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jar with red tomato sauce made with nightshade free vegetables and topped with herbs

Legit Nomato Sauce (AIP, Whole30)

  • Author: Cristina Curp, FNTP
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: AIP
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This simple tomato-free tomato sauce is perfect for any recipe for those with nightshade allergies. 



  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Italian Herb blend (AIP compliant)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 beet, peeled, trimmed, and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup bone broth or water 
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce


  1. Heat your pressure cooker (or Dutch oven) on saute mode. When it comes to temperature drizzle in the olive oil. 
  2. Add in the diced onion, celery, and carrots. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Mix in the salt, garlic powder, and herbs. 
  3. Continue to saute until aromatic, then deglaze the pot with the lemon juice and vinegar, scraping the bottom of the pot. Add in the beets and sweet potato. 
  4. Mix in the broth (or water) and fish sauce, Close the lid and set to pressure cook on medium heat for 8 minutes. If you’re making it stovetop, cover and bring to a simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. 
  5. Once done, open the lid, and transfer everything, CAREFULLY, to a blender. 
  6. Puree until totally smooth and bright red! Taste and add more salt if you like or a little more lemon for more tang or more fish sauce for umami! See post for BBQ sauce, Ketchup, and Marinara modifications. 

Recipe Notes:

  • You can replace fish sauce with 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast. 
  • You can omit the sweet potato but not the beet (replace the sweet potato with more carrots). 
  • You can use all ACV or all lemon juice depending on needs or preferences. 
  • There are NO added sugars in the recipe, it is WHOLE30 compliant. The sugar in the nutritional information is the natural sugars in the vegetables. 


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 86
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 3f
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: AIP Nomato Sauce