Spicy Paleo Spaghetti Sauce

Spicy Paleo Spaghetti Sauce

COURSE: Entrée

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I make this paleo spaghetti sauce approximately every three weeks.  It is easy to make, doesn’t require much prep, and lasts for days while tasting just as good as it did the first day.  I usually make extra just to have enough to freeze for days when I’m in too much of a hurry to cook. Plus, it totally hits the spot when you get that itch for pasta that you know you shouldn’t scratch.  I really do think that most people that say they love pasta really just love all of the delicious sauces and meats that pasta is served with. But guess what?! Never fear, because this classic spaghetti sauce is 100% PALEO spaghetti sauce.

The Paleo Noodle Discussion

There are really two primary options for the “spaghetti” you might want to serve this paleo spaghetti sauce with.  You’re never really going to be tricked into thinking you’re eating pasta, but both options stand up pretty well on their own without needing to pose as something they’re  not. My favorites are spiralized zucchini noodles and baked spaghetti squash noodles. If you like thin, soft pasta, spaghetti squash is the right answer for you.  If you like bigger, al dente noodles, you may really like zucchini noodles. I haven’t included either as a part of this recipe, so you’ll need to refer to those separately. However, note that you will probably want to prepare your noodles before starting your sauce in both cases. The baked spaghetti squash will be done at about the same time as the sauce, and the zucchini noodles (if you’ve chosen to sauté them) will have let out most of their water.  

Also note that for the zucchini noodles, you really need a spiralizer to do the job right. I’ll be honest with you- I didn’t buy one at first because it seemed silly to buy something I was only going to use to make zucchini noodles. My mom finally got one for me, and I gotta tell you- I use it an absolute minimum of once every week. Carrots, zucchini, summer squash… one of my favorite 5 minute recipes is a cold summer salad made of zucchini noodles, and I never would have tried it out if my mom hadn’t gotten me the spiralizer. Do yourself a favor and get it- it is worth the money.

Additional Options

If you want to change things up, I like to substitute the chopped zucchini with peeled and chopped chayote squash, and sometimes add in chopped summer squash for additional veggie content.  I’ll substitute the zucchini especially if I’m going to be using zucchini noodles, just to try and get some variety.  

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Paleo Spaghetti Sauce

paleo spaghetti sauce

By Published: November 17, 2012

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Ready In: 55 mins

This delicious spicy paleo spaghetti sauce is easy to make, doesn't require much prep, and lasts for days.



  1. In a large soup pot, melt coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and zucchini to the pot. Cook until onion begins to get translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring periodically to keep the vegetables from burning.
    onions and zucchini
  3. Add the ground beef and mushrooms to the pot with the onions and zucchini. Break apart with a spatula, and cook until browned and no pink remains, turning regularly with the spatula.
  4. To make sure your sauce is nice and thick, drain off or ladle out most of the liquid that has collected.
  5. Add the spices and salt (but not the basil), and mix in with the beef.
  6. Pour in the two cans of sauce, the diced tomatoes and the olives. Turn heat up to medium high, and bring to a boil while stirring regularly.
  7. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring periodically to make sure nothing burns on the bottom.
  8. If the sauce is too runny because you skipped the draining step, remove lid and turn heat up to medium, stirring regularly to burn off extra liquid. You can also remove a cup of hot liquid and stir in a teaspoon or so of arrowroot before stirring back into the pot to help thicken the sauce.
  9. When it has reached a preferred consistency, remove from heat and serve over your chosen paleo spaghetti substitute.
    paleo spaghetti sauce

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