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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Paleo Spaghetti


  • 1 Lb ground grass-fed beef. (the fattier the better);
  • 2 tbsp butter, lard, tallow or duck fat;
  • 1/4 cup chopped bacon;
  • 1 large onion, chopped and diced;
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced;
  • 3 carrots, diced;
  • 2 celery sticks, diced;
  • 2 tsp dried oregano;
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste;
  • 1 bay leaf;
  • The equivalent of 2 cans whole meaty tomatoes;
  • Optional heavy cream (makes the sauce less acidic);
  • Optional salt and pepper to taste;
  • Fresh parsley for garnishing.


  1. Heat a large dutch oven or pot and add cooking fat. You can use less fat if your ground beef is fatty, but it’s really a question of taste. Cook the ground beef and bacon for about 5 minutes.
    Spaghetti squash
    © / Gary Novosel
  2. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Use the same dutch oven or pot to cook the other ingredients (carrots, celery, onion, garlic and oregano). Cook the vegetables until soft at medium heat.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, ground beef, bacon and bay leaf. You can break the tomatoes a bit, but the cooking process will break anyway.
  5. Optional: season with salt and pepper. You can also add some chili or hot pepper flakes for more heat.
  6. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes.
  7. In the mean time, heat your oven to 350 F.
  8. Cut your spaghetti squashes in half length-wise, remove and discard the seeds.
  9. Put the halves cut side down on a baking sheet and put in the oven for about 28 to 35 minutes. Check on them at around 25 minutes with a fork. It should easily break in strands to form pastas. Make sure not to overcook them because they will become mushy and won’t make pastas.
  10. Once your bolognese sauce is cooked, you can add about 1/2 cup to a cup of heavy cream. This will make the sauce less acidic.
  11. You can now pour a generous amount of the sauce directly on the squashes halves so that it forms its own bowl or you can break the squashes in strands yourself and serve on a plate with the sauce.
  12. As a final touch, when you put the sauce directly on the squash half, you can add some grated pastured and grass-fed cheese on top and broil in the oven for about 5 minutes. This is completely optional and only do this if you consume cheese.
  13. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!

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