Paleo Spaghetti, this is a meal that was included as a suggestion in our paleo diet recipes. Wait.. Isn’t spaghetti NOT included in the paleo diet? Well, yes. Traditional spaghetti with pasta is not paleo because pasta was discovered in the agricultural era. But guess what?! We found a way to cheat so we can still eat one of the most traditional American-home meals!
And without further ado, I present with you, the recipe!
- 1 pound of grass fed beef
- 2 tomatoes
- 1/2 of an onion
- 2 cans of organic tomato paste (we don’t want anything processed with a bunch of crap here!)
- 1 small garlic clove
- Pepper (optional)
- Italian Seasoning (optional, make sure it’s paleo Italian. No processed salty stuff)
- 1 large spaghetti squash (ahh see how we cheated there?!)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Avocado (optional)
Supplies (if you don’t already have these in your kitchen, you shouldn’t be cooking!)
- A pan/skillet
- A medium sized pot
- A cookie sheet
- A knife
- A cutting board
- Tin foil
If you’ve already been paleo for a while, you should already have most of these ingredients. If this is your first paleo meal and you don’t have any, don’t worry! This gives you a chance to explore your grocery store and learn where you need to go in the future! Just stay away from the bakery section, I made that mistake the first time I went shopping paleo, and ‘what do ya know’, I came home with three boxes of cookies!
Okay, once you’ve purchased everything you need to (which, depending on where you go, should amount to less than $15, woo-hoo!), and you’re ready to start, we need to get everything prepared.
- First, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit please, not Celsius!)
- As it’s warming up, chop up the onions all nice and small
- Mince up the garlic
- Chop up your tomatoes. Big pieces or small pieces, it’s up to you and how you like your sauce
- Take your spaghetti squash and cut it in half. Then take the two pieces and scoop all the goop out with a spoon. Throw it away, we don’t need it.
- Take your two hollowed out spaghetti squash and drizzle the olive oil over the hollowed out portions. Sprinkle some pepper on top of them if you’d like.
- Let the oil soak in for about 30 seconds or so, flip them face down on the cookie sheet with tin foil on it, and place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes.
Next, we will need to make the sauce:
- While the squash is cooking, put your pan on the stove and turn it on to about medium heat.
- Throw in a dab of olive oil and the diced onions, let them sizzle in there till they are all getting a golden brown color, then add the minced garlic and mix it around for about 30 seconds or so.
- Now throw in the meat, chop it up, and mix it in with the onions and garlic. If you want some seasoning, now would be the time to put it in. Continue stirring and chopping until the meat is a nice brown color. Once it’s brown and fully cooked, take it off the stove and let it sit for a minute.
- While the meat is sitting, grab your pot, 2 cans of tomato paste, and tomato chunks. Combine the tomato paste and tomato chunks in the pot and heat on low heat.
- Now dump in the meat, onions, and garlic mix into the tomato pot. Stir everything together and let it sit covered on a very low heat setting (if your sauce is too thick, feel free to add some water to the mix!)
- Pull your spaghetti squash out of the oven once it is ready, and flip over the two halves so they are “hollow up”. Now use a fork to scoop out the part of the spaghetti squash that you want to eat (obviously, this is the inside that looks like spaghetti noodles!)
- Okay, here comes the most difficult part of this paleo diet recipe.. Put the spaghetti squash on a plate, plop the sauce on top, and chow down! For an added bonus, chop up the avocado and throw it on top of your spaghetti. I personally have played around with this recipe and LOVE the flavor that the avocado adds to this mixture!
So, hopefully everything turns out well and it’s nice and paleo for you! This is one of my all-time favorite paleo diet recipes and is very easy to make once you get the hang of it, and doesn’t cost much at all (like I said earlier, about $15)!
For some good information on healthy fats, check out our article Fats in the Paleo Diet for Weight Loss.
If you have any other fun paleo diet recipes that you would like to see displayed on here, please ask so we can let everyone know!