Paleo Pasta with Hot Italian Sausage

paleo pastaYou have to try this Paleo Pasta recipe. Seriously, if you are on a Paleo diet or any diet this will become one of your favorite meals. What I like most about it (aside from it being so delish) is that it is sooooo easy to make! Everything is just thrown into a baking dish and popped in the oven and you can do other things while dinner is cooking. It only takes a few minute of prep time too. It is also very versatile so you can either use the ingredients I have listed or you can just use whatever veggies you have on hand to cover your Paleo pasta and it will still taste awesome. You can even substitute the meat using mild sausage, chicken or meatballs.

Paleo Pasta with Hot Italian Sausage

Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash

2 cups fresh cherry, grape or campari tomatoes

1 onion, coarsely chopped

1 green pepper, sliced

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 zucchini, diced

1/2 c black or green olives (pitted)

1 bunch fresh basil, torn

1 tsp oregano

4-5 cloves of garlic, minced or thinly sliced

1 pkg hot Italian sausage (or meat of your choice)

extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

6 oz. can of tomato paste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

Cook your spaghetti squash so it will be ready at the same time as your pasta. So about 15-20 minutes before your sauce is done if you are microwaving it as in the video below. Or you can cut it in half and scoop out the seeds, rub some olive oil and seasoning on it and bake in the oven at the same time as your sauce. Whichever you find easiest.

Place all of the other ingredients except the tomato paste into a shallow baking dish. I like to squeeze the sausage out of the casings into meatball sized pieces but you can just put the whole sausages in if you prefer them whole. Now generously drizzle the top with olive oil. Toss the ingredients so they are coated with the oil. Cover with foil. Pop it into the oven and slow roast for about 40-50 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes. You can cook it less time if you like but the longer you roast it, the sweeter and more flavorful the tomatoes get and the more the flavors mix.

When everything is cooked, stir the tomato paste into your roasted sauce. This thickens up the juices in the pan and gives you a less watery sauce. Use a fork to string your squash into spaghetti and spoon the sauce over top. Spaghetti squash makes a perfect Paleo pasta, very few carbs and loads of vitamins.

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