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Here are some fun, unique, and easy pasta sauces without tomato to add to your repertoire. Your tastebuds will thank you for switching things up!

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No Tomato Pasta Sauce

Whether you’re tired of the usual marinara sauce or pizza sauce, have an allergy to tomatoes, or are following a low-acid diet, these tomato-free pasta sauces are sure to keep you nourished and satisfied.

As a pediatric registered dietitian, I know many babies and toddlers are allergic or intolerant to tomatoes and other night shades. And many parents struggle with finding healthy non tomato-based sauces that are suitable for this age group.

Look no further! All of these sauces are super easy to make with minimal ingredients (because I am a parent myself) and packed with nutrition and flavor!

Best Tomato-Free Sauces for Pasta

I say pasta but truly all of these sauces will be delicious for pizzas (you must try this easy protein pizza!), sandwiches, proteins (like chicken, beef, salmon, tofu), or roasted vegetables.

You can also enjoy as a salad dressing by mixing with some olive oil and vinegar or as a dip for veggies and other fun dippers.

I told you these sauces are just as versatile as tomato-based sauces :). 

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

This sauce was developed during the time when my son absolutely refused to eat broccoli. I combined it with some spinach, beans, fresh herbs, and cheese, and he couldn’t eat it fast enough!

A close up shot of pasta with broccoli and carrots.
5 from 14 votes

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Thirty minutes or less is all it takes to make this creamy broccoli pesto pasta. You can also save this bright, flavorful green pesto to enjoy with sandwiches, vegetables, salads, and so much more!
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Hulk Pasta

If I serve spinach on my 5 year old’s plate, 95% of the time it will go  untouched. I continue offering in its raw form for exposure, but to actually get this nutritious leafy green into his belly, I like to add it to pancakes, muffins, smoothies…and sauces!

My kids love this cold, like pasta salad, and so it’s been easy to add to the school lunchbox as well! 

And you must call it hulk pasta – it has magical powers :).

Green pasta plated for mom, toddler, and baby.
4.97 from 65 votes

Green pasta sauce

All you need are a handful of ingredients, one pot, and a blender to make this 20 minute green pasta sauce. It will get your child eating spinach and lots of it too! 
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Carrot Pasta Sauce

The roasted vegetables give this bright colored sauce a creamy texture and enhance the natural sweetness of the carrots, making it a perfect complement to pasta dishes and beyond!

An overhead shot of carrot pasta in a bowl with basil.
5 from 9 votes

Carrot Pasta

Brighten up your pasta dishes with this vibrant carrot pasta sauce. Packed with nutrients and bursting with sweet and savory flavors, it's a delicious alternative to traditional pasta sauces
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Lemon Ricotta Pasta Sauce

20 minutes and 6 simple ingredients are all you need to make this creamy, zesty sauce! Fresh lemon juice and zest truly make this dish!

An overhead shot of ricotta pasta in a bowl with cherry tomatoes.
5 from 14 votes

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Spinach

So simple, creamy, and bursting with flavor, this 20-minute lemon garlic ricotta pasta is an effortless weeknight dinner.
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Cashew Pasta Sauce

Whether there is a dairy allergy in your household or you’re looking for a delicious twist on a classic cream sauce, this recipe is a must try!

An overhead shot of shell pasta tossed in cashew sauce.
5 from 13 votes

Cashew Pasta Sauce

Made with simple, wholesome ingredients, this cashew pasta sauce is a flavorful alternative to traditional dairy-based sauces.
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Miso Pasta

Creamy and bursting with umami flavor, this miso pasta sauce is such a unique recipe and incredibly easy to whip up. Simply combine a handful of ingredients in a bowl and you’re done!

A close up shot of miso pasta with a pair of chopsticks.
5 from 13 votes

Easy Miso Pasta

In need of a quick, no-fuss, delicious meal? This miso pasta is made with just a handful of ingredients and can be on your table in 20 minutes or less!
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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

This homemade sauce is oh so comforting, and especially perfect for the fall. Its creaminess comes from the butternut squash and beans, which happen to be quite a lovely duo! 

You can certainly stir in some yogurt and cheese. I love it with parmesan cheese or pecorino romano.

A close up shot of cooked sauce tossed with pasta.
5 from 14 votes

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

This fresh butternut squash pasta sauce recipe is so easy to make and with simple ingredients. It is creamy, flavorful, and the perfect fall comfort food.
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Thai Red Curry Pasta

Being Korean, spicy foods are an integral part of our cuisine. So it’s important for us to introduce to our children from early on.

Of course you don’t want to cause any pain to your child, so start slowly! If you’ve never introduced your baby to Thai curry paste, I would start by making this curry pasta with the Massaman or Yellow variety.

It will still be an incredible flavor exposure for your little one and the whole family!

A close up shot of cooked pasta twirled around a fork.
5 from 10 votes

Thai Red Curry Pasta

20 minutes and a handful of pantry items are all you need to whip up this super easy vegetarian Thai red curry pasta with vegetables.
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Creamy Macaroni Carbonara

The eggs are whisked with cheese and get tossed with the hot pasta to create a delightfully thick and creamy sauce. It’s a great comfort food for any busy weeknights.

A close up shot of cooked macaroni.
5 from 2 votes

Creamy Macaroni Carbonara

In 30 minutes, you can enjoy this silky, creamy macaroni carbonara! It is lighter than the traditional version with a secret ingredient that you're going to love.
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Beet Pesto

This beetroot pesto is especially great for anyone who shies away from beets. All the add-ins, like fresh basil and garlic, and fresh lemon juice, truly elevate the flavor of the beets.

Not to mention, it’s visually so stunning that it will make you feel like like you’re sitting down to a fancy meal ;).

a close up shot of pesto with a spoon
5 from 9 votes

Beetroot Pesto Pasta Sauce

Made with simple, wholesome ingredients, this beetroot pesto comes together in minutes and makes for the perfect pasta sauce for babies, kids, and adults!
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Zucchini Pesto

Whether you have an abundance of zucchini or are looking for a lighter and unique variation, this bright green sauce is sure to become one of your go-to! Simply add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and enjoy!

A close up shot of pesto in a white bowl.
5 from 8 votes

Zucchini Pesto with Almonds

Upgrade pasta with this simple and healthy zucchini pesto. It is light and creamy and can be ready in 15 minutes!
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Creamy Ricotta Pesto

The consistency of this 15-minute creamy pesto is on the thick side but you can easily adjust to suit your needs!

Overhead shot of ricotta pesto in a bowl with lemon and basil in the background.
5 from 2 votes

Ricotta Pesto

Brighten up any meal with the vibrant color and zesty flavor of this homemade ricotta pesto. Toss with pasta, enjoy as a dip, or spread onto sandwiches and proteins.
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Sweet Potato Sauce

Sweet potatoes combined with red bell peppers and tofu make this sauce so velvety and yummy. It’s also an easy way to incorporate more iron into your baby’s diet as well.

a close up shot of sweet potato sauce tossed with pasta and spinach
5 from 17 votes

Creamy Sweet Potato Sauce

This baby and kid-friendly sweet potato sauce is EASY to whip up and can be enjoyed with pasta, grains, or as a dip for crackers and vegetables. It's great alternative to tomato-based sauces.
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Asian Salad Dressing

Y’all, this dressing!!! It is made with just 5 ingredients and has unforgettable flavor. This simple sauce is perfect for cold pasta, like soba noodles.

A close up shot of stirred dressing in a mason jar.
5 from 5 votes

Asian Salad Dressing

This 5-minute Asian salad dressing has the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and tangy. It is super easy to whip up, versatile, and elevates any salad, vegetable, cold noodle, and much more!
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Thai Peanut Coconut Sauce

Just 3 ingredients and a bowl are all you need to make this no cook sauce. If enjoying with pasta, add some starchy pasta water to thin it out.

It’s also delicious on toast, sandwiches, and with tofu or chicken.

a close up shot of the sauce in a glass bowl with carrots, zucchini, and toast strips.
5 from 4 votes

3 Ingredient Thai Peanut Coconut Sauce

Made with just 3 ingredients, this Thai peanut sauce with curry paste and coconut milk is a great way to introduce spicy flavor to babies and kids.
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Roasted Cauliflower dip

You’re going to add an entire head of cauliflower into this dip that you can thin out with some additional liquid to enjoy over pasta.

a close up shot of cauliflower dip with fresh cilantro and a small pita triangle
5 from 5 votes

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Dip

This creamy roasted cauliflower dip made with an ENTIRE head of cauliflower, tahini, and milk is super simple to make, delicious, and versatile. It will be an AWESOME way to make veggies exciting for kids!
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Hummus Pasta

Mix hummus with a small amount of pasta water or olive oil to create a creamy sauce. It will instantly elevate any pasta dish.

You can use it as a dressing for a cold pasta salad or toss with cooked pasta and your choice of vegetables and proteins.

close up shot of broccoli hummus in a white bowl with drizzle of oil.
5 from 5 votes

Broccoli Hummus Dip

If your child won't eat broccoli or you've been looking for different ways to serve it, give this hummus a try! It's also a great way to pack in a lot of nutrition for babies and kids.
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a close up shot of the hummus in a white bowl with a spoon
4.75 from 4 votes

Pumpkin Seed Spinach Hummus

this spinach hummus with pumpkin seeds instead of tahini is a healthy snack or meal for babies and toddlers. It is so versatile and here are some ways to serve it to your family.
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beet hummus in a white bowl with hemp seeds and cilantro sprinkled on the left side
5 from 13 votes

Beet Hummus for Babies

Made with just 5 ingredients, this nut-free beet hummus is great for spoon feeding or baby led weaning.
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As you can see, tomato-free pasta sauces are a fantastic way to add variety and excitement to your pasta dishes. Try some or all of these options and discover a new favorite today!

About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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  1. I popped over to your website to find a new pasta recipe to try out this week. You must have read my mind because the first thing I saw was this post with a huge list of fun recipes to try.