5 Of The Best AIP Nomato Sauce Recipes

nomato sauce round up AIP ireland

Feeding a family of 4, bolognese, pizza, chicken parmesan were regulars on our dinner table. Turning paleo/AIP, doesn’t mean this has to change. Welcome tomato free tomato sauce aka ‘nomato sauce’. (I love the name, if I knew who coined this I’d give them a sticker!)

There are loads of AIP nomato sauce recipes, all claiming to be the best, so here’s a round-up of 5 of the best I’ve seen.


Comfort Bites


He Wont Know its Paleo


A Clean Plate


A Squirrel in the Kitchen


Shockingly Delicious


Basically they all use the same type of base, a combination of onion with orange veg (carrot/squash/pumpkin) and purple veg (beetroot) to create a red coloured sauce. Garlic, celery and broth usually finish the base ingredients. Then things start to get interesting with variations including a glass of wine, vinegar (0 – 4 tbsp), herbs (½ tsp – 7 tbsp), and some salty things (pinch – 1 tbsp salt/ capers/ olives/ bacon).



Carrots Beetroot Onion Garlic Celery Broth Herbs Wine Vinegar Salty
Comfort Bites 6 3 1 3 3 500ml ½ tsp 150ml no no
He wont know its paleo 6 1 1 4 no 200ml ½ cup no 1 tsp 3 slices bacon
A clean plate 16 2 4 no no 400ml 7 tbsp no no 1 tbsp salt
A Squirrel in the kitchen Squash 2 no no no no 2 tsp no 1 ½ tsp 1 tsp
Shockingly Delicious 6 + 1 pumpkin 1 1 5 no water ½ tsp no 4 tbsp no


In ketchup versions, cinnamon and cloves also make an appearance, alongside maple syrup / honey.

For me, tomato sauce is full of herbs and has an acidic kick, so that’s what I’ve included in this recipe; I’m heavy on the herbs and heavy on the vinegar, then I add some cinnamon (~1/2 t), don’t know why, but just like the ketchups, it works!


If I’m making this for AIP bolognese, I add bacon to the steak mince.

If this for AIP pizza, I add salt (olives/capers).


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AIP Nomato Sauce
AIP no-mato sauce
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
AIP no-mato sauce
  1. In a heavy based saucepan, over a medium heat, fry together the oil, onion, celery, garlic until soft.
  2. Add in the carrots, beetroot, herbs, cinnamon and stock. Simmer until the vegetable are soft (approx. 20mins).
  3. Leave to cool, before processing/blending to smooth.
  4. Transfer back into the saucepan and add the vinegar and capers (optional) to taste.
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