Non-tomato-based pasta sauces

Dear Cooks:

Hi. My daughter has just been diagnosed with food allergies.  Her most severe allergies are to brewers yeast, bakers yeast, wheat, vinegar, tomatoes and onions.  This pretty much rules out all her favorite foods.  Our grocery store carries corn pasta and was wondering if you have any ideas for pasta sauces that don’t contain tomatoes.  Any help would be greatly appreciated as right now she is only eating sushi!!  Thank you, Linda

Dear Linda:

It sounds like you have a challenge as far as preparing foods that are safe for your daughter to eat; the good news is that there are plenty of delicious pasta sauces that are free of all the foods to which your daughter is allergic.

The first thing to remember is that if you see a pasta sauce recipe that doesn’t call for tomatoes but calls for onions, you can easily just leave out the onions and the recipe will still be a success. The same goes for vinegar – it is easily omitted and can be replaced with chicken stock, water, or left out all together.

Here are some recipes to get you started:

Pasta with pesto sauce, which is a quick and easy sauce with fresh basil, garlic, nuts, and olive oil should be a great pick for your daughter.

Rachael also has a great Gorgonzola sauce with Gorgonzola cheese, chicken stock and sage and a pasta with broccoli recipe that is healthy, delicious and easy, featuring olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. Spinach Fettucine Primavera is a fresh and delicious pasta recipe with vegetables, garlic, and white wine – just be sure to omit the shallots, which are a member of the onion family.

Here are some other pasta recipes without tomatoes – just omit onion or vinegar if they are called for and use your corn-based pasta:

Caesar-Style Spaghetti

Bird Nests with Chicken and Broccoli

Saffron Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Zucchini Pasta and Grilled Fish

Good luck and enjoy!

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