Monday, January 19, 2009

Paleo Spaghetti

This is my favorite recipe for spaghetti. I usually serve the sauce over spaghetti squash, but I think it's also really good on top of steamed broccoli. Leftover sauce is yummy on or in eggs.

For a nutritional boost, lately I've been adding in 1/4 lb ground heart to any recipe that calls for 1 lb ground beef. Heart is just muscle meat, so it doesn't change the taste or texture at all. It's a great way to sneak in some organ meats.

ingredients for sauce:
1 lb ground beef
1/4 lb ground heart (optional)
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 14 oz can diced or crushed fire roasted tomatoes
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 tsp dried oregano
pinch of dried rosemary, optional
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
1 tsp sea salt

Heat the olive oil and brown the ground beef, onions, and garlic over medium heat. Add all the remaining ingredients. Bring to a bubble, partially cover and simmer on low heat for 35 minutes.

ingredients for "noodles":
1 medium spaghetti squash

Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Put in a microwave safe container, cover, and cook on high for 10 minutes in the microwave. Leave covered for 10 minutes. Remove squash and string with a fork.

If you don't want to use the microwave (this is one of the few things I actually microwave because it's so much easier than the alternative), I would recommend steaming over roasting for this particular dish.


Anonymous said...


I never tried microwaving the squash, but that's an idea I'll try. I usually cut it in half, put either olive or flax seed oil + pepper on it and bake cut-side down.

A third way to cook it is discussed over by Richard at Free the Animal who puts it in the oven whole:

Cooking it first sounds like it is a LOT easier to cut in half. Great idea about the organ meats in the sauce.

BTW - made the butternut souffle and the almond meal fried chicken last week. Tasted great; made wife happy. Thanks.


Elizabeth said...

Some squashes are hard to cut when they're raw, but that's what I have a big old cleaver for. :) Some of them cut pretty easily though.

Glad to hear the butternut souffle and almond chicken went down well!

Rumela said...

Thanks a lot. Paleo spaghetti is an interesting recipe. At last I have found something interesting and unique to serve to my guests during the holidays. I am sure that they'll love this Paleo spaghetti.

Love pirate said...

Thank you, as a paleo newbie this is the closest to food I "used to eat" and it tasted great. Will definatly be making again. Our one add to the sauce was zuchini. Thanks again for sharing!

Jessie Strange said...

This is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

I made this today!! They loved it thanks!!!

Jens said...

Where do you get organ hearts at if you dont mind me asking? A local butcher perhaps?

Unknown said...

maximum tastiness

J9 said...

This is my fav. paleo dish so far! Besides having a hard time cutting the squash, it came out incredible! I look forward to making it again!

Momat32 said...

For cutting squash, at Halloween grocery stores sell little "saws" for cutting pumpkins. I use those year round to saw hard squash in half for baking. Another alternative--puncture it in a few spots then heat in oven for about 20 minutes till it is soft enough to easily cut in half and continue baking.

Anonymous said...

I love this sauce! I'm new to cooking and paleo so this was simple and my favorite dish yet . I think the kick in the cayanne is great touch. I added fresh basil and used zucchini noodles sliced thin and just sauteed them in pan and topped w sauce!

Wendie said...

No need to even cut the squash. Stab it a number of times (be careful) and throw the whole thing in the microwave for 14 minutes. Done!

Unknown said...

Thanks for making this with beef! Great recipe, simple, tasty ;)!

Viagra said...

That looks so delicious!

Robyn said...

LOVED this! Thank you for the recipe. Will definitely be making again and again!

Anonymous said...

I just started the Whole30 and was looking for a spaghetti recipe I could eat. Made your Paleo Spaghetti for dinner tonight. It was delicious and so easy to make! Even kids liked it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

JBillings said...

Sound good BUT should I be using canned food on Paleo? Do you have a recipe for homemade sauce? just wondering:) JB