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    Default Tomato paste alternative?

    I am cooking spaghetti bolognese tonight as my cupboard is very very bare but I have run out of tomato paste. Is there anything else I can use to thicken the sauce up without it?

    I really don't want to go out to just buy tomate paste IYKWIM.

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    Now don't quote me on this as I haven't tried it yet, but my work colleague was talking about this the other week and swears by adding a little bit of gravy to her pasta sauce (she adds this to bolognaise) and it gives it a nice flavour and thickens this.

    It was suggested as my DH complains about my sometimes watery bolognaise sauce sometimes and I was whinging about him whinging .

    Apparently she uses the Greens brand Gravy (though I'm sure brand shouldn't matter .
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    As long as you have some form of tomato going in for flavour, try thickening up the sauce with some pureed vegetables like carrot,potato & zucchini if you have any on hand. Strain any extra liquid out first of course!

    Or for something different cooked red lentils and add a bit of tomato sauce (taste first to see if required)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by misheycat View Post
    Now don't quote me on this as I haven't tried it yet, but my work colleague was talking about this the other week and swears by adding a little bit of gravy to her pasta sauce (she adds this to bolognaise) and it gives it a nice flavour and thickens this.

    It was suggested as my DH complains about my sometimes watery bolognaise sauce sometimes and I was whinging about him whinging .

    Apparently she uses the Greens brand Gravy (though I'm sure brand shouldn't matter .

    Thanks Michelle that could work
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    Tomato paste is more for an intense flavour rather than thickening. If you want it a bit thicker though, just cook it longer with the lid off to reduce down. I like to put bacon in mine, too.

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    with cooking it longer and reducing the liquid works for me..also you could add tomato sauce and for flavour honey! Very yummy!!
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    Thanks everyone. I am just too darn lazy to lug 3 kids to the grocery store for 1 item.
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