Nightshade Free Tomato Paste

I love tomatoes and things that include tomatoes.   Tomato paste is a staple in so many delicious dishes.  Sadly, tomatoes are an inflammatory nightshade.  Here is a great mock sauce that can be used in place of tomato paste or sauce in your favorite dishes!  The beet gives it a red color and earthy flavor.  Carrot brings the sweetness of tomato and the lime adds the acidity.   Play with the measurements to create your perfect sauce!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/8 cup of fresh beet, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup of beef broth
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • juice of 1/2 a lime

Directions:

Heat the oil in a sauce pan.

Saute the onion until it begins to turn transparent.  Add the garlic, carrot and beet. Saute for 5 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the beets are soft.

Puree the “soup” with an immersion blender or in a traditional blender.

Return to heat and reduce until desired thickeness.

Tip:  I make a batch ahead of time and freeze it in ice cube trays.  Once solid, I transfer my “tomato” cubes to a ziplock bag and store for future use.

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