What happens when you can’t use tomatoes but a recipe calls for tomato sauce? Simple – Use this amazing nomato sauce recipe in its place. It can be used many ways and contains an abundance of healthy ingredients. Chop, simmer, blend and use!
Some family members are able to use tomato sauce and others are not. This tomato free nomato sauce can be used whether a family member is bothered by tomatoes or not.
There are different reasons why people need to avoid tomatoes in their diet. Some of these reasons include the need to cut back on histamines, having to eliminate nightshades from their diet, the acid being too strong for their stomach to handle, or simply the dislike of tomatoes.
Whatever the reason, this recipe will help you to still be able to use a favorite tomato-based recipe without the actual tomatoes.
My daughters actually prefer this to a tomato sauce. The sauce does not give such an acidic kick but instead a mildly pleasant flavor. The ingredients can be adjusted slightly to you or a family member’s specific liking.
This Post Is all about a delicious and easy to use nomato sauce that will easily become one of your go to recipes.
What is Nomato Sauce?
Nomato Sauce is a sauce that tastes similar to a tomato sauce without the use of tomatoes. It can be used in place of tomato sauce in many recipes. The sauce is made of different vegetables that all come to create the yummy tomato free sauce.
Ingredients are changed slightly depending on the recipe you use. The ingredients below come together to create a well-balance sauce (according to me) that can be used many ways.
Nomato Sauce Ingredients
This is the list of ingredients that this recipe uses:
- fresh basil leaves
- oregano sprig
- distilled water
The beet and carrots blended together help to give it the tomato sauce color. The carrots also add some sweetness.
I prefer to use a small sized beet. The beet can be a bit overwhelming otherwise and takes away from the melody of the other ingredients.
I use quite a bit of basil because I love it. Feel free to add even more or to use less if a basil flavor is not your thing.
I definitely recommend keeping the addition of the vinegar in the recipe. It gives it a little tang that balances the sweetness of the sauce.
How to use Nomato Sauce
There are really endless possibilities when it comes to how to use this tomato less sauce.
Some of the ways include:
- In pasta (most obvious)
- As a pizza sauce
- When making a dipping sauce
- In a barbeque sauce
- For a ketchup recipe
- In a soup
- To create a salsa
- An addition to a smoothie
Basically it can be used in any recipe calling for tomato sauce or when you want to add a little healthy kick of veggies.
How to Make The Sauce
#1 Dice and saute celery
First of all, chop the celery and onions. This is my favorite thing to chop these ingredients quickly.
Then simply sauté the celery and onions in some olive or coconut oil. Do the sautéing in the same pan that you will be adding the veggies to.
Leave the onion out if you are sensitive to it or have problems with sulfation.
#2 Chop and Add
Chop the other veggies into like-sized chunks and add them to the pan with the celery and onions.
Then add in the water, salt and fresh herbs.
Again, I LOVE the basil and add in a little oregeno for flavor as well. However, thyme or marjoram can be easily used too.
#3 Boil and Simmer
Bring the liquid and vegetables to a boil and simmer for approximately 20-25 minutes. This will vary depending on how large you cut the vegetables. This times is for approximately 1-2 inch cubed vegetables.
Check to ensure vegetables are very soft before removing from heat.
#4 Cool and Blend
Make sure The vegetables and liquid cool for at least 15-20 minutes before blending. Pressure will build up in the blender if the mixture is too hot.
Next, blend with a blender like this one or an immersion blender like this one. These both work well to thoroughly incorporate the ingredients into a smooth sauce, but I prefer the first method the best.
You may need to blend in 2-3 batches if using a blender.
Additional liquid may need to be added if you prefer a thinner sauce. All the sauce to rest a bit before adding to much more liquid.
Also, keep in mind that the sauce tends to be thinner when frozen then thawed.
Low Histamine Nomato Sauce Recipe
This is also low in histamines. We have always used the SIGHI List which stands for Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance. They use a scale of 0-3 to rate foods according to their histamine levels.
Due to health problems in our own family, it has becomes very important for us to be aware of the histamine levels in our food. This sauce recipe was created to meet the needs of people with an intolerance for histamines.
- 3 stalks celery
- 1/2 red onion
- 3 medium carrots
- 1 small beet
- 7-9 large fresh basil leaves
- 1 sprig oregano
- 2 1/2 cups distilled water
- 1/2 -1 tbsp. white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Dice and sauté celery and onion and add to large sauce pan. Sauté on low heat until translucent and soft, approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Chop the beet, celery, carrots and zucchini into like-sized chunks. (preferably in no larger than 2 inch chunk to adhere to cooking time stated above.)
- Add water, fresh basil, oregano sprig and salt to pot of vegetables.
- Bring the liquid to a boil and then simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are very soft.
- Take the mixture off the heat and allow to cool 10-15 minutes before blending.
- Add boiled vegetables with liquid and vinegar to blender and blend until smooth. This can also be done with an immersion blender, but I find it easier done with blender. If using a blender, it may have to be done in batches.
- Check for seasoning and consistency. If you need the sauce thinner, add more water a tablespoon at a time.
- Use right away or store in refrigerator up to 7 days or freeze for up to 6 months.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is based off of a calculated program, so accuracy may vary.