Tomato-Free Marinara Sauce (Beet & Pumpkin) (low-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo, low-fat, tomato-free, vegetarian, vegan)

Tomato-free marinara (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-fat, paleo, vegetarian, vegan) photo

Tomato-free marinara (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-fat, paleo, vegetarian, vegan)

Not eating tomatoes can be really difficult. Tomatoes are definitely not a low amine food. I miss them something terrible, but found a recipe (which I then tweaked almost beyond recognition) which made for a fantastic tomato sauce replacement / marinara substitute.

I tried this low-amine no-tomato marinara on pasta and on pizza and it worked well as a tomato-free pasta sauce, but not as well as a pizza sauce. Beets tend to get bitter when you overcook them, so cooking on the stovetop and then in the oven as a tomato-free pizza sauce just didn’t hit the mark.

For a tomato-free sauce that’s better for re-heating or cooking again, I have a second no-tomato (apple and onion tomato-free low-amine marinara) marinara substitute that will knock your socks off.

3 C onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 onion)

1/4 C chopped garlic, finely chopped (about 10 large cloves)

1/4 C safflower oil

4 tsp ascorbic acid

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar substitute

2 C beets (about 1 1/2 large beets)

2 1/2 C organic pumpkin puree (about 1 1/2 cans (15oz), or substitute with about 2 small sweet potatoes, baked)

2 1/2 C vegetable broth

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 C dried parsley

1/4 C dried basil

1/4 C Italian seasoning

1 Tbsp thyme

1 tsp marjoram

2 Tbsp oregano

1 Tbsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Ingredients for tomato-free marinara substitute getting started (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-fat, paleo, vegetarian, vegan) photo

Some ingredients for tomato-free marinara substitute (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-fat, paleo, vegetarian, vegan)

  • Wash and trim beets, cut into quarters, and boil until just tender.
  • Saute onion and garlic in oil until translucent. Add pumpkin puree.
  • Drain beets and chop finely. Add to pumpkin and onion mixture.
  • Add vegetable broth. Combine all ingredients in a high-walled pot and use an immersion blender to puree.

Tomato-free marinara being pureed (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-fat, paleo, vegetarian, vegan) photo

Tomato-free marinara being pureed (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-fat, paleo, vegetarian, vegan)

  • Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Bring mixture to a medium temperature slowly, stirring often. Remove from heat and cover with lid. Allow to rest for five minutes.
  • Adjust seasonings as necessary.
  • Reheat gently and as little as possible to maintain flavor.
  • Serve over pasta or vegetables (or both) of choice. I prefer to roast my chopped vegetables (1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash, 8 quartered brussels sprouts, 2 small carrots) in a little oil (1 Tbsp), Italian seasoning (1 Tbsp), salt (to taste), and balsamic vinegar substitute (2 Tbsp) at 400 degrees for 30 minutes while making the sauce.

Tomato-free marinara (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-fat, paleo, vegetarian, vegan) photo

Tomato-free marinara (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-fat, paleo, vegetarian, vegan)

AMINE BREAKDOWN:Very Low Amine: onion, garlic, ascorbic acid, safflower oil, beets, sweet potato, salt, pepper, garlic, basil, parsley, Italian seasoning, marjoram, thyme, oregano, cornstarchLow Amine: balsamic vinegar substitute, sugar, vegetable brothHigh Amine: pumpkinVery High Amine: red pepper flakes

 

on September 20, 2011 at 7:15 am  Comments (10)
Tags: low amine marinara, low amine tomato sauce, marinara replacement, Marinara sauce, marinara substitute, no tomato, Tomato, tomato-free

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: /2011/09/20/no-tomato-marinara-2/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.