How can a Tuscan pasta dish be AIP friendly? If you’re feeling best on an AIP (autoimmune paleo) diet, you’re probably staying away from nightshades like tomatoes, not to mention grains, which are excluded on AIP as well. But you can still enjoy this one dish meal – thanks to tomato sauce options like Nomato, a veggie based marinara sauce with zero tomatoes in it. Some AIP eaters can manage by eating smaller amounts of sauce that is free of seeds and skins, like BioNature Strained Tomatoes. And others may be fine with a sauce that simply meets criteria for Specific Carbohydrate Diet, like Rao’s Marinara Sauce. Whichever you choose for this recipe, all are sugar free, and the recipe uses a relatively scant amount as a last step – making the amount of tomato in each serving small (and zero if you use Nomato sauce).
The other piece that makes this a welcome option for AIP or SCD eaters is using grain free pasta. Options exist for lentil pasta, almond flour pasta, or pastas made from cassava flour or chick peas. Choose what works in your house and enjoy.
The beans in this recipe are flexible too. I’ve tried green beans, wax beans, and Navy beans in this recipe and any are suitable and delicious. You can opt for your favorite Italian sausage too. My preference for this recipe is Mulay’s Mild Italian sausage, though bratwurst can work too. And my all time favorite olive option is Asaro Organic Castelvetrano Pitted Green Olives. I’ve found them stocked often at Costco too, which is a good thing because I keep snacking on them!
This recipe evolved by what my mom used to call “enthusiasm” dishes – that is, you put everything you’ve got into it. Two key flavor elements are the lemon juice and the bacon fat; I reserve bacon drippings and store them in my fridge. When my cupboards are getting a little bare – that’s when I get the most creative, and that’s how this recipe came about. It’s a keeper!