This actually isn't as bad as you might expect. In fact, I eat it with the kids just because it causes less acid reflux after a plate of spaghetti. The only downside to this is it takes a little work. I make big batches and freeze in portions.
23 oz. carrots washed and peeled
15 oz. beets, washed and/or peeled
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups water
2.5 cups chicken broth
1 tsp minced garlic or two cloves crushed
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp parsley
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tbsp. paprika
2 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if preferred)
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
I start by prepping the vegetables and garlic and cutting into pieces. Then boil until cooked through and soft. Let cool.
Put veggies into blender by the handful along with some of the water and broth. Blend smooth. Continue until all veggies are blended. Put into large bowl. Mix in remaining liquid. Put through blender again to get smooth texture. Pour into stove pot. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Heat to serve.
Try. You can adjust color by tinkering with the ratio of beets and carrots, or by adding others such as yams, zucchini flesh or squash. You can adjust the spice factor by adjusting the cayenne. You can turn this into chili sauce by upping the cumin and chili powder. You could turn this into a tomato paste by cutting back some water and cooking it down.