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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Otamot Essential Sauce, A Better Tomato Sauce

Otamot. Otamot. We said it several times before we realized that Otamot is tomato spelled backwards.

Otamot was created by the parent of a picky eater, who set out to create a more nutritious tomato sauce, a food his daughter would eat.

Starting with the concept of tomato sauce, he found a way to add a nutrient boost to meals, including vitamins, minerals and fiber.

The solution: a tomato-based sauce combined with ten other vegetables.

It’s full of flavor, and a great way to sneak in vegetables that the vegetable-averse will never suspect.

But you don’t have to be vegetable-averse to love this sauce: It’s delicious for everyone.

There are three varieties:

  • Organic Essential Sauce
  • Organic Carrot Bolognese
  • Spicy Organic Sauce*

    The sauces include 9 to 12 different vegetables, depending on flavor.

    In order of percentage, Organic Essential Sauce contains: vine ripened tomato, carrot, red bell pepper, sweet potato, butternut squash, spinach, red beet, leek, sweet onion, garlic, grapeseed oil and portobello mushroom.

    This combination adds 15 vitamins and nutrients, including lycopene and vitamins A, B3, B6, C, E and K, among others.

    The sauces are gluten free, no sugar added, Non GMO, USDA Organic, high in fiber, and have 3 grams of protein per serving.

    For sure, Otamot is a new way of looking at a favorite family food, tomato sauce.

    We’ve been giving jars to friends, and plan to use them as party favors and stocking stuffers.

    Otamot is surprisingly versatile beyond pasta and pizza. Use the sauces in:

  • Bean dishes
  • Braises
  • Chili and stews
  • Dips and spreads, including flavoring hummus or plain yogurt
  • Eggs, including shakshouka
  • Mac and cheese
  • Meatballs, meatloaf and burgers
  • Pasta and pizza sauces
  • Rice and other grains
  • Salad dressing (add a spin to vinaigrette or ranch)
  • Soup (just thin the sauce)
  • Tex-Mex: enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas
  • Vegetables: steamed, raw, roasted, spiralized
    The creator, Andrew Suzuka, says his favorite use of the Spicy version is in a Bloody Mary.

    We used it as a dip for shrimp in a raw bar. We also admit to eating it from the jar.

    We’ll be ordering it by the case!

    Otamot is currently available at retailers in the Northeast (store locator), but you can buy assortments on the company website, OtamotFoods.com/Shop.

    * Debuting at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide in June 2020.


    [1] The logical choice: Otamot Essential Sauce with pasta and pizza (all photos © Otamot Foods).

    [2] Tacos with Otamot Essential Sauce.

    [3] Farro topped with roasted carrots and Otamot Essential Sauce.

    [4] This fancy version of ratatouille is called a tian. Here’s the recipe.

    [5] Otamot Essential Sauce ingredients.


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