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, ”What can I substitute for tomato sauce?” with an in-depth analysis of tomato sauce, what are the ingredients of tomato sauce, how it can be prepared, and what are the possible substitutes of tomato sauce, and how it is beneficial to us.

What can I substitute for tomato sauce?

We can use different substituted products for tomato sauce which may include tomato paste, tomato soup, canned tomatoes, Marinara sauce, ketchup, and tomato juice.

Tomato paste

If you do not have tomato sauce in your hand then it can be frequently replaced by tomato paste and also if you have tomato paste as an alternative in your stock then it is a perfect alteration for tomato sauce. 

It is recommended to use the tomato paste by mixing it with water until it turns into a smooth mixture.

If you need one cup of tomato sauce and it is out of stock then one cup of perfect match sauce can be prepared by using half a cup of tomato paste which should be in fine blended form with half a cup of water, then mix both these ingredients which are almost similar to tomato sauce in respect of both texture and nutrients.

If you are a lover of spicy canned tomato paste, then this flavour can be added easily into self-made tomato paste by the addition of some ingredients such as garlic, onion, and herbs. 

For traditionally preparing tomato paste, onion and garlic should be sautéed in olive oil until the texture of both these ingredients gets softened. After making these ingredients soft add them into a mixture of tomato paste and water, and blend them into fine grounded form. 

If this tomato paste is according to your taste then it is well and good, otherwise, you can add a little bit of olive oil with a pinch of sugar that will provide a stimulating kick to all the tastes of ketchup by sharpening the flavours.

Canned tomatoes

As it is shown by name, canned tomatoes could be a perfect match for the canned sauce of tomatoes, but in reality, there is a little bit of difference, although these canned tomatoes are considered a good alternative product for tomato sauce recipes. 

The texture of both the tomato sauce and regular tomato sauce is quite different, as the texture of regular tomato blended sauce will not be as thick as the canned tomato sauce.  

Canned tomatoes or other types of tomatoes like stewed tomatoes should be blended, then this blended form of tomatoes will create a thinner sauce or paste of tomatoes, but if it is according to our requirement then we can make its use in our different recipes or if it is not according to our requirement may be due to thinner texture. 

The thinner texture of tomato sauce could be reduced by cooking the tomato sauce until the water content of this sauce is evaporated or simmered. The cooking process should be continued until the desired texture of the tomato sauce is achieved.

In making tomato paste with the stewed tomatoes, then different ingredients like celery, sugar, salt, bell peppers, onion, and a cluster of herbs that may be Italian could be added. 

These ingredients will enhance the taste and flavours of the tomato paste which will be delightful to eat. These ingredients could be termed as beneficial while crafting any dish recipe.

It is also suggested to preserve water from canned tomatoes by draining. This reserved water is extracted before pouring tomatoes into tomato sauce recipes while cooking. 

It is the best method through which we can adjust the consistency of tomato sauce. The reserved water should be added in such a way that it should be according to our needs.

Equal content of canned tomatoes should be added with respect to regular tomatoes in tomato sauce.

Tomato soup

Tomato soup is another best substitute for tomato sauce recipes. It is also considered an ideal substituted product for grilled cheese. It has been found out that tomato soup in canned form is condensed. 

Tomato soup is prepared by using tomatoes, and these tomatoes are cooked down into a thickened paste which is then spiced up by using different ingredients such as herbs and garlic.

Tomato soup also consists of some other ingredients such as sausages, red wine, cheese, onion, hot red peppers, mild green bell peppers, and these bell peppers should be mild. 

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, ”What can I substitute for tomato sauce?” with an in-depth analysis of the tomato sauce with its possible ingredients and possible substitutes with respect to their quantity and importance. We have also described how these ingredients could be used in our different recipes.

References

https://www.mashed.com/417156/best-substitutes-for-tomato-sauce/
https://www.purewow.com/food/substitute-for-tomato-sauce

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.