Creamy Almond Tomato Sauce (dairy free)

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $0.72
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3 clovesGarlic
1/4 cupRaw Almonds (25)
3 cupsTomatoes, peeled and seeds removed, roughly chopped
1 tbspOlive Oil
1/2 cupFresh Basil, roughly chopped
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​To remove the skins from your tomatoes, bring a pot of water to a boil. With a paring knife, score an X into the bottom of your tomatoes.
  2. Add the tomatoes to the boiling water. Remove after 30 seconds and immediately drop into an ice bath. This will make it a lot easier to remove the skins. Also cut out the core and most of the seeds.
  3. Add garlic, almonds, tomatoes and olive oil to a blender and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Add sauce to a sauté pan over medium heat, heat through, add fresh basil and use to top your favorite pasta or vegetables.


  • People who eat garlic several times per week have a lower risk of mouth, stomach, kidney, prostate and colorectal cancers. This may be explained by plant chemicals in garlic called allyl sulfur compounds. In cell and animal studies, these plant chemicals have been shown to cause cancer cells to self-destruct.
  • Using almonds to replace the cream that is often used to make rosé sauces helps reduce the amount of saturated fat in this recipe. Almonds  contain heart-healthy fat, mostly in the form of monounsaturated fat.
  • A handful of almonds (approximately 1 ounce) has the same amount of protein as an egg, without any cholesterol. A handful of almonds also contains half of the vitamin E you need in a day. This antioxidant helps boost the immune system and prevents blood clots.