Instant Pot No-Tomato Sauce {nightshade-free, AIP, GAPS, Paleo} #notomatosauce #aiptomatosauce #nightshadefree #nonightshades #instantpottomatosauce #instantpotaipdiet #instantpotgapsdiet #instantpotnotomatosauce

Instant Pot NO-Tomato Sauce {nightshade-free Nomato, AIP, GAPS, Paleo}

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This recipe makes a big batch of No-Tomato (aka nomato) Sauce, so you will have it on hand when you need it! I like to use some right away, and freeze some for next time. Do you know No-Tomato Sauce? It’s that gorgeous and crazy-delicious, tangy-sweet-savory “tomato sauce” without the tomatoes! Yes, it’s nightshade-free! That means … if you get symptoms of inflammation from eating tomatoes, you will now have a sauce to call your own.

The ingredients in this recipe are SO healthful and provide great fiber. Don’t you love that? — when a recipe that’s delicious is also health-giving?! This one is: Full of fresh ginger, tangy citrus, ever-good garlic and nutrient-dense herbs, you’ll be amazed how all of these ingredients come together — with beets, carrots and onions — to taste remarkably like the real thing, and possibly better.

Instant Pot

This recipe is for my own use, as well as yours. I make it in my Instant Pot because it’s SO easy. (Find the Instant Pot here.) I simply put the veggies in … unpeeled! And when they’re done, after a short cooking time, the peel rubs right off of the beets. The onions’ skins just fall off. There’s almost no work or prep in this recipe.

Paleo, AIP, GAPS

Whichever of these healing diets you’re on, this recipe is for you! AIP, (the Autoimmune Protocol diet), always excludes nightshades, and helps many to find relief as a result. While tomatoes are allowed on the GAPS Diet, I (and many others) found healing from arthritic symptoms when I eliminated tomatoes. Paleo, same thing: We’ve got to eliminate the foods that prevent our bodies from healing. If you’ve experimented, observed — and found — that tomatoes cause you aches and pains, here’s a sauce that triumphantly takes the place of an old favorite.

If you can’t have lemon or lime juice, I also offer a fruit/citrus-free alternative in the recipe below.

Use the Sauce

Use the sauce! 🙂 It can be used anywhere and everywhere you’d use tomato sauce, and I even like it cold — because it’s so zesty and good! Top zoodles, make a casserole, use it in soup … Make this big batch, and freeze some for next time.

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Need the stovetop directions instead? Find them here.


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Instant Pot No-Tomato Sauce {nightshade-free, AIP, GAPS, Paleo} #notomatosauce #aiptomatosauce #nightshadefree #nonightshades #instantpottomatosauce #instantpotaipdiet #instantpotgapsdiet #instantpotnotomatosauce
Instant Pot No-Tomato Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Servings: 5 cups
Author: Megan
  • 8 medium-size carrots, unpeeled
  • 2 small-medium-size beets, unpeeled
  • 2 small-medium-size onions unpeeled
  • 1-1/3 cups bone broth
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons lime or lemon juice or 1-2 drops lemongrass essential oil, if you are fruit-free or can't have citrus fruits
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger root grated, then measured
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Place carrots, beets and onions into Instant Pot insert. Add bone broth.
  2. Check that rubber ring is fitted inside Instant Pot lid. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the steam release valve is sealed. Press the “Manual” setting, and decrease the time until you reach 15 minutes.
  3. When the Instant Pot is done and beeps, press “Cancel.” Allow Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for 30 minutes. Place a dish towel over steam valve (or use oven mitt), and open it to release any remaining pressure. Remove lid and insert, so the pot's contents begin to cool.
  4. Using tongs, remove veggies to large plate to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, run beets under cool water, gently removing peel by rubbing it off. Slide skins off onions, composting/discarding peel.
  5. Cut beets and onions in half, or allow onions to fall apart in layers. Place all veggies in blender.
  6. Add warm broth, garlic, ginger, lime juice (or lemongrass), dried herbs and sea salt. Puree 30 seconds on medium-high speed. Stop part way through and scrape down the sides of blender jar, if needed. Then resume pureeing until smooth.
  7. The sauce is now ready to be used in any recipe!
Recipe Notes

Find my favorite lemongrass essential oil here.

Do you love your Instant Pot? Here’s the one I have.


Instant Pot No-Tomato Sauce {nightshade-free, AIP, GAPS, Paleo} #notomatosauce #aiptomatosauce #nightshadefree #nonightshades #instantpottomatosauce #instantpotaipdiet #instantpotgapsdiet #instantpotnotomatosauce

Comments 27

  1. First I looked at the photo… wait… how is this sauce get this fantastic color without tomatoes? Wow, carrots and beets! So creative !

  2. This is such a great idea. I’m not following AIP but I do feel like so many sauces I use in cooking are tomato-based, and I feel like they can get a bit intense. Going to try this!

  3. This is a gorgeous sauce and it looks so much like tomato sauce!!! With those ingredients I’m sure it tastes fantastic!!

    1. It’s crazy good. You can’t believe how the flavors come together the way they do. I hope you get to try the magic! 🙂

  4. LOVE this Megan! I was on an anti-histamine diet after my third baby was weaning a couple years back, and I MISSED tomatoes so much – I would have given anything to eat tomato sauce! This is a perfect alternative – and just because it is so full of veggie goodness I think I’ll have to try it anyway!

    1. Great, Renee! I’ve done a low-histamine diet before too, and it’s a hard diet. I agree with you; all the veggies in this make it so healthy and yummy either way. 🙂 Thank you!

  5. All of those beautiful beets! I bet this lovely sauce tastes amazing! It’s so perfect for those of us who have a harder time with tomatoes. Love this recipe Megan!

  6. Yum, yum, yum! Megan, is it necessary to peel the beets after cooking? Is there any reason why the peel wouldn’t just blend up with the rest of the sauce?

    1. No, there isn’t, Lindsey, ha! You just gave us one less step to do! I guess I was stuck in an old habit? 🙂 🙂 I’ll update the recipe!

  7. Oh wow! My son (who is nightshade plant free) and I made this a week ago, and we can’t get enough of it…on pizza, with zoodles, as a spread with crackers and salad toppings, with breakfast eggs and bacon…the flavor gets even better the longer its stored in the fridge. I just lightly sauté the sauce before using it, to tone down that incredible ginger and garlic flavor, and we have magic! Thanks so much for this recipe, we love it, a definite new family favorite!

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      Yay Elissa! Thanks so much for sharing! That’s how we feel about it, almost addictive for me. I’m so glad you love it, and I love and appreciate your feedback. Best wishes! 🙂

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