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Author Notes: Nowadays many people are following the autoimmune paleo protocol (AIP). This restricted version of the paleo diet, in addition to prohibiting grains, legumes, and dairy, also excludes eggs, nuts, seeds (including seed-based spices) and nightshades (potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes) in an effort to minimize – and in some cases to cure – leaky gut and many auto immune diseases.
You know how it is, we Italians love our tomato sauce ;) Tomatoes, especially when it comes to cooking Italian food, are a true staple. Pizza Margherita and Pasta Bolognese are not the same when made without marinara sauce.
Of course, when health issues are involved, matters of flavors are secondary and, with the right replacements, we can keep on enjoying all of our favorite dishes!!
Personally, I really enjoy the challenge of recreating traditional dishes with ingredients targeted for those with food allergies. I love the creativity that’s involved and the sensation of helping people who are struggling with serious diet limitations.
After a few attempts, I nailed a recipe for a tomato free marinara sauce that’s so good you’ll want to eat it even if you don’t have a nightshade intolerance! —Ambra Torelli
- 1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1/2 piece Red Beet
- 3 pieces Carrots
- 1/3 piece Yellow Onion
- 1 piece clove of Garlic
- 1/4 piece Kabocha Squash
- 1/4 tablespoon dried Italian Herbs
- 1 piece Himalayan Salt
- 1/2 cup Water
- 5 pieces leaves of fresh Sage
- 5 pieces leaves of Basil
- 1/2 piece Lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon Capers
- Peel all the vegetables, cut them in small pieces and put them in a food processor pulsing until coarsely grated.
- Finely chop sage, garlic and onion.
- In a medium sized saucepan, heat up the olive oil. When it starts to sizzle, add in the chopped sage, garlic and onion and let them fry for a minute.
- Toss in the pan the grated vegetable mixture, together with the spices and dried herbs, and mix well.(If you like capers or green olives, you can add them in at this point).
- Add in some water, cover and let your Nomato Sauce cook over medium heat.
- Check on your sauce every 5 minutes to see if it needs more water.
- After it cooked for 30 minutes all the vegetables should be soft. Mash them with a fork to make your Nomato Sauce smoother.
- Add in the lemon juice and chopped fresh basil, mix well for about a minute and your amazing tomato free marinara sauce!!