Easy Tomatoless Pasta Sauce- No Beets! (AIP, Paleo, Whole30)
Have you been looking for a tomatoless pasta sauce that tastes even a little bit like tomatoes? I feel your pain. My goodness, I honestly never thought I’d be able to find or develop an AIP-friendly pasta sauce that actually tastes like real marinara but this stuff is actually even better. Plus, no beets!!
Don’t get me wrong, I love beets, but I know not everyone does. So, I’m psyched that this recipe worked out great without beets. The other cool thing is, it only requires a handful of ingredients.
As with my other recipes, I tried this one on my family. It was a hit! They all agree it tastes like tomato sauce. Woohoo!
This a relatively thick nomato sauce so it’s awesome as a nightshade-free pizza sauce as well as an AIP-friendly marinara. You can add a little bit of water or vegetable broth if you want to thin it out a bit as needed.
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Tomatoless Pasta Sauce Ingredients
Preferably organic and cold-pressed. This will be used to saute the onions and carrots.
You’ll want to peel the carrots and dice them very very small, so they cook relatively quickly.
Sweet onions or yellow onions work well. Dice them relatively small as well.
Red wine vinegar contributes a slightly sweet and unique flavor to the sauce. I definitely recommend using it if you can. If you must substitute something in, white wine vinegar is probably the next closest thing.
This is a pretty typical ingredient in most pasta sauces and it helps to balance the sweetness of the other ingredients.
Another typical pasta sauce ingredient. This herb in just the right amount contributes to the perfect marinara flavor.
This in combination with the other seasonings makes for an amazing sauce.
Any sea salt is fine. I usually go with pink sea salt.
Frozen Sweet Dark Cherries
You may be wondering if cherries will make the sauce too sweet. It is a tad sweet but not as sweet as you might think. I wouldn’t say it’s any sweeter than most pasta sauces. Plus the garlic and salt balance out the flavor really nicely.
Try to get organic. You can of course use fresh cherries as well. but I like using frozen because they’re already pitted. You’ll just microwave the cherries to heat them up before adding them to the blender with the other ingredients. You might be able to use canned cherries but the cherries won’t be as red as fresh or frozen. This just means the sauce may not be as red. It may look a little more on the orange side.
How to Make Tomatoless Pasta Sauce
- Saute the onions and carrots in a pan with olive oil until tender.
- Add the vinegar, salt, and seasonings. Cook a little longer until the vinegar evaporates. Remove from the heat.
- Heat up the cherries in the microwave.
- Add the vegetables and cherries to a high-speed blender or food processor until smooth.
- Assess the consistency of the sauce then add a little bit of water or vegetable broth (if needed) to desired consistency. That's it!
Can You Freeze Nightshade Free Spaghetti Sauce?
Yep! I recommend storing it in mason jars leaving a little bit of space at the top for expansion. It’ll keep fresh in the freezer for at least 3 months. This is very easy to make in big batches and freeze so it's ready to go for future meals.
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Tomatoless Pizza and Pasta Sauce- No Beets! (Vegan, AIP, Paleo, Whole30)
- high speed blender or food processor
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2.5 cups carrots, peeled and diced very small (about 3 large carrots)
- 1 cup white or yellow onions, diced
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 4 cups frozen dark red cherries
- 1/4 cup water (add additional water or vegetable broth as needed to desired consistency)
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute for about 2 minutes.
- Add the carrots to the pan. Turn heat down to medium. Cook for 10-12 minutes and continue stirring frequently to avoid burning.
- Add the vinegar, salt, and seasonings to the pan and stir them in. Continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes or until the carrots are soft and tender. Remove from heat.
- Place the cherries in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 4 minutes or until cherries are warm. Stop the microwave and stir them once or twice during heating.
- Add the cherries and carrot/onion mixture to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend on high until smooth. Add up to 1/4 cup of water and assess consistency. If needed, add a little more water or vegetable broth if you'd like it thinner.
- Use the sauce in recipes as needed.