Aug 8th

Nomato sauce to fool your Nonna.

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upset-senior-woman-wooden-spoon-7826441One thing that is absolutely clear to anyone that has shared a meal with me is that I love good food, also that I hate poser food, you’re not fooling anyone portobello burger! I honestly feel that we should love on food for what it is, and we can totally enjoy a grilled portobello without trying to pretend its meat.

Since starting AIP I have steered clear of recipes and meals that are pretending to be something their not, that is until my grandma arrived to visit for the summer and big family meals became an almost weekly occurrence. Sunday lunch in my Italian hybrid family consists of heaps of pasta and my moms outrageously delicious tomato sauce, both of which are strictly forbidden on the AIP protocol. How on earth was I going to navigate this one?

An online search of some recipes gave me some good ideas, but didn’t really convince me and I was determined that my sauce not taste like beets (aka dirt!) or vegetable soup. Having made sauce since I could balance on a stepping stool to reach the counter I know that good sauce has some key components.

  1. a perfect balance of sweet, salty and sour
  2. rich deep flavours
  3. time. There are no shortcuts, a good sauce has to cook for a while.


With this in mind and all my culinary skills ready to be tested to the max I set out to create a Nomato sauce to fool a Nonna.



  • 2 medium yams with peel
  • 3 large carrots
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium beets
  • 2 medium sweet onions
  • 1/2 Lb beef cut into cubes
  • oil (coconut or other for pan and basting veggies)
  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Salt
  • basil (to taste)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • olive oil (approximately 2 Tbs) *save this as you will drizzle after the sauce is cooked!


  1. Slice yams, carrot, beets and garlic into slices and spread out on a pan. Baste with oil. I like to add a little water to the pan as they roast so that they don’t dry out.Roast at 375F until tender 25-30 min depending on the thickness of your slices.
  2. While the veggies are roasting, dice onions and saute with a little oil until browned.
  3. Add beef to pan and saute with the onions to brown.
  4. When veggies are done roasting, transfer to food processor or blender and add 2 cups of cold bone broth.
  5. Pure in the blender until smooth.
  6. add pureed veggies to pan and stir with onions and beef to combine.
  7. Transfer sauce to a slow cooker and set on low.
  8. Stir in Cider vinegar, salt, basil and bay leaves.
  9. Slow cook for 6 hrs. while you read a book, or take a nap.
  10. once sauce is ready turn off slow cooker and add a generous drizzle of olive oil.


Serve over zoodles, on AIP pizza crust or anything else your heart desires!


Buon Appetito!