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Recipe: Paleo Zucchini "Fettuccine" with Meat Sauce

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I have a confession: I don't own any fancy kitchen gadgets. I need one of those spiral things that turn vegetables into noodles, but I don't have one. While I want a juicer and an espresso maker with a steam wand and a food processor, I'm also in that weird liminal space between forgetting your kitchen things in storage and creating a wedding registry full of awesome stuff that other people will probably buy for you. Normal, right?

Whether you're with me or not, you can still make Paleo pasta with zucchini with just a vegetable peeler.

Three or four zucchini
One pound of grass-fed beef
Half an onion
One can of crushed tomatoes
Garlic (fresh or powder), crushed red pepper
Olive oil, salt, pepper

1. Chop onion and add it to a large pan with some olive oil.
2. Once the onions are sauteed well, add beef. 
Season with salt, pepper, and a few shakes of crushed red pepper.
3. Brown meat and when it's cooked through, add can of tomatoes and reduce heat to low.
4. With vegetable peeler, slice zucchini into flat, long noodles (see image below). Don't cut yourself!
5. Transfer meat sauce from pan to a bowl and quickly saute zucchini noodles with some more olive oil and about a teaspoon of garlic.
6. To serve, plate the noodles and spoon meat sauce on top. Enjoy!



  1. Yum! I bought a julienne peeler on Amazon that I use all the time to make my "zoodles." I like the idea of making thicker strands with just a regular peeler!

  2. I've had not so great luck with zoodles, despite the fact that I own one of those spiralizer things. Unfortunately, I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. But until I figure it out, spaghetti squash with meat sauce is my go-to paleo lunch, especially in the fall and winter. It hits the spot every time.

  3. I've had not so great luck with zoodles, despite the fact that I own one of those spiralizer things. I wish I knew what I was doing wrong. Until I figure it out, though, spaghetti squash with meat sauce is my go-to paleo lunch.

  4. Zucchini noodles?! Why hasn't it occurred to me to try these? Adding to the dinner list right now... ;)

  5. Ah, what a great idea!! I, too have a list of kitchen items I would love (like one of those spiral-ers and a food processor), but just haven't gone out of my way to buy!

  6. I love this! I totally have a list of things I would love, like one of those spiral-ers and a food processor, but just haven't gotten around to buying yet, so it's awesome to see some alternatives!

  7. I'm going to have to try this soon -- I've only used zucchini as noodles in soups, but this looks fantastic and delicious!

  8. I love this idea! I'll have to try it sometime.

    Have you ever done a post on what you eat throughout the day? I ask because my sister follows a paleo diet and what I found most interesting was when she ate certain meals. I was curious if that's part of the diet or if it worked the best with her schedule.


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