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Quick Tomato Sauce with Seaweed

Tomato Sauce

Pasta is one of those standbys that is perfect for meals in a hurry. I often make tomato sauce to go with pasta and add carrots and onions and any other vegetables I happen to have around – parsnips work well. The other day, I was in even more of a hurry than usual and so I thought I’d try blending a raw tomato sauce instead.

In went the usual suspects, a large carrot, garlic, herbs from the garden and a tin of tomatoes. I didn’t add an onion as I thought that would be a bit much, but I did add a little seaweed. Seaweed is full of all sorts of nutrients and I often add it to soups and stews, but never to a raw sauce before. My favourite variety is dulse, a purple seaweed which is quite tender and mildly flavoured. Living near the Cornish coast, means we are able to collect our own. My high speed Froothie Optimum 9200 blender is a powerful beast indeed and made short work of blending the ingredients, including the carrot and seaweed, to an ultra smooth sauce.

Mixed into hot pasta with a bit of grated cheese on top, it made for a very quick and tasty meal. The sauce took less than 5 minutes to make from start to finish. I’m waiting for the tomato season now, because as good as this sauce was, how much better would it be with fresh ripe tomatoes?

Cooking with HerbsWith the lovely spring herbs of thyme and chives in this recipe, I’m sending it off to Karen of Lavender and Lovage for Cooking with Herbs.

 

 

Extra Veg LogoWith the carrot slipped into the sauce, I reckon it qualifies for #ExtraVeg which is being hosted at Jo’s Kitchen this month on behalf of Fuss Free Flavours and Utterly Scrummy Food for Families.

 

 

Family Foodies LogoFamily Foodies is all about Italian food this month and as tomato sauce to eat with pasta is about as Italian as it gets, even if they might not recognise this particular one, I’m crossing fingers and hope it will be accepted over at Bangers & Mash and Eat Your Veg.

 

Meat Free MondaysThis also goes to Jac’s brand new blogging event Meat Free Mondays over at Tinned Tomatoes.

If you fancy buying one of these thigh speed blenders, please do so using this link Optimum 9200. As a Froothie Ambassador, I will gain a commission, but it won’t cost you any more.  

Quick Tomato Sauce
Serves 4
A super speedy no-cook tomato sauce for hot pasta made in a blender. Added carrots and seaweed give extra flavour as well as nutrients and chilli for a bit of heat.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 400g tin of tomatoes
  2. 1 large organic carrot - scrubbed but not peeled and roughly chopped.
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. leaves from 3 sprigs thyme
  5. a small piece of dried dulse (about the size of dessertspoon)
  6. half a red chilli (optional)
  7. a dash of tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
  8. a glug of extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Throw all ingredients into a high speed blender and blitz on fast for about 30 seconds (I put mine on the 35 second cycle, whilst grating cheese for the pasta).
  2. Stir into hot pasta and top with cheese if desired.
Notes
  1. Can also be easily heated in a pan if desired.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/

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    Anita-Clare Field
    26th April 2015

    Yes please, I LOVE the look of this and have been looking for something new to toss through my courgette and mooli noodles tomorrow. Fantastic !

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    Karen
    26th April 2015

    YES please too – LOVE anything seaweed and what a great recipe to use in your froothie machine!

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      Choclette
      27th April 2015

      Ah yes Karen, the wonderful froothie. I wonder how I managed without it. Seaweed is a much underused resource and I have to confess, I tend to put it on our vegetables beds rather than in our soups! I need to remember to use it more.

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      Choclette
      27th April 2015

      You have a remarkable OH Bintu. I have a fantastic raw tomato sauce recipe too, given to me by my Italian sister-in-law. This was the first time I’ve ever used tinned tomatoes in such a way.

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    Janice
    26th April 2015

    That sounds really good, you are making some lovely recipes in your froothie.

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      Choclette
      27th April 2015

      Thanks Janice, it’s a rather splendid machine that is just begging to be used.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    27th April 2015

    I’ve almost given up on ideas for some dried dulse I have so this is great to have a nice regular dish I can try it in. Would love to go dulse gathering in Cornwall – sounds very rustic and traditional

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      Choclette
      27th April 2015

      Haha Johanna. Rustic is the word, mostly we are down on the beach with our wellies heaving seaweed into sacks to take back for our vegetable beds. But when I see a nice piece of dulce I save it and treat it a bit differently πŸ˜‰ I used seaweed quite a bit in soups and stews, but was rather pleased with the inspiration to use it in this sauce.

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    Alida
    27th April 2015

    Dear Choclette,
    I like your tomato sauce and I the idea of adding seaweed is really good! A nice twist to the recipe.
    And the fact that it is so quick to make is a real bonus. I like your new site. Great job!

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      Choclette
      27th April 2015

      Thank you Alida, my site is getting there, but still has much work to do on it. Really pleased you like it. Given that I’ve messed around with an Italian classic, it’s very good of you to be so generous πŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      27th April 2015

      Definitely not a sin Angie, but it’s quite strong, so you would probably want to dilute it with something.

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      Choclette
      27th April 2015

      Definitely worth a go Sarah, Seaweed is meant to be quite good for us.

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    Stephanie
    27th April 2015

    i’ve never thought of adding seaweed to a sauce but this looks and sounds delicious – thanks for sharing x

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      Choclette
      27th April 2015

      Thanks Stephanie. It’s always useful I find to have something that can be made in a trice.

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    Vanesther - Bangers & Mash
    27th April 2015

    What a wonderful raw sauce for pasta, so tasty and so simple too. Don’t care what the Italians think – I love the look of this! A perfect entry for the #FamilyFoodies challenge πŸ™‚

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    Helen @Fuss Free Flavours
    14th May 2015

    This is such a good idea, I am a huge fan of seaweed, so so delicious and adaptable. I use it all the time. Thank you linking up to ExtraVeg

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      Choclette
      14th May 2015

      Thanks Helen. I’m not very adventurous with seaweed, though I do use it in soups, stews and curries a lot.

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    Nayna Kanabar
    14th May 2015

    What a lovely tomato sauce, I really like the twist on adding the sea weed, apart from the fried variety in Chinese restaurants I have never tried it.

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      Choclette
      15th May 2015

      Seaweed is packed full of nutrients Nayna, so it’s a useful addition to have. Generally the stuff you get in Chinese restaurants is cabbage not seaweed.

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    Elizabeth
    16th May 2015

    It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of seaweed! I love this recipe! Fantastic! πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      16th May 2015

      That’s probably just as well Elizabeth, you must have a ready supply up there. Thank you πŸ™‚

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    Camilla
    7th July 2015

    What a fab easy recipe, just one question, do you really blitz it for 30 minutes?

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