Paleo Spaghetti Bolognese Bake
Craving a big bowl of pasta? This Paleo spaghetti bolognese bake is simply magical.
What is Bolognese Anyway?
Although I might have had you at “spaghetti,” not everyone understands the difference between, say, bolognese and marinara.
Bolognese is a meaty sauce. Like, “would you like some sauce with that meat” kinds of proportions. Your vegetarian pals would definitely not approve.
This hearty sauce is often cooked slowly, sometimes with cream added.
Marinara is a simple tomato sauce. It’s typically made with just a few ingredients like fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil.
How to Make Paleo Pasta
In this recipe, the problem for Paleo lies not in the sauce, but in the noodles. The meat, tomato sauce, tomatoes, onion, and so forth used for the sauce don’t cause any issues for your Paleo palate.
I will note the use of avocado oil rather than vegetable or canola oil. The short reason is that avocado oil is better for you; the long version is that super processed oils are making you crazy, fat, and dead.
As for the pasta, we will avoid the wheat-based noodles from the box. I suggest zucchini noodles for this bolognese bake.
If you have a spiralizer, you can make your own “zoodles,” or zucchini noodles. If not, you might be able to find pre-spiralized zucchini noodles at the grocery store. I love that!
Spaghetti squash is another solid option for this bake, although I find it takes more work to get the strands loose. It sure tastes good though!
Shirataki noodles are another solid choice for this Paleo bolognese recipe. They don’t require much prep and have an authentic texture and mild taste.
If carbs are not an issue for you, sweet potato noodles are also an excellent choice.
More Paleo Pasta Options
I’ve taken you through a few gluten-free and Paleo pasta options, but there are more where that came from. This article shares even more Paleo pasta tips, tricks, and recipes.
If you want even more recipes, this article shares 37 delicious Paleo pasta recipes. Get creative with some festive pumpkin pasta, bake a scrumptious zucchini lasagna, or even indulge in some Paleo ravioli (this one is primal and contains cheese).
Going Paleo means you have to make some adjustments, but it does not mean cutting Italian food out of your life.
There are many saucy dishes to sink your fork into!
A meaty sauce that’s prime for Paleo
- 2 lbs (900 g) of ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) avocado oil, to cook with
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 can (400 g) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (400 g) tomato sauce
- 6 cloves of garlic, finely diced or minced
- 1 cup (32 g) fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- 2 zucchinis, spiralized or shredded or peeled into long noodle-like strands
- Extra basil leaves, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
- Sauté the ground beef and onions for 10 minutes on high heat with the avocado oil.
- Pour the ground beef, onions, basil, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and garlic into a large baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
- Then carefully stir in the zucchini noodles, let sit for 5 minutes, and serve.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 406
- Sugar: 5 g
- Fat: 31 g
- Carbohydrates: 10 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 21 g