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Nomato Sauce (Tomato-Free Marinara Sauce)

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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 autoimmune diseases. But you know how it is, we Italians love our tomato sauce."
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57 m servings 160
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Combine kabocha squash, carrots, and beet in a food processor; pulse until coarsely grated.
  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat until sizzling. Add onion, garlic, and sage; cook and stir until onion is fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in grated kabocha squash mixture, capers, Italian herbs, and salt.
  3. Pour water into the saucepan. Cover and simmer sauce, adding more water if needed, until kabocha squash mixture is soft, about 30 minutes. Mash mixture with a fork to make sauce smoother.
  4. Stir lemon juice and basil into the sauce and let flavors combine, about 1 minute.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Substitute 2 tablespoons thinly sliced pitted green olives for the capers if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 160 calories; 4.5 32.1 3.8 0 252 Full nutrition

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This is a pretty good sauce whether you are looking for a replacement for tomato sauce or simply want something different. I added the capers and added spicy Italian green olives at the end alon...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I've been missing my spaghetti sauce and this looks like a super substitute. I couldn't find any kabocha squash right now so will make in the fall. So excit...