Video/Recipe: The No Tomato Sauce (SCD/GAPS)

Un Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes are ripening in the southern and eastern part of the country and it brings to mind a craving for some rich, flavorful sauce. However, many people cannot tolerate tomatoes for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is because it is part of the nightshade group of vegetables. This group is composed of tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and peppers and contains a chemical called solanine which may cause painful reactions in susceptible individuals.

Solanine is actually a poison that is found, mostly in potatoes, but also in tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, and any other compounds derived from this group such as chili peppers. It can drive inflammation and adversely affect someone who has arthritis or other inflammatory disorders and who is sensitive to it. For some people, staying away from any source of solanine helps them avoid painful, inflammatory flareups.

Having an immediate IgE allergy to tomato another reason to shun it. Some people are also sensitive to the acid in tomatoes. But if you suffer from any sensitivity to tomatoes you don’t have to be deprived! This recipe is amazingly like tomato sauce in flavor and texture and will satisfy the sensitive tomato lover.

The No Tomato Sauce


  • 2 1/2 cups carrots well steamed
  • 1/3 cup beets steamed or roasted
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion (1 medium sized onion) sauteed in olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic sauteed in olive oil briefly just to bring up the flavor
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (more or less to taste) (where to get sea salt)
  • 1 teaspoon basil (more or less to taste)
  • Other spices you like in your sauce like oregano
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)


  • Steam the carrots and beets until tender (or roast)
  • Brown the onions and briefly at the end, the garlic with olive oil
  • In a blender mix the carrots, onions, garlic and water (and lemon juice if you are using it)
  • Add the beets carefully as you do not want too much, just enough to have the rich red color of tomato sauce
  • Blend until it is very smooth
  • Add the spices and blend
  • Taste and add more spices if need be, or beets for color (small amounts at a time)
  • Refrigerate
  • This recipe tastes better after one day
  • Make a double batch and freeze some for later use

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  • Alison July 11, 2011, 7:42 am

    Thanks again for another great alternative! Wondering if you could use chicken stock instead of water and make it taste a little richer? I’m excited to try this on some spaghetti squash!

    • Jill July 11, 2011, 7:58 am

      Hi Alison,
      Hmmm, the chicken stock instead of water idea is great! Why didn’t I think of that! LOL. I bet it would taste good and add so much. Next time I will try it that way.

  • Genevieve July 11, 2011, 10:51 am

    This is awesome! I was just telling my husband last night that my little nursling doesn’t seem to be handling tomatoes in my diet, thank you for the alternative :)

    • Jill July 11, 2011, 11:58 am

      Hi Genevieve,
      So smart of you to notice that in your nursing child. This is a great alternative!

    • Kirsten December 21, 2011, 5:31 pm

      Very interesting! When I was a baby, I would break out in a terrible diaper rash when my mom ate tomatoes… She instinctively knew to stay away from them because of that, though not knowing it was an allergy on my part to nightshades… I must have outgrown it because I have no such response now! My dad was a heavy smoker too… wonder if that was a factor. Hmmm, I never cease to learn!!! :D

  • Rebecca July 11, 2011, 11:23 am

    Jill, this looks amazing! I am forwarding it on to a friend who eats no nightshades. Thanks!

    • Jill July 11, 2011, 11:59 am

      Hi Rebecca,
      Thanks for your support!

  • Janet Bennett July 11, 2011, 12:20 pm

    Please, please add tobacco to the nightshade group! My sister developed rheumatoid arthritis in her teens. Her mobility became worse and worse through the years and additionally she found that she got fuzzy-minded and ultimately spoke with slurred speech if at all when she was in meetings. She had to tell her secretary to keep an eye on her and get her outside if she started looking strange. When she was in her sixties or so she began to notice that her symptoms seemed to be lessening. It didn’t take long for her to make the connection with the developing trend toward smoke-free public buildings (she was the state librarian in two states for many years). Unfortunately the many years of response to tobacco smoke – from father, grandfather, visiting smoker/poker-playing cousins, husband – she needed both hips replaced, but that was the end of it. I too have had lots of problems from tobacco (same family sources) though fortunately escaped at least the young onset of arthritis. We both have had to carry homeopathic anti-tobacco remedies when traveling, since no-smoking claims in hotels are misguided and ineffective. Partly this is because they don’t understand that tobacco smoke persists in pillows, bedspreads, drapes, and that tobacco-sensitivity doesn’t simply mean we don’t like the smell and that air-fresheners will do the trick. Those of course may only pile on another level of toxic exposure. Anyway – remember tobacco!! Two side comments: My sister always noticed escalating aches when driving past tobacco farms on her way to North Carolina beaches. And I’ve always wondered about a familiar smell when I open a can of tomato paste – until I realized that it smelled like tobacco!

    • Jill July 11, 2011, 1:51 pm

      Hi Janet,
      Yes. Tobacco is certainly part of the nightshade group and can cause serious problems for those sensitive. Since this post is really just a recipe, I didn’t want to make it too long with additional information, but thank you so much for sharing your experience! I plan to write a more comprehensive post about the nightshades in the future.

  • Victoria July 11, 2011, 1:09 pm

    What a wonderful recipe to have on hand, Jill! I am so thankful for all of your GAPS-friendly info.

    I loved the chicken stock-replacing-water idea, and am also wondering if we could replace it with coconut water? The coconut water would add sweetness, so I’m not sure how that would work. Any thoughts on that?

    Thank you for all your wonderful posts and videos, Jill! :)

    • Jill July 11, 2011, 1:52 pm

      Hi Victoria,
      I think the chicken stock is great, but the coconut water? Hmmm, I don’t think the flavors would meld well and I’m not sure cooking the water is a good idea. I’m not sure if it is traditionally cooked. But I guess you can try it.

      • Victoria July 11, 2011, 2:02 pm

        I hadn’t thought about “cooking” with the sauce after making it! Good point.


  • jami July 11, 2011, 6:14 pm

    Wow! This looks so yummy, can’t wait to try it. Beets are one my favorite things to sneak into meals with my family because they all claim to hate beets. I have a great recipe for chocolate cake that uses beets and its always a knockout. I’ll have to serve up this sauce for dinner and beet cake for dessert!

    • Jill July 12, 2011, 6:42 am

      Hi Jami,
      I’ve seen recipes from brownies with beets and they look good! I love responses like the one you got on the cholesterol article — I love to respond to them…

      • jami July 13, 2011, 9:16 am

        Thanks again for your input on how to respond to my friend who thought the cholesterol article was “radical and socially irresponsible.” You hit the nail on the head about him being invested in the medical community already. I do like that it seemed to strike such a chord in him though, and maybe it will lead him to do a little independent thinking and research of his own.

        • Jill July 13, 2011, 11:21 am

          Hi Jami,
          Thank you for bringing it to my attention. The medical community loves to cite “studies” but forget that most studies are funded by pharmaceutical companies and therefore are subject to biase and fraud.

  • Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking July 11, 2011, 10:25 pm

    Wow what a great alternative!! It really looks like a wonderful recipe.

  • Raj @ Flip Cookbook July 12, 2011, 12:52 am

    What a great idea! Really quite brilliant actually. So far I’ve been lucky enough to not have any problems with tomatoes.. but I like the look of this sauce and might give it a shot anyhow since most sauces in the store contain sugar and the one I make at home always looks a little funny.

    Thanks for the share at this week’s Sugar Free Sunday. See you next week!

    • Jill July 12, 2011, 6:42 am

      Hi Raj,
      This is a great sauce even if you eat tomatoes!

  • Living So Abundantly July 13, 2011, 7:05 am

    What an informative post! I learned something new today, and it’s only 7 in the morning! I do have friends who have issues when eating red sauce, and now I’ll know a recipe to point them to. Thank you so much!

    • Jill July 13, 2011, 7:42 am

      Thanks so much for your comments and for sharing this post!

  • Melissa @ Dyno-mom July 13, 2011, 12:55 pm

    You are now my daughter’s best friend! She has a tomato allergy and does poorly with high acid foods in general. But she loves lasagna which we cut out of the diet for the whole family for her sake leaving some very disappointed siblings. I am on this like brown on rice!

    • Jill July 13, 2011, 2:44 pm

      Hi Melissa,
      Great! Let me know how she likes it!

  • Linda July 13, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Jill, this is very creative and worth a try even if one doesn’t have to avoid tomatoes! It looks terrific.

    • Jill July 13, 2011, 2:44 pm

      Thanks Linda!

  • Mary Hudak-Collins July 13, 2011, 6:03 pm

    We were told that our daughter had a low allergy to tomatoes and if she could tolerate them, then to let her have tomato based foods in moderation. This would be a wonderful alternative to try out. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Jill July 13, 2011, 6:37 pm

      Hi Mary,
      I think she will really like this alternative.

  • Lark July 13, 2011, 7:07 pm

    How clever are you! Thanks so much for linking up to
    “Made it on Monday”

  • Libby July 14, 2011, 8:28 am

    Thanks so much for this! My MIL, who cannot tolerate tomatoes, is visiting next month, and you may have just saved the day!

  • Penniless Parenting July 14, 2011, 2:41 pm

    I noticed my son is sensitive to tomatoes, but he loves it so much that its hard for me to say no to him, and then he ends up with a rash. I wonder if this will do the trick. What does it taste like? Can you trick someone into thinking it is tomatoes, or is it different but still yummy?

    • Jill July 14, 2011, 4:12 pm

      I would definitely try it — on meatballs, or meat sauce it’s great and tastes just like tomato sauce!

  • Barbara Goodman July 14, 2011, 7:44 pm

    I watched all your videos and it was like having a visit with you; I am impressed with your diligence and delicious, healthy recipes.

    • Jill July 14, 2011, 9:13 pm

      Hi Barbara,
      I wish we could really visit! Thanks for your comments!

  • Miranda July 15, 2011, 10:52 am

    It looks like the perfect red tomato sauce (only it’s not!). Thanks for sharing with Fat Camp Friday. See you next week!

  • Rhoni July 15, 2011, 11:34 am

    Okay – I just stumbled upon this recipe from Food Renegade’s fight back Friday – I have yet to try it – but can’t wait!!! I’m just realizing how much the nightshade family bothers me and I can’t stand it! I love chili! I can’t wait to make this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will definitely add your blog to my google reader. :)

    • Jill July 15, 2011, 7:08 pm

      Hi Rhoni,
      Thanks for your support! Let me know how you like it!

  • Miz Helen July 16, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Hi Jill,
    Your video is great and it is a very good recipe for all those folks who can’t enjoy the tomato and all its goodness. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  • Heather @girlichef July 16, 2011, 7:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post, what a great alternative for those with sensitivities.

  • Sheryl July 19, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes.
    I hope to see you there!

  • christy July 23, 2011, 12:01 pm

    not only is this gorgeous…it is so smart! i am not intolerant to tomatoes, but i love this recipe and will definitely give it a try. i am also thinking that cooking this down a bit and making it extremely concentrated, would make a wonderful soup base…particularly for lentil soup. oh the possibilities are endless! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

    • Jill July 23, 2011, 12:59 pm

      Hi Christy,
      Thanks for your kind words. Great ideas for cooking down for a soup base!

  • Raquel February 2, 2012, 12:50 pm

    Hi Jill, do you kow anything about histamine allergies? I googled it and found out that some of the foods that I am allergic to stimulate the release of histamine such as tomato, strawberry, pineapple, shellfish and egg white. These foods showed up on my allergic prick test among others. I am doing GAPS to try and heal my allergies. When I eat strawberries, tomatoes or shrimp I get an itchy red bump on my face and/or neck that usually goes away in the next day or two.

    • Raquel February 2, 2012, 12:57 pm

      Add to the list of high histamine foods: beer and brewer’s yeast which I am allergic to as well!

  • Baby Bell February 21, 2013, 5:31 pm


    Haven’t tried the recipe but will probably make it this weekend. Jill — Have you ever made a large batch a canned it? Also have you (or anyone) tried this as base in soup? You know recipes that might used canned tomatoes?

    Thanks for posting — my DH is very sensitive to nightshades.

    • Jill February 21, 2013, 7:12 pm

      @Baby Bell,
      I usually double the recipe and get about a quart. I divide it into 4 small containers and freeze. I have not tried to can it.

      As far as a soup goes — that is a good idea that I have not yet tried. I would use chicken stock as a base and add the sauce. I bet that would be really good!

  • Angela July 31, 2013, 1:04 pm

    This is so great! Thank you so much for posting. I have been missing ketchup, so I’m going to try to make some using this as the sauce. Thanks!!!

  • Kate March 1, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! I have starting following the AIP protocol and miss tomatoes very much. I just made a double batch of this and it is fabulous! Will definitely be going into my monthly cooking. THANK YOU!! -K

    • Jill March 2, 2014, 2:59 pm

      Hi Kate,
      I’m so glad you like it!

  • Rachel May 24, 2014, 1:18 pm

    This recipe looks awesome! My son can’t have tomatoes, but he can’t have carrots either

  • Rachel May 24, 2014, 1:23 pm

    For some reason part of my comment got cut off… Would there be any alternatives to carrots in this recipe? Thank you!

    • Jill May 24, 2014, 6:41 pm

      Hi Rachel,
      You could try butternut squash instead of the carrots. Let me know how that works out!

      • Rachel June 4, 2014, 7:03 pm

        It worked! Thank you SO much! The color is a little bit off compared to yours, but he is thrilled to be able to have “tomato” sauce again! I’m thinking the color has to do with the squash not being as orange as the carrots maybe? This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for him

        • Jill June 4, 2014, 8:46 pm

          Hi Rachel,
          Thanks so much for letting me know! I am so happy for you and your son! I’m sure it tastes great!

  • Audry Godwyn May 25, 2015, 10:51 pm

    This looks wonderful! I saw your comment that you make a sauce like my salsa, so I went looking for it :)

    This is AMAZING, I’m going to use it with my paleo pizza crust!

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