Paleo Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

This paleo spaghetti sauce recipe is very easy to make, and it pairs really well with homemade paleo pasta, spaghetti squash, or roasted cauliflower. It cooks in less than thirty minutes and gets eaten even faster. Plus it’s a paleo recipe that doesn’t require purchasing difficult-to-find produce or “paleo products”. So it also isn’t expensive to make.

Paleo Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 Lb ground beef (lean grass-fed, of course)
  • 1 White onion (or red, or yellow)
  • 5 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 6 Fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 Cup broth
  • 1 1/2 Cups tomato puree (I buy it in a bottle)
  • 1 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • Pine nuts to top/garnish

Making the Paleo Spaghetti Sauce

Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. I prefer cast iron skillets anytime I cook meat because it caramelizes so much better (But any skillet will do in a pinch.)

Add a Tbsp of olive oil into the skillet and brown your beef. Season it with 2 Tsp salt and a bit of freshly cracked black pepper. While that’s browning, dice your onion, garlic, and red bell pepper. Add that to the mix as soon as the ground beef is cooked. Keep cooking the meat and veggies until you get a bit of caramelization on the bottom of the skillet. (The sizzle sound starts to change when this happens.) Cook for a bit with that sizzle then pour your broth into the skillet.

Scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze and let the sauce absorb the flavor sticking to the bottom of the pan. Remove heat to low, then add the tomato puree, italian seasoning, and chopped basil. Continue to cook until the sauce thickens a bit—I’m not a huge fan of watery spaghetti sauce.

When it’s ready, serve the paleo spaghetti sauce over some paleo noodles and top with some roasted pine nuts (since cheese is a no-no for the paleo diet).

I love serving this dish with a fresh spinach salad. The green compliments the red and yellow beautifully.

Note: roasting pine nuts is easy. Just throw a few of them in the oven at 400 degrees for a few minutes…until they start browning a bit.