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paleo meat sauce over spaghetti squash in a bowl


Mary Vance, NC
Easy meat sauce that tastes just like your Italian Grandma's!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, diced more if you want.
  • 1 pound ground beef, bison, or turkey
  • 1 pound ground pork or Italian sausage
  • 1 24 oz jar tomato sauce (I like varieties with garlic or basil)
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (I like the ones with Italian spice or basil) or ~2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp or more fresh chopped or dried herbs of your choice
  • splash tamari


  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium to medium-high heat til shimmering.
  • Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, then add garlic. Don't let the garlic burn, so keep an eye on the heat. Sauté it all together about 7-10 minutes til translucent.
  • Add ground meat to onion mixture and break up thoroughly so it browns evenly, about 7 minutes. Season with a bit of sea salt and pepper.
  • Add jar of tomato sauce and stir.
  • Add diced tomatoes & tomato paste. Stir.
  • Bring to a simmer.
  • Add herbs, a splash of red wine and/or balsamic vinegar, and/or splash tamari.
  • Let simmer gently for at least an hour until very thick. Stir occasionally and taste to correct seasonings.
  • Serve over pasta alternative of your choice. Top with freshly chopped basil and/or parmesan.
Keyword meat sauce, paleo
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