Delicious Gluten and Dairy-Free Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

The aroma of a delicious pasta sauce simmering on your stove is hard to beat. However, if you’re looking for a gluten-free and dairy-free option, it can be a bit tougher to come by. Luckily, my gluten and dairy-free pasta sauce recipe is here to bring the comfort of spaghetti night back into your life.

With this recipe, you’ll be able to indulge in a creamy tomato pasta sauce naturally devoid of gluten and dairy. It’s the perfect solution for those who have dietary restrictions but still have cravings for delicious pasta dishes. My recipe is not only satisfying, but it’s also easy to make with just a few simple ingredients that are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.

So whether you’re following a special diet or just want to try something new that doesn’t compromise on flavor or texture, give my gluten and dairy-free pasta sauce recipe a chance. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten and Dairy Free Pasta Sauce
Gluten and Dairy Free Pasta Sauce

Are you tired of compromising taste for healthy eating? Do you miss the comfort of traditional pasta dishes, but struggle to find a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe that satisfies your cravings? Look no further! This Gluten and Dairy-Free Pasta Sauce Recipe is perfect for those of us who want to indulge in a comforting bowl of pasta without the guilt.

Not only is this sauce naturally gluten and dairy-free, but it’s also free of any artificial ingredients or preservatives that store-bought pasta sauces might have. With our fresh ingredients, you can enjoy a creamy tomato sauce that’s sure to become a new favorite in your household.

This recipe uses soymilk or any other non-dairy milk such as coconut milk or almond milk as a base ingredient, which is lower in fat and calories than traditional cream-based sauces. Additionally, we use olive oil instead of butter and xanthan gum instead of flour to thicken the sauce without adding unhealthy grains.

By using high-quality ingredients, this dish is not only healthy but also flavorful. The garlic minced cloves and garlic powder provide a savory flavor with a touch of heat from the pepper. The yellow onion adds texture and sweetness to complement the acidity of the tomato sauce.

So why will you love this recipe? Because it’s creamy, comforting, and indulgent while still being healthy and full of natural flavors. You can enjoy a delicious bowl of spaghetti sauce without compromising on taste or quality. Try this recipe for yourself and see how easy it is to cook up a fantastic meal without sacrificing your health!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the authentic Italian flavors of this gluten and dairy-free pasta sauce.
Indulge in the authentic Italian flavors of this gluten and dairy-free pasta sauce.

Gluten-free pasta sauce is a creamy and comforting dish that can be made with fresh or pantry staples for an easy and quick meal. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this delicious pasta sauce:

  • Gluten-free spaghetti: Pasta gluten-free is naturally gluten-free and can be found easily in most grocery stores. You can also use other gluten-free pasta of your choice.
  • Olive oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Yellow onion: 1 large onion, diced
  • Garlic cloves: 2 minced garlic cloves or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Tomato sauce: 3 cups
  • Sun-dried tomato: ¼ cup
  • Soymilk, almond milk or coconut milk: 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk works best
  • Xanthan gum: 2 teaspoons
  • Lemon juice and zest: Juice of 1 lemon and zest of half the lemon
  • Salt and pepper: To taste

Make sure to use gluten-free ingredients to keep the dish gluten and dairy-free. Check the label ingredients on jarred spaghetti sauce as ingredients may differ depending on brands.

The Recipe How-To

 This recipe guarantees a wholesome and hearty pasta experience with no dietary restrictions holding you back.
This recipe guarantees a wholesome and hearty pasta experience with no dietary restrictions holding you back.

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to prepare this delicious gluten and dairy-free pasta sauce.

Step 1: Heat the Olive Oil

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Once heated, add 1 finely diced onion and cook for about 3 minutes until the onion is translucent.

Step 2: Add Garlic and Cook

Next, add 4 minced garlic cloves and cook for an additional 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic as it will give off a bitter taste.

Step 3: Add Crushed Tomatoes and Tomato Paste

After cooking the garlic for a few seconds, add 2 (28 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, and season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Stir well to combine all ingredients.

Step 4: Add Non-Dairy Milk and Xanthan Gum

Once you have combined all of the above ingredients, pour in 1 cup of unsweetened soy milk or almond milk, mixing well to incorporate into the tomato mixture. Finally, add ½ teaspoon xanthan gum, which works as a gluten substitute to thicken our pasta sauce.

Step 5: Simmer Until Thickened and Creamy

Bring the sauce to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer for about 25-30 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.

This will make your pasta sauce creamy rendering a perfect texture!

Be advised that if you wish to make your sauce ‘creamy’, you can add more non-dairy milk or ½ cup coconut milk creamer or coconut cream.

And voila, your gluten-and-dairy-free pasta sauce is ready!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for nights when you want something quick, easy, and utterly satisfying.
Perfect for nights when you want something quick, easy, and utterly satisfying.

When it comes to preparing a delicious pasta sauce, there’s always room for experimentation. Fortunately, this gluten and dairy-free pasta sauce recipe can be easily customized to suit a wide variety of taste preferences and dietary needs.

If you don’t have soymilk on hand, feel free to substitute with another non-dairy milk such as almond milk or coconut milk. Each type of milk will provide a distinct flavor and creaminess level. Those who prefer a thicker sauce might consider adding xanthan gum, which is commonly used as a gluten-free thickener.

To add an extra kick of flavor, try incorporating sun-dried tomatoes or dried oregano into the sauce. For a slightly sweet and tangy twist to the recipe, consider adding in some fresh orange bell pepper and lemon zest.

If you’re looking for something heartier, diced chicken or sautéed mushrooms can be added to the sauce for an extra protein boost. Alternatively, try swapping out traditional spaghetti for gluten-free penne or fettuccine for a different texture.

Finally, for those who crave something truly indulgent, this recipe can easily be transformed into a creamy vegan alfredo sauce by substituting tomato sauce with unsweetened almond milk and eliminating the minced garlic cloves. You could even add some vodka to create a delicious vodka sauce that pairs perfectly with penne pasta.

In summary, there are numerous substitutions and variations that you could make to this recipe based on what you prefer in terms of flavor, dietary restrictions or ingredients that you have at hand. Just let your imagination run wild!

Serving and Pairing

 With a blend of fresh ingredients and delightful spices, this pasta sauce is a game-changer.
With a blend of fresh ingredients and delightful spices, this pasta sauce is a game-changer.


As a food blogger and nutritionist, I know that part of the beauty of cooking is experimenting with flavors and finding combinations that work well together. This gluten and dairy-free pasta sauce is incredibly versatile and can be served with a variety of dishes.

The creamy tomato sauce is naturally gluten-free and pairs beautifully with gluten-free pasta. You can use any type of pasta you like, including spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, or any other pasta that suits your taste buds. For an extra burst of flavor, try adding sun-dried tomatoes or fresh herbs such as basil or oregano to the mix.

If you want to keep things dairy-free, you can either skip the cheese altogether or opt for a vegan version, such as vegan parmesan cheese. The sauce is also delicious when paired with chicken or shrimp. Simply cook your protein in a separate pan and then toss it with the pasta sauce for a complete meal.

For a refreshing contrast to the creamy tomato sauce, serve this dish with steamed vegetables or a crisp green salad dressed in olive oil and lemon juice. Garnish with some fresh lemon zest and a sprinkle of garlic powder for added zing.

This dish is perfect for busy weeknights when you want something quick and easy but still flavorful and healthy. It’s also a great option for entertaining as it can be made ahead of time and reheated whenever you’re ready to serve.

No matter how you choose to enjoy this gluten-free and dairy-free pasta sauce recipe, I’m sure it’ll become a go-to favorite in your recipe rotation.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Prepare to be amazed by the savory and aromatic fragrance that fills your kitchen.
Prepare to be amazed by the savory and aromatic fragrance that fills your kitchen.

Are you someone who likes to plan ahead? Or maybe life gets too busy, and you need to have meals prepared in advance. Whatever the reason, it’s essential to know how to store and reheat your creamy tomato pasta sauce or any pasta dish correctly.

Fortunately, this gluten-free and dairy-free pasta sauce recipe is excellent for preparing ahead of time! You can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days or the freezer for up to three months.

If you’re planning on reheating the sauce, take it out of the fridge an hour before heating to come to room temperature. You can reheat it on low heat in a saucepan or microwave until warm, stirring frequently. Remember not to overheat the sauce; otherwise, it may dry out and lose its thick and smooth texture.

Regarding storing cooked gluten-free pasta, I suggest leaving them unsauced and keeping them separate from the sauce before storing them. This practice prevents them from becoming mushy and sticking together. To reheat, place them in a pot of boiling water for a few seconds or microwave with some water until hot.

Now that you know how easy it is to make ahead, store, and reheat this delicious dairy-free and gluten-free pasta sauce let’s try it out! Enjoy a comforting pasta dish anytime without all the fuss of cooking it fresh each time.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Say goodbye to store-bought pasta sauces and welcome a healthy and delicious homemade option.
Say goodbye to store-bought pasta sauces and welcome a healthy and delicious homemade option.

Making a delicious pasta sauce takes time and effort, especially when you are considering a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe. As a nutritionist, I want to provide you with the necessary tips to ensure that your dish comes out perfectly. In this section, I will discuss some tips that have proven effective in cooking up the best gluten-free and dairy-free pasta sauce.

1. Use fresh and quality ingredients: The key to making a good sauce lies in the quality of your ingredients. Ensure that you use fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits for the best flavor. Fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic will all contribute to a fuller taste, creating a rich and natural flavor.

2. Be generous with spices: Spices tempt our senses; they add a touch of flavor that infuses dishes with their character, making recipes more interesting. Add just enough spice to make the dish lively without overpowering other flavors. For example, you can season with lemon juice or zest for an extra tangy kick or sprinkle some pepper on top of your sauce.

3. Don’t over-stir your pasta: Adding your pasta when it is not cooked can give off excess starch which causes clump formation while constantly stirring can break the strands of pasta or spaghetti into smaller pieces. So be careful while cooking gluten-free pasta.

4. Let your sauce simmer: One mistake many people make when cooking pasta sauce is not simmering it for long enough! The longer you allow it to simmer the richer it becomes as the ingredients incorporate more nutrient value into the sauce.

5. Use xanthan gum as a thickener: Gluten holds everything together in traditional sauces, but when cooking gluten-free this substance is absent; so adding xanthum gum should help to thicken your tomato sauce and create a creamier consistency.

By using these tips along with the recipe provided in this article, you’re sure to have the perfect vegan-gluten-free-dairy-free pasta sauce that will leave you drooling for more. Trust me; it’s enticingly easy, and you’ll love the result!


As a nutritionist and food blogger, it’s important to me that you are able to make this recipe with ease and confidence. However, I understand that you may have questions or concerns before getting started. In this section, I’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you troubleshoot any issues that may arise. Whether you’re looking to adjust the recipe for personal preferences or dietary requirements, or just want some pointers on how to make the perfect creamy tomato sauce, I’m here to help! So, let’s get started.

Is Ragu sauce gluten and dairy free?

The majority of Ragu sauces do not contain gluten, although it’s necessary to examine their ingredients list for potential allergens. Gluten can be included in some Ragu sauces in the form of certain ingredients, which are always indicated as containing gluten on the product’s label. While Ragu doesn’t market their sauce as being gluten-free, they do provide comprehensive information on any possible allergens.

How do you thicken pasta sauce without dairy?

As a thickening agent, xanthan gum is frequently used in gluten-free and vegan preparation. Its versatility extends to sauces, stews, and soups. For thickening these vegan dishes, a slurry comprising of xanthan gum and water is created. The slurry is then gradually mixed into the dish and combined thoroughly.

What can I use instead of milk for creamy pasta?

If you’re in search of a milk substitute, heavy cream can be a great option. However, it’s important to note that it has much more fat than milk. To avoid an overly rich flavor, it’s recommended to dilute heavy cream with water before using it in a recipe. Simply swap out the milk for a mixture of half heavy cream and half water.

Does pasta sauce have gluten or dairy?

If you’re on a gluten-free diet and want to buy jarred spaghetti sauce, take some time to read the label and look for any wheat-related ingredients. Typically, most spaghetti sauces do not contain gluten.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten and dairy free pasta sauce recipe is the perfect addition to your recipe book as it offers a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional pasta sauces. Whether you have gluten or dairy intolerances, or are just looking for a healthier option, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings for a creamy tomato-based sauce.

With the right combination of ingredients, such as garlic cloves, minced onions, tomato sauce, and soymilk or coconut milk, this sauce naturally becomes gluten and dairy-free without losing its rich flavor. With the tips provided, such as checking the label of jarred spaghetti sauces to ensure that they are free of gluten and dairy, and knowing which substitutions and variations work best with the recipe, you’ll be able to customize the sauce to your liking.

Finally, whether you’re making your own gluten-free pasta from scratch or checking store-bought brands for ingredients in line with your dietary needs, this recipe will make the perfect complement. So go ahead and give this pasta sauce a try. You won’t regret it!

Gluten and Dairy Free Pasta Sauce

Gluten and Dairy Free Pasta Sauce Recipe

I made this sauce to be made into a tuna casserole. To make this into a completely Gluten-Free dish, use a 16 oz. package of Gluten Free Pasta. You can use any soy cheese for the sauce. I usually have in my fridge a white cheese (like Mozzarella) and a yellow cheese (like Cheddar). Make sure to use one that melts well! Enjoy!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 71.7 kcal


  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons garbonzo bean flour
  • 2 cups soymilk
  • 1 -2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 -3 minced garlic cloves (This can be optional, I happen to like garlic) or 2 -3 garlic powder (This can be optional, I happen to like garlic)


  • In a skillet pan, heat the olive oil and add the onions with about 1 tsp of salt and cook for about 4-5 minutes until golden and cooked well. Add the garlic and cook them with the onions for about 1 minute.
  • Add the Garbonzo flour to the onions and stir in well. Add the milk and whisk it in and make sure that there are no lumps of flour.
  • Add the salt, pepper, and any other herbs and seasonings that would be preferred.
  • Cook Med/High until thickened. You may need to add some more milk if the sauce gets too thick, about 1/4 cup at a time if needed. If the sauce is too thin, add 1 tbsp of flour more at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
  • Add the cheese and cook until melted.
  • P.S.: when I made this in the tuna casserole, I put the cooked, drained, pasta into a large baking dish, poured the sauce over the pasta and sprinkled the cheese on top, rather than cook the cheese into the sauce. Baked this at 375 for about 15 minutes and the cheese melted. It was delicious!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 95gCalories: 71.7kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2.9gFat: 3.7gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 429.7mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 3.6g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Dairy Free, Free Of..., Lactose-free
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