This AIP, vegan and nightshade-free Classic Nomato Sauce is so similar in taste to tomato sauce, you might even fool your tomato-eating friends and family members.
If you’ve been following the autoimmune paleo protocol for some time now, you’ve probably tried nomato sauce. “No”mato sauce, as the name suggests, is a tomato free marinara sauce. Since nightshades are a no-no on the AIP, the community has gotten really creative in creating substitutes for tomato sauces.
There are tons of nomato recipes on the internet, and I have tried several of them! After about a year of experimenting, I’ve put together this Classic Nomato Sauce recipe to add to the collection. This recipe includes my favourite combinations of veggies and herbs to mimic the taste of tomatoes without tasting like beets. While I’m a big fan of beets, they’re not exactly what I’m in the mood for when re-creating tomato sauce. In fact, too much beet in a nomato sauce recipe can make the end product uncharacteristically sweet and earthy.
How to make your Nomato Sauce
For the base of this recipe, you’ll need chopped onions, garlic, carrots, celery, butternut squash and beets. Dried herbs of thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano lend an Italian flavour, while red wine vinegar offers a classic acidic taste that is balanced by a small amount of honey or maple syrup for a vegan version.
After sautéing the vegetables in olive oil, add your liquids and bring pot to a low boil. Simmer on low heat until all the vegetables have softened. Allow to cool slightly and then transfer to blender and puree to consistency of choice.
This sauce is so similar in taste and looks to tomato sauce, you might even fool your tomato-eating friends and family members. I certainly have 🙂
I don’t like beets, can I omit the beet in this recipe?
In addition to adding the red colour to this sauce, the beet adds a subtle earthy flavour. While some nomato sauce recipes include a lot of beet (which I too can find overwhelming), this recipe only calls for one. I wouldn’t recommend omitting, and I promise the sauce doesn’t taste like beets!
Can I freeze this sauce?
Yes! I almost always freeze this sauce as it makes a pretty big batch. I like to separate it into two or three smaller glass containers or for the ultimate hack, I pour into an ice tray and freeze. This way I can easily pop out a few cubes and use within dishes.
How can I use this sauce?
Use this as you would a classic marinara sauce. This recipe features in a blog reader fave – AIP Sweet Potato Lasagna. Use it in Spaghetti and Meatsauce, as a base for your favourite AIP pizzas, pastas, with gnocchi or as a dip for veggies on grazing boards.
Can I make this in the Instant Pot?
Yes! Per reader recommendations, you can try cooking for about 15 minutes and letting it release for 10 minutes before blending.
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