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Recipe: Quick Pasta

This is the recipe I made for the Paleo Webinar. It came about one day when I was really craving Italian “comfort food”. I looked in the fridge and saw some pre-cooked hamburger and veal and spaghetti squash. Having pre-cooked meat and veggies like squash, cauliflower rice and such makes meals a total breeze.  From there, it was all experimentation. I whipped up some Italian seasoning (This can be store-bought spice mix or make your  own), grabbed garlic and tomato paste and cooked this off.  It turned out to be a mega hit in this house and is still on rotation. I hope you enjoy it!


This comes together in minutes with a little bit of prep.

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (or 2-3 Tbsp minced garlic, or as much as you can stand)
  • 1 lbs cooked hamburger
  • 1 lbs cooked veal (or chicken or pork)
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 spaghetti squash, cooked and separated into strands
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • water or stock

Heat the oil in a pan. Add onion and cook until it starts to become translucent. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the meat and warm through. Add the tomato paste and enough water or stock to thin it out some. You aren’t looking for a “sauce” but you don’t want clumps of paste. Add the seasoning and finally the squash.  Heat through and serve.

Spaghetti squash

Heat the oven to 375. Split the squash in half and scrape out all the seeds and the icky stringy stuff around the seeds. Place  squash halves face down on a cookie sheet Sprinkle 3 Tbsp of water around the halves and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully flip them face up to cool. When cool enough to handle, scrape the strands out into a bowl.

Italian Seasoning

(credit: from Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan)

  • 4 tsp EACH dried parsley, oregano, basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic (otherwise known as dried minced garlic. garlic powder works just fine if you don’t have the dried minced stuff)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional, can skip if doing AI Paleo)

Mix all in an air tight bowl. Store out of direct sunlight.

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