Last week I was creating a recipe and decided that I needed 1 cup of tomato sauce. Since I was creating a recipe you would think I would use ingredients that I have on hand, but no, my imagination is bigger than my pantry. After searching to no avail for tomato sauce, I looked for some of the usual replacements: tomato paste and spaghetti sauce.
To substitute tomato paste for tomato sauce, use equal parts water and tomato paste to reach your desired amount of tomato sauce. So in this case I would have used 1/2 cup tomato paste and 1/2 water. But I didn’t have any tomato paste.
You can use spaghetti sauce one for one with tomato sauce and then decrease the recipe’s spices to allow for the spices in the spaghetti sauce. But I didn’t have any spaghetti sauce. All I had on hand was diced tomatoes.
How I used diced tomatoes to create a substitute for tomato sauce.
I put a can of diced tomatoes with the juice in the blender and pureed the the tomatoes. The pureed tomatoes were a red-orange color and had a few seeds, but worked just fine in the recipe in place of tomato sauce.
How have you been making do or doing without?