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nightshade free nomato sauce

Nomato Sauce (Tomato Sauce Alternative)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 3/4 cups (11 servings 1/4 C. each) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Nomato sauce is a dairy free, nightshade free, and anti-inflammatory tomato sauce alternative, and it’s delicious! Full of antioxidants and nutrients, you can make this easy sauce recipe in your blender.


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  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 cup diced beets (1 large raw beet, peeled- purple or golden*)
  • 1 cup diced carrots (1-2 large carrots, peeled)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch kosher or sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (use more for a thinner sauce)
  • 1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree (or other squash puree)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and/or 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar for extra tang (I use a combo of both)
  • Optional add-in: 1 Tablespoon pitted diced olives, capers, nutritional yeast


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat, then add and saute the onions until tender and golden, about 10 minutes. Add minced garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add beets, carrots, Italian seasoning, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir together. Add 1 cup vegetable broth. Cover and cook over medium heat until carrots and beets are fork-tender, 20 to 30 minutes. The broth will almost be absorbed by then. Once cooked, transfer ingredients in the pot to a blender. See photos in blog post.
  3. Add 1/2 cup broth and pumpkin/squash puree, then blend until smooth. Alternatively, add 1/2 cup broth and pumpkin/squash puree to the pot and use a stick blender to blend into a puree. Note: For thinner pasta sauce, increase amount of broth to reach desired consistency. Then, add fresh parsley, lemon juice and/or balsamic vinegar, and any optional add-ins, and blend again until smooth.
  4. Transfer ingredients back into the pot (if you used a blender) and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Store in a sealed container in fridge for up to a week, or freeze for up to 1 month.


  • For a sweeter sauce, use purple beets. For a lighter, more neutral flavored sauce (with less pink stain), use golden beets.
  • It is possible to make this recipe using pre-cooked beets and carrots. However, the flavor will be muted, and the sauce will be much thicker, so you will need to use additional broth.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: sauces
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 c
  • Calories: 34
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 96.5 mg
  • Fat: 1.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.4 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: nomato sauce, dairy free sauce, tomato sauce alternative, anti-inflammatory sauce