Delightful Nomato Sauce Recipe for a Satisfying Meal

Welcome to my recipe article for Nomato Sauce made in the Instant Pot! If you’re looking for a delicious, nightshade-free alternative to classic tomato sauce, this recipe is for you. This sauce is perfect for anyone following an AIP or Paleo diet, as well as those with food allergies or sensitivities.

But first, you may be wondering, what is Nomato Sauce? Well, it’s a sauce made without tomatoes and using a combination of different vegetables such as beets, butternut squash, and pumpkin puree. This recipe is an AIP-compliant variation that includes fish sauce for added flavor.

I personally love this recipe because it’s easy to make in the Instant Pot and provides a fresh and delicious spin on a classic pasta sauce. Plus, it’s extremely versatile and can be used as a pizza sauce or even as a ketchup alternative.

So put on your apron and let’s get cooking – I promise this Nomato Sauce will become a household favorite in no time!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

NOMATO SAUCE in the Instant Pot; AIP Paleo
NOMATO SAUCE in the Instant Pot; AIP Paleo

Have you been hesitant about eating tomato-based sauces due to their nightshade content? Or maybe you’re following an autoimmune protocol (AIP) or Paleo diet, which recommends avoiding nightshades like tomatoes. Either way, I have just the recipe for you – Nomato Sauce in the Instant Pot.

This sauce is made without tomatoes but still possesses the traditional flavor of a classic marinara sauce. Made with beets, butternut squash, onions, and garlic, this sauce is AIP compliant and free from nightshades. Not only is it healthy and delicious, but it also caters to multiple dietary restrictions.

Using Instant Pot, this recipe is easy to make, and the result is a flavorful sauce that can be used as a pasta sauce or pizza sauce. It’s time to say goodbye to feeling limited by food restrictions and hello to a legit Nomato Sauce that is whole30 approved and AIP vegan-friendly. Trust me; you’ll love this sauce no matter what dietary needs or preferences you have!

Ingredient List

 A rainbow of vibrant vegetables going into the Instant Pot for the NOMATO sauce
A rainbow of vibrant vegetables going into the Instant Pot for the NOMATO sauce

(3) Ingredient List

Gather up the following ingredients and let’s get started on making this delicious Nomato Sauce in your Instant Pot.

  • 2 medium-sized beets, unpeeled
  • 2 small to medium-sized butternut squash, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • Water, broth or apple cider vinegar to thin or tweak the texture as per requirement

These ingredients are essential in creating an AIP Paleo, nightshade-free marinara sauce that will excite your taste buds.

The Recipe How-To

 The instant pot allows for a hands-free approach to cooking the NOMATO sauce
The instant pot allows for a hands-free approach to cooking the NOMATO sauce

Once you have your ingredients ready, let’s get cooking!

Step 1: Prepare Your Veggies

First, take 2 small to medium-sized beets and peel them. Then chop them into small cubes.

Next, dice 2 small onions and mince 4 garlic cloves.

Step 2: Sauté Onion and Garlic

Turn on your Instant Pot to the sauté function. Once heated, pour in 2 Tbsp of olive oil and add in your diced onion and minced garlic cloves. Saute until fragrant, which should take about 2 minutes.

Step 3: Add in Beets, Pumpkin Puree, Herbs, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Broth

After the onion and garlic are fragrant, add in the cubed beets and 1 cup of pumpkin puree. Mix well.

Add in 1 bay leaf, ½ tsp dried thyme, ½ tsp of dried rosemary, ½ tsp of dried oregano, ½ tsp of dried basil, along with 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth, and a pinch of black pepper and sea salt. Give it all a good stir.

Step 4: Pressure Cook for 20 Minutes

Put on the Instant Pot lid and pressure cook sauce for 20 minutes by selecting the manual or pressure cook mode.

Once done cooking, let the Instant Pot naturally release its pressure for at least 10 minutes before carefully releasing any leftover pressure.

Step 5: Blend Sauce

Take out the bay leaf before blending your NOMATO sauce with an immersion blender directly in your Instant Pot or transfer to a blender/juicer to blend until smooth.

Step 6: Cool Down Sauce and Enjoy!

Allowing to cool down a bit before serving is recommended.

That’s it! Your nightshade-free NOMATO sauce is ready to be enjoyed in any dish you would typically use tomato sauce. You can even make a delicious ketchup that is AIP compliant.

Now that you know how to create this delectable sauce, options for substitutions and variations are discussed in the next section.

Substitutions and Variations

 Blending the cooked vegetables with spices to create a flavorful and healthy NOMATO sauce
Blending the cooked vegetables with spices to create a flavorful and healthy NOMATO sauce

While this recipe is perfect as is, you can always switch it up depending on your preferences or dietary restrictions. First off, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can easily make this recipe on the stove. Simply add all the ingredients into a pot and let it simmer for 1-2 hours until everything is tender.

If you’re not a fan of beets, you can swap them out for butternut squash or pumpkin puree for a similar consistency and taste. You can also adjust the seasoning to suit your needs. Want more heat? Add some black pepper or red pepper flakes. Don’t like things too spicy? Skip the pepper and focus on adding more dried herbs such as basil or thyme.

To make this sauce AIP compliant, ensure that your broth and fish sauce are AIP-friendly. Additionally, make sure to use garlic and onion substitutes such as garlic-infused oil and finely chopped leeks.

For a sweeter flavor, instead of honey, substitute with maple syrup or agave nectar. And if you’re looking to reduce your sugar intake even further, simply omit it altogether.

This nomato sauce is versatile enough to use for a variety of dishes. Use it as a pasta sauce, pizza sauce, or even as a dipping sauce for your favorite snacks. It’s also great as a ketchup alternative for fries, burgers or hotdogs.

No matter how you choose to customize this recipe, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone at the table!

Serving and Pairing

 AIP-approved NOMATO sauce satisfies all the colorful cravings of a classic tomato sauce
AIP-approved NOMATO sauce satisfies all the colorful cravings of a classic tomato sauce

Once the nomato sauce is ready, you can use it in many ways. It is a versatile sauce that will add flavor to your meatballs, chicken, and grilled vegetables. It also makes a great pasta sauce or pizza sauce. It is perfect for those who follow an AIP paleo diet or have allergies to nightshade vegetables. This sauce will make your taste buds dance with joy.

To serve the nomato sauce, ladle it over cooked spaghetti squash, zoodles or any other vegetable noodles for a guilt-free meal. You can also serve it as a dip for carrot sticks, celery, jicama, and cucumbers. The sweetness from the beets and honey mixed with apple cider vinegar creates a delicious tangy flavor that pairs well with any roasted or grilled dish.

For those who love Mexican dishes, this sauce will add the perfect touch to your tacos and burrito bowls. Serve it as a side dish with your grilled shrimp or fish. Trust me; it will make your meal more exciting and bring flavors together.

As for pairing, the possibilities are endless! For a low-carb option pair with roasted cauliflower rice or grilled asparagus. For a hearty meal, pair it with mashed sweet potatoes or roasted butternut squash. To balance out the savory taste of roasted coleslaw or any other crunchy veggies on the side paired with nomato sauce.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices and herbs if you want to customize the taste of the nomato sauce according to your preference. Add more garlic if you want extra flavor or increase the heat by adding some cayenne pepper.

Get creative and enjoy this flavorful nomato sauce recipe in any way you like.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Watching the NOMATO sauce come together is like creating a work of art
Watching the NOMATO sauce come together is like creating a work of art

Once you’ve made this delicious Nomato Sauce in the Instant Pot, you’ll likely want to know how to make it last for multiple meals. Fortunately, this sauce is easy to store and reheat, making it perfect for busy weeknight dinners or meal prep.

To make ahead of time, simply prepare the Nomato sauce per the recipe instructions and let cool completely. Once cooled, transfer the sauce into a glass container with an airtight lid and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

When it comes time to reheat the sauce, you can do so on the stovetop by adding the desired amount of sauce into a pot over low heat while stirring frequently to prevent scorching. If reheating from frozen, move the frozen Nomato Sauce from the freezer to the refrigerator overnight, then gently reheat on low heat until heated through.

I have found that Nomato Sauce is a great base for many recipes and it can be used wherever tomato sauce or marinara is required. You can use this sauce as a dipping sauce for your favorite appetizers or add your choice of protein such as beef, chicken or shrimp while it cooks together. This savory-sweet sauce is also perfect over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or regular pasta if you’re not following a strict AIP diet.

Overall, this recipe is incredibly versatile and convenient! Adding it as one of your staple sauces means that you’ll always have a healthy option available when cooking.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Knowing the ingredients in the sauce makes it taste even better on your plate
Knowing the ingredients in the sauce makes it taste even better on your plate

Making nomato sauce in the Instant Pot might appear to be an easy task, but there are a few tips that I can share with you to ensure perfect results. Regardless if you’re making this recipe for the first time or if you’re a seasoned cook, these tips will guarantee that your nomato sauce turns out delicious every time.

The first and most important tip is to use fresh ingredients whenever possible. Fresh beets, onion, and garlic cloves are key components of this recipe, and they will significantly impact the flavor of your sauce. Additionally, using high-quality olive oil and broth will enhance the complexity of your nomato sauce even more.

It is essential to make sure that all ingredients are cooked thoroughly before adding them to the Instant Pot. The pressure cooker will not cook undercooked ingredients well enough to become a beautiful nomato sauce. To prevent this from happening and to ensure that all greens are properly cooked, dice the onion and cut the beet into small pieces.

Also, it is crucial to note that consistency is everything when it comes to nomato sauce texture. Having too much water or too little olive oil could negatively impact your end product. I would recommend erring on the side of less liquid when beginning to cook since you can always add more as needed later on.

To help achieve the best consistency, allow your cooked nomato vegetables and remaining ingredients such as pumpkin puree and water to blend together thoroughly in a large food processor until desired smoothness is reached.

Finally, test and adjust for seasoning once blending is complete – adding sea salt for taste and honey for a touch of sweetness. For flavor enhancements further, try using dried thyme, dried rosemary or dried basil & oregano-spices known for versatility inside many dishes!


Now that you have all the information to make this delicious Nomato Sauce in the Instant Pot, it’s important to address any lingering questions or concerns about the recipe. In this FAQ section, I will provide answers and additional tips to ensure your success with this nightshade-free alternative to tomato sauce. Keep reading to learn more!

What is nomato sauce made of?

This tomato-free sauce, known as Nomato®, is crafted from a blend of savory root veggies and spices. Enjoy the flavorful sauce without the worry of soy, dairy, wheat, gluten, nuts or, naturally, tomatoes! You can purchase Nomato® from various stores or opt for a convenient mail order option.

Is fish sauce AIP compliant?

In this recipe, the main ingredient that brings a unique flavor to the dish is the Red Boat Fish Sauce. With only two simple ingredients, this AIP-friendly sauce is sure to elevate the taste of the dish. Along with coconut aminos and olive oil, the sauce is infused with the flavors of onions, garlic, and fresh ginger.

What can I substitute for tomato sauce for acid reflux?

You might want to stay away from tomato sauce if you are prone to heartburn as tomatoes are acidic in nature. However, you can satisfy your pasta cravings by opting for other sauces like pesto, which is made with basil, or using olive oil combined with parsley and oregano. These alternatives are delicious and won’t cause discomfort.

What can I use instead of nightshade allergy tomato?

When looking to create a paste-like consistency with chopped tomatoes in a recipe, it can be useful to treat them similarly to tomato paste. Luckily, there are several substitutes that work just as well, including canned pumpkin puree, butternut squash puree, and sweet potato puree.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Nomato Sauce recipe is a great addition to your repertoire. Whether you’re following the AIP Paleo diet, avoiding nightshade vegetables, or just looking for a delicious and nutritious sauce, this recipe is a must-try. With its combination of beets, butternut squash, and other herbs and spices, it’s a flavorful alternative to traditional tomato sauce.

By using an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, this recipe is easy to make and perfect for busy people who still want to eat healthy. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be used in pasta dishes, as a pizza sauce or even as a dip for veggies.

I highly recommend trying out this Nomato Sauce recipe and experimenting with different variations until you find the perfect one for you. Not only will it satisfy your taste buds, but it will also contribute to your overall health and well-being. So go ahead and give it a try – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

NOMATO SAUCE in the Instant Pot; AIP Paleo

NOMATO SAUCE in the Instant Pot; AIP Paleo Recipe

No tomatoes! Use as a tomato sauce substitute, or enjoy this wonderful sauce for its own sake. This recipe uses butternut squash and beets, along with classic Italian seasoning--made fast and easy in an Instant Pot multifunction pressure cooker. I adapted this recipe for the IP, and for the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) version of the Paleo diet. It is based on the "Macro Red" sauce recipe found in the "Passionate Vegetarian" cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon. Nutritious, delicious--try it!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 6 cups
Calories 132.2 kcal


  • 1 medium butternut squash, cut into chunks
  • 2 small beets, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 -2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 -2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 -2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2-2 cups bone broth (or stock)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 -3 teaspoons sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional)


  • Peel, seed, and cut the butternut squash into 1 1/2 to 2-inch chunks. I use a vegetable peeler to remove the hard outer peel.
  • Peel and chunk the beets.
  • Place 1 cup water in the Instant Pot (IP) then add the butternut squash and beets. Close the lid, turn the vent knob to Sealing, press Manual, and cook at High Pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, using a food processor, chop the onion. Remove and set aside. Clean and wipe out work bowl.
  • Press or mince the garlic, and set aside.
  • Into a small bowl, measure out the basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme, crushing between fingertips. Add the bay leaf.
  • When the butternut squash and beets are done, press Cancel. You can Quick Release the pressure, or allow it to Natural Release. Remove the cooked vegetable chunks, drain and place in food processor. Pulse a few times, then process until it forms a fairly smooth puree.
  • Clean and dry the IP's silver inner pot, and replace it in the IP. Select Sauté, and wait until the IP reads Hot.
  • Add olive oil, and when hot, add the onions and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and stir for another minute, then hit Cancel to turn off the Sauté function.
  • Add bone broth (or stock) and the butternut squash and beet puree to the IP and stir to combine.
  • Add the herbs, vinegar, and honey. Add salt and black pepper (omit black pepper for AIP). Stir to combine.
  • Select Sauté, then press Adjust to change the setting to Low. Continue to stir as the sauce comes to a simmer.
  • Correct the seasonings, adding more vinegar, honey, or salt to taste. Add more broth for a thinner consistency, if desired. Let the sauce simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Hit Cancel.
  • The sauce is ready to enjoy as a substitute for tomato sauce, or as a puree soup!
  • Freeze extra sauce in 1/2-cup portions for convenient storage: I have extra large silicone ice cube trays I use to freeze sauces and broth. Once frozen, I transfer the cubes to a Ziploc freezer storage bag.

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Serving: 1668gCalories: 132.2kcalCarbohydrates: 28.1gProtein: 2.7gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 951.2mgFiber: 4.6gSugar: 7.9g
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