Dr. Katy's Tomato-Free Pasta Sauce
Many of you know, our Wellness Roots staff recently had our blood drawn and tested for food allergies. Dr. Katy found out she was allergic to tomatoes. Her first reaction was, "Well that's easy, I don't care for tomatoes anyway." Then she realized that some of her favorite foods contained tomatoes, particularly tomato based sauces.
What to do next?
Finding out you have an inflammatory response to some of your favorite foods can be overwhelming! What is important is that you look for tasty alternatives, full of flavor! Dr. Katy did just that, with this tomato alternative recipe, and now we all love it!
Tomato Free Pasta Sauce
1 chopped onion 4 chopped garlic cloves 1 cup of carrots (cut into 1/2 inch pieces) 2 medium sweet potatoes cubed (about 4 cups) 3 tbsp of water 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar Salt to taste 1 roasted red pepper 1/3 cup oil of choice 1 (8-ounce) can beets (if allergic, use 2 extra sweet potatoes) 1 tbsp of tapioca or arrowroot starch or corn starch Directions: 1. In a large stock pot, saute the onion and garlic in a little oil until just starting to brown. 2. Add the carrots, diced sweet potatoes, water, balsamic vinegar, salt then cover (barely) with water. 3. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer (covered) for 20-30 minutes until the carrots and sweet potatoes are very soft. Add the roasted red pepper.
4. Blend the contents of the pot until smooth (in batches in a blender or with an immersion blender). Add the oil during the blending.
5. The starch in step 6 will thicken up the sauce slightly so don't worry if it is a little runny. If the sauce is too thick already, add some water, if too runny simmer it awhile to thicken (cover the pot but leave the lid askew). If you boil your meatballs/sausage in the sauce, I would add them here as well. 6. Puree the contents of the can of beets (liquid included) and the starch in a blender until very smooth (if only using for pasta sauce, to save some chopping you can add the fresh herbs here as well!)
7. Add the beet mixture back to the pot and simmer for about 5 more minutes.
8. If using for more than pasta sauce, portion out what you need and then add a prorated amount of chopped herbs to the remaining sauce.
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