This roasted red pepper nomato sauce is an easy to make and flavourful pasta sauce without tomatoes. It has sweetness from the roasted bell peppers and carrots and a lovely creaminess from coconut milk. A vegan, gluten free, whole 30 compliant and low histamine recipe.
If you're looking at this recipe them I'm going to hazard a guess that tomatoes don't work for you, and you're looking for an alternative . . . You're in the right place with this red pepper cream sauce!
Many pasta sauces have tomatoes as their main ingredient, which can be an issue for those of us sensitive to them. If you are looking for tomato-free pasta sauce ideas then you may like to see my macadamia nut pesto and tahini dressing. Both tomato-free options!
And if dairy works for you, then perhaps you may like to try out my roasted red pepper ricotta pasta - so tasty!
This easy nomato sauce recipe is packed with flavour from the sweet roasted vegetables, with a lovely creaminess from the coconut milk and a touch of herbs for a nice herby hum. It's very simple, with fairly minimal ingredients, and just a few steps. Perfect on pasta for a weeknight dinner.
This recipe was updated with slight amendments to the recipe, tips and new photos on 11 May 2022.
Why this recipe is so good
- Easy to make: a very simple recipe with relatively few ingredients, and many are pantry staples.
- Made without beets: a lot of nomato sauces use beets as a key ingredient, but that isn't ideal for all. This is a nomato sauce without beets.
- Versatile: can be used for pasta, to make lasagne and, well, almost any recipe that calls for a sauce. Or I like to use it as a tomato free ketchup for fries!
This is a relatively 'few ingredient' nomato sauce, made with mostly pantry staples. You will need:
- Red bell peppers: the main ingredient for this sauce. Use fresh, unbruised produce. I suggest red peppers over green as they have a better sweetness when roasted.
- Carrot: adds a nice sweetness to the sauce.
- Garlic: for a touch of extra flavour. Leave out if not tolerated. Or alternatively add another clove if it works for you! Garlic powder can be used in a pinch.
- Coconut milk: makes the sauce so creamy. You need the type in a can rather than the pouring kind in a carton for coffee or cereal.
- Thyme and rosemary: add such a nice herby flavour. Use fresh rosemary if you have it.
- Apple cider vinegar (or white distilled vinegar): optional, adds a tang for those who tolerate.
Step by step instructions
A very simple recipe, this nomato sauce requires a baking tray and food processor / blender.
Roast the carrot and bell peppers. Add the vegetables and garlic clove to a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle over some thyme and nestle the rosemary in between the carrots. Bake for 20-30 minutes until soft and fork tender.
Set aside the vegetables to cool. Remove the garlic from its skin and discard the rosemary.
Steps 2 & 3
Blend the ingredients. Once cooled, add the vegetables with the remaining ingredients to a blender. Blend into a smooth and creamy sauce.
Recipe tips and notes
- Dice the vegetables into fairly similar sizes to allow for an even cook time and bake.
- Adjust the amount of garlic to preference. Some readers may not tolerate at all, others may like to up the number of cloves!
- If the sauce is a little thick for your preference, thin with a touch of water and re-blend.
- If lemon juice is suitable for you, then a small squeeze would bring a brightness to the sauce.
Frequently asked questions
There are many different recipes, but this nomato sauce is primarily made of red bell peppers, carrot and coconut milk.
No, if you cannot tolerate vinegar then leave out of the recipe. This recipe includes apple cider vinegar, but you can also use white distilled vinegar or not use either. It won't have quite the same 'tang' without vinegar, but still tastes good!
Yes of course, add as many herbs as you prefer!
Baking tray and parchment paper - to roast the bell peppers and carrots.
Blender - I use a NutriBullet but any blender should work well to blend the sauce.
More sauces without tomatoes to enjoy:
Roasted red pepper nomato sauce
- Food processor or blender
- Preheat the oven to 200C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Dice the bell peppers into large chunks, and halve the carrots lengthways. Place on the parchment paper and sprinkle with the dried thyme and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20-30 minutes until softened. Set aside to cool. Remove the rosemary sprigs and discard, and remove the garlic from its skin.
- Once cooled place the vegetables, garlic, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, salt and black pepper, if using, into a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Dice the vegetables into roughly even pieces so they cook evenly in the oven.
- Wait until the vegetables are cooled before blending with the coconut milk and other ingredients.
- Adjust the amount of garlic to preference.
- If the sauce is too thick for your preference, thin with a little water.
- The vinegar is optional. The sauce won't have the same 'tang' without it, but will still be good!
- garlic, which scores 1.
- apple cider vinegar scores 1. You may wish to swap for white distilled vinegar, which scores 0 or leave out the recipe.