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Tomato Free Pizza Sauce

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This tomato free pizza sauce is the perfect topper for your pizza night! Nightshade free, vegan, no sugar, gluten free, & nut free, this tomato free pizza sauce is suitable for the whole family.

Free From: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks, celery, corn, sesame, mustard, lupin, sulfites, and more

close up of a pizza covered in tomato free pizza sauce and large pepperoni on a white parchment paper with herbs surrounding it

When you ask me what my top three favorite foods in the whole world are, I will always reply: Pizza, pizza, and tacos. No joke, pizza gets two spots in my top three favorite foods. When I traveled to Italy, I was only too happy to consume pizza for lunch AND dinner. So, my love affair with pizza is a huge deal.

But when a family member had to give up nightshades, I was thrown for a loop. Sure, we can do a white pizza with ricotta cheese and mushrooms, but there is something so wonderful about a red sauce on pizza.

Not to worry, I love solving food allergy problems and making foods that EVERYONE can enjoy.

What Are Nightshades

There are over 2,000 types of plants in the nightshade family and the majority of them are poisonous. However, foods like potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants also fall into the night shade family.  

To read more about nightshades, make sure you check out my Nightshades 101 article!


To make this tomato free pizza sauce, you only need a few ingredients that you can easily pick up from your local grocery store! No weird or fancy ingredients here. This is the quick run down of what you’ll need:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Onion
  • Red pepper (if can use)
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Spices
  • Veggie Stock or Water
ingredients for a tomato free pizza sauce are shown on the kitchen countertop in various sizes of bowls


To make this sauce, start by prepping all your veggies. Roughly chop the beets, carrots, red pepper (if using), onion, and garlic. Toss it into a large cooking pot. Add the spices, lemon juice, and olive oil.

Cover the veggies with your veggie stock or water. Both taste amazing (I’ve tried both and might even slightly prefer just plain water).

Cook the veggies over a medium-low flame for about 45 minutes or until all the veggies are soft and easily pierced with a fork.

Carefully transfer the veggies and stock into a blender or food processor. Blend until the sauce is the consistency you like.

Add to pizza crust or freeze till you’re ready to use!

How to Store

This sauce can be used right away or kept in a container in the fridge and used within 3 days after making.

To store this sauce longer, I like to freeze them into ice cube trays. The shape allows for quick thaws that I can use anytime the pizza mood strikes me (which is about once a week!).


This makes a ton of sauce! You can save it in the fridge for up to a week, but I would recommending freezing it so you can have some sauce whenever you want. Something we do in my house is freeze them in ice cube trays! Then on pizza night, we pop out 4 sauce cubes per pizza, thaw them, and enjoy fresh sauce anytime.

If you are avoiding only tomatoes, I would recommend adding a roasted red pepper to this mix for an extra kick and more in keeping with Italian flavor themes. You could also add a 1/2 to full teaspoon of roasted red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you like it.

It goes great on any kind of pizza you can imagine. Need a good pizza dough? Check out my Gluten Free Detroit Style pizza (nut + dairy free) or my Gluten Free Pizza Crust (top 9 free).

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Tomato Free Pizza Sauce

This tomato free pizza sauce is the perfect topper for your pizza night! Nightshade free, vegan, no sugar, gluten free, & nut free, this tomato free pizza sauce is suitable for the whole family.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: allergy friendly, coconut free, dairy free, dinner, easy, egg free, gluten free, nightshade free, nut free, sesame free, soy free, tomato free, wheat free
Yield: 5 cups sauce
Calories: 93kcal


  • mixing cups
  • mixing spoons
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • pot
  • blender / food processor


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 lbs carrots peeled
  • 1 beet medium sized, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red pepper optional
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 3 cups veggie stock or water
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 lemon juiced


  • Prep all your veggies. Place all ingredients in the pot and stir to combine. You want to make sure your veggies are just covered with water, so add more depending on size of your pot.
  • Bring veggies to a boil over high flame. Once there, reduce flame to medium-low and let simmer for up to 45 minutes. You will know it is done when the beets are easily pierced with a fork and most of the liquid has evaporated. About 1 cup of liquid should remain.
  • Carefully transfer your veggies to a blender. Add your lemon juice. To make sure your blender doesn't explode from the heat and pressure, don't place your blender lid on all the way and cover it with a towel so you don't get burned. Blend it till you reach your desired consistency. Taste for seasoning.
  • Use right away on your pizza as you would any other red sauce. This keeps in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for up to 3 months.


If not avoiding red peppers, include one in the veggie mix as it adds a nice pizza sauce flavor. 
To store: Use on pizza immediately after making. Can be kept in the fridge for 3 days fresh. To store longer, freeze in ice cube trays for up to 4 months. Let thaw before using on a pizza crust. 


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 15911IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I was pretty blown away by this recipe. I am pregnant and can’t eat anything with tomato in it, and I’m used to making tomato-based pizza sauce. I was skeptical about how this would turn out, and even after I made the sauce (before I baked it on the pizza) I was very worried about the flavor. It had kind of an earthy, dirt after-taste. But I went with it and y’all… it was amazing on the pizza! No kidding, it tasted like pizza. I highly recommend giving it a try if you need a tomato substitute!

  2. I’m not allergic to all nightshades but only tomato, and that time the only recipe I found for a sauce was about 20 ingredients. With arthritis I have trouble dicing so i almost gave up till I come across a Europian sauce called Ajvar which does have capsicum and eggplant in it but I am ok with them.The taste is not bad but then I found some beetroot powder and added some and it made all the difference,As for onion and garlic having IBS on the low fodmap diet I am on I can have oil infused garlic and onion that I can tolerate. Also Free Fod got replacer powders for both that can add extra taste

  3. If you have reactions to nightshades please do not use pre-grated (in a bag) cheese. Most pre-grated cheses use potato starch as an anti-clumper. Grated cheese you grate from a block of cheese is fine. Always check the ingredients on any cheese. I have had a severe reaction from just a very small (like a quarter of a pinkie fingernail sized) piece of Kraft American cheese even. Sure enough the label listed “food starch” which in this case had to have contained potato starch.

    1. This is excellent to include! Yes, most if not all, pre-grated cheese uses potato starch as the anti-clumper. Thank you for sharing this and I will be adding it to this article. I’m sorry to hear that you had such a severe reaction and hope that you are better now.

  4. I suffer from bad acid reflux and am looking for a low acid, non tomato based pizza sauce. Onions and garlic are triggers as well. Do you have recommendations as how to edit the sauce to avoid these ingredients? I saw someone suggest apples? Thanks!

    1. An apple added would totally bring some sweetness and body to the sauce. I would suggest also adding a parsnip (peeled, diced, along with the carrot) to add a bit of that earthiness that the onions and garlic bring.

      You could also add some shallots or chives if those don’t trigger a reaction. I know some people can eat them and some cannot.

      A half of a chopped fennel bulb would also be great in this!

      Finally, I would add a drizzle of truffle oil on top of the pizza before baking to really help add some Italian flavor to the dish. That along with basil and oregano really will sell the flavors of pizza without the onion and garlic!

      Hope one of these ideas work for you!

  5. Since I can’t have garlic-should I add extra onions or just eliminate it without adding anything else in? Thanks!

    1. You could add more onion if you like and you are able to safely enjoy more! Since you are removing the garlic, a drizzle of truffle olive oil on the pizza crust and some extra basil added after cooking on top of the cheese are nice easy ways to get more Italian flavor without the garlic. However, they are totally not necessary, just a suggestion. The sauce is great without garlic and not adding in anything else. Enjoy!

  6. This is a great recipe. Since I realized tomatoes are a migraine trigger for me, I have been mourning pizza. In my second batch, I added half an apple to add some sweetness and loved the result.

    1. Thank you so much for this comment! I love your idea to add an apple for sweetness, I’m totally trying that next time!! Cheers to happy pizza night!

  7. I freeze sauce by putting plastic wrap on a plate or cookie tray and putting the sauce in individual use portions and freezing. Once frozen remove each frozen patty and wrap individually then put in ziploc baggie.

  8. This looks delish! Is it still worth it without the red pepper? And I could I use bread that’s already baked? Thanks!

    1. Yes, I make it without the red pepper all the time! Since writing the recipe, I’ve learned that a pinch of fennel seeds really help to make it taste like authentic pizza sauce. I hope you try it! And yes, you could use store bought crusts that are frozen or pre-baked and then top it with the sauce and your toppings. A few minutes in the oven and it will be good! Enjoy!

  9. 5 stars
    We LOVED how this sauce turned out! My son whom I made this for since he can’t have tomatoes anymore, said this was the best pizza he’s ever had. Win! I LOVE that my picky eater is also getting veggies in without knowing it!

    1. I am so happy to read this!! Thank you for sharing your review of this. I wish you many more (secretly healthy) pizza nights! And keep an eye on this space because I have a lot more tomato free recipes lined up. 🙂

      1. I sure will! That will be super helpful! We tried this with spaghetti, and my little guy ate it, but he wasn’t as thrilled with it for spaghetti as he was for pizza. Do you season it differently for spaghetti or have something different to recommend altogether?

        1. I totally agree it doesn’t work on pasta. But! I have a pasta sauce recipe that I’ve been working on. Since he is requesting it, I’ll move that to the front of the list to finish up! I’ll have it up soon 🙂

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