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Paleo Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

This is a picture of Chase and Nan. Nan’s parent immigrated to America from Italy. She grew up speaking Italian, and more importantly COOKING Italian.

On a monthly basis, Chase can be heard wistfully recalling Nan’s cooking. He loves everything she cooks, especially her spaghetti with meatballs the size of softballs.

I realize that trying to duplicate Nan’s Spaghetti with Meatballs is a lost cause. There is no way I can replicate the magical nature of her cooking technique, nor the grandmotherly love she puts into each one of those meatballs.

With that being said, I am not above trying to make a killer meat sauce and yesterday I decided to do just that.

I cooked and shredded two small spaghetti squashes to provide Paleo “noodles” for me.  For Chase, a complete squash hater, I cooked up some Italian pasta.

For the sauce, I browned the beef and then allowed the sauce to simmer in the slow-cooker all day. For me, Sunday’s are the quintessential crockpot day. I love having the aroma of dinner wafting through the air all day. However, you can easily just simmer this on the stove.

This is literally SUCH an easy recipe. It took about 15 minutes to assemble.

Sally Anne’s Not Nan’s (but still Yummy) Meat Sauce

1 1/2 lb. ground beef (ground turkey or tofu could be easily substituted)

1 small onion (chopped)

4 cloves garlic (minced)

2 cans (28oz) Crushed tomatoes

1 (14 oz) can Tomato paste

1 can Tomato paste

2 tsp. Oregano

2 tsp. Basil (I used 2 tbsp. fresh basil from our plant)

1 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp Italian seasonings

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Dash of sugar (cuts the acidity of the tomatoes)

1 Beef Boullion cube

1) Place beef, onion, and garlic in a saucepan coated with olive oil and cook 5-10 minutes until browned

2) While the beef is cooking pour all other ingredients in slow-cooker or stock pot.

3) Pour beef, onion, and garlic into tomato/spice mixture

4) Cook on low 4 hours in crockpot or simmer 1 hour on stove

5) Enjoy over spaghetti squash or noodles!

Chase LOVED this meal. He could not stop saying, “YUM!”

That is success in my book!

Do you like Italian food? What is your favorite Italian dish?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

13 responses »

  1. I’m weird in that I actually don’t like Italian food all that much! I’m not a fan of tomatoes, so I tend to stay away from red sauce.

  2. ahh yummm! I’ve never tried the spaghetti squash as noodles craze yet, but I know I would love it! I miss my grandmother’s italian cooking as well, nothing ever ever will compare.

  3. I love Italian! Esp. lasagne. This looks great, and I love the name 😉

  4. Looks delish! I love me some spaghetti squash, especially with pesto!! I am not a big italian fan, it always upsets my tummy but when I would eat it I would roll with tortellini – kind of boring but it seemed to bother me the least!

  5. I do like Italian! It’s probably my third fave after Mexican and Mediterannean. Lol. But I ❤ lasagna!!

  6. Yumm give me some Italian food… it’s a staple in my family! My mom is half-Italian 🙂 My favorite dish is either lasagna or eggplant parm!

  7. LOVE Italian food! …It is wonderful! When I moved to New York and got to eat some true food cooked by Italians, I feel even deeper in love! They always wanted to pleas you and make something you would love! Food is meant to be loved and I truly appreciated every experience in an family Italian eatery!
    Way to go, even if they aren’t Nan’s 🙂

  8. italian food is totally my fav! and i love love loveeee spaghetti squash 🙂

  9. This looks AMAZING! I’m absolutely going to try it. I’ve never tried the spaghetti squash as noodles bit, but everyone raves about it, going to have to just do it. Thanks for the great recipe!

  10. I love eggplant and chicken parmesan, minus the breading. Something about the cooked veggie and meat with red sauce and cheese. Swoon! Love it!

    Do you only use spaghetti squash? Have you ever tried zuchinni?

    This looks SO GOOD! And it’s funny because I planned to eat pasta tonight!

  11. Looks yummy! I’m with you, the smell of something cooking all day is the best. My grandmother is Italian and she never wrote any of her recipes down. She made it from memory each time and it was always the best sauce I had ever tasted.

  12. This looks so easy and flavourful!! When you leave beef, tomatoes and lots of herbs, garlic and onions to simmer its very difficult to go TOO wrong!! xox – ps Louis is the same re; the spaghetti squash. He gets angry that its even CALLED spaghetti squash!

  13. I assume you mean a 14 oz can of tomato SAUCE and not paste? As you also have paste listed as the next ingredient. (PS – Beef bouillon cubes and sugar are not paleo. Just sayin’!)


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