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AIP Nightshade Free Marinara Sauce

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x


This sauce is a nightshade-free marinara sauce that’s made without tomatoes! It’s AIP compliant, as well as Whole30, Paleo, and sugar-free.


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  • 1 tbsp olive oil (sub avocado oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups celery (about 4 stalks), chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup beet, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Add the olive oil to the base of the instant pot and set to saute.
  2. Saute the onions and garlic for 2 minutes, before adding in the carrots, beets and celery. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Press cancel to turn off the saute function.
  3. Pour in the water and lemon juice and add the seasonings. Stir to combine.
  4. Lock the lid onto the instant pot and flip the the pressure release valve to closed. Press “manual” (it will default to high pressure” and use the “+” button to set the time to 14 minutes. Allow the instant pot to come to pressure and the sauce to cook.
  5. Once the sauce has finished, carefully release the pressure valve. Once depressurized, remove the lid and allow for the sauce to cool before blending it in a Vitamix or high speed blender until smooth.
  6. Season further to taste and enjoy!


  1. To adapt for the stove, use a large, deep sauce pot to saute the garlic and onion on low heat in olive oil until softened. Add the remainder of the veggies and saute for a few minutes. Add about 1-1.5 cups of water to the pot (just enough to cover the veggies) along with the herbs and bring to a simmer for about 30 minutes or until the veggies are completely softened.  Allow to cool. Pour off some of the water if a thicker sauce is desired. Combine all of the of the veggies and seasonings with the lemon juice in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. The pasta in the background of the pictures is GF chickpea pasta, and is not AIP or paleo. See suggestions above for more options for what to pair this sauce with.
  3. All nutrition information is an estimation and will vary.
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italain


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 68
  • Fat: 2.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.9g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 1.4g