Having tomato allergies can be difficult. However, have no fear! This long awaited tomato free pasta sauce recipe will get you through. I haven’t had a red sauce in way too long. After two days of tweaking this recipe, I have finally completed what I can truly say is a good Italian meat sauce without tomatoes. Enjoy!
This Recipe is available to everyone.
Pasta Sauce Without Tomatoes with Meat
A delicious, gluten free, Italian recipe for spaghetti sauce without tomatoes. This recipe is a non-traditional meat sauce, known in Italian as bolognese sauce (sauce with ground beef).
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 medium-large size yellow onion, chopped
- 4 carrots, finely chopped or grated
- 1 large stalk celery, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, grated or minced
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
- 3/4 lb. lean ground beef (or bison)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups water*, or as needed
- 1/2 cup beet juice from a 15 oz. can of sliced beets, for color
- 2 Tablespoons sugar**
- 1 1/4 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Reduced Sodium Organic Beef Base (or 1 1/4 cubes gluten free beef bouillon - Herb Ox)*
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, for color
- 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese (or Kraft shaker) (optional for dairy-free)
- Salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste (omit if nightshade-free)
- Preheat a large saute pan with oil. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Saute until tender, about 20 minutes.
- Add garlic and parsley and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from pan and set aside.
- In the same pan, add ground beef and increase heat to medium-high. Cook until brown and then remove from the pan.
- Add the vegetable mixture back into the pan.
- Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, water, beet juice (amount available per brand will vary), sugar, bouillon, and stir. Add enough turmeric to bring it to your desired color (orange-red).
- Stir in Parmesan cheese.
- Puree mixture using a hand-held immersion blender. Alternatively, allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Then pulsate in a blender or food processor.
- If you've removed the mixture from the pot, return it; and add the ground beef. Simmer for about 3 hours. Break up the ground beef a little and stir occasionally. Add additional water or broth, as needed.
*Many bouillon brands contain soy. If you are soy-free, use homemade, if necessary.
**If you prefer to lessen the sugar, try sauteing some finely chopped red bell pepper. It naturally adds sweetness and additional flavor. I decided to make this nightshade-free as many people with tomato allergies are intolerant to all nightshades.
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