Nightshade-free Marinara Sauce
I am so excited to share this nightshade-free marinara sauce recipe with you guys. I still cannot believe how something can taste so much like tomato sauce without any tomato in it. This recipe is for anyone who cannot tolerate tomatoes for whatever reason. Tomatoes are part of the nightshade vegetable family, and many of us with autoimmune diseases have trouble with these veggies. I was really bummed out when I had to give up tomatoes awhile back, especially because tomato sauce is just so abundant in so many recipes. But even if you don’t have any issues with tomatoes, give this recipe a try because it is packed with nutrients.
I have never tried this recipe without using all of the ingredients in the exact measurements, so I wouldn’t initially experiment with it. All of the ingredients are responsible to create the specific flavor. My husband was actually the one who inspired me to try my luck with a nightshade-free marinara sauce. He is very experimental in the kitchen, and one day he made a dish for us and the taste reminded me so much of tomato. I still have to convince him to write down the recipe for us :). He used blackstrap molasses and coconut aminos to create that flavor. This sparked my curiosity to try my luck with a nightshade-free marina sauce.
In case you wonder what coconut aminos are, they are the perfect soy sauce substitute for anyone who is avoiding soy. The sauce is made from the fermented sap of coconut palm and you can find it in most health food stores. I started using coconut aminos a lot in my recipes lately and I highly recommend getting a bottle for your pantry. A little goes a long way, and can really spice up your recipes.
This nightshade-free marinara sauce recipe is quite easy to make. You can either store it in your fridge for a couple of days or freeze it. Personally I love to double up the recipe and freeze a few jars to have quick access to this delicious sauce. My favorite way to enjoy this sauce is as the base of a bolognese sauce on top of a baked sweet potato. My husband’s favorite way is with pasta.
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