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Perfect Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Although we eat a gluten-free diet, we still love Italian food. My homemade spaghetti sauce makes eating gluten-free delicious. The below recipe can be made using grass-fed beef or as a vegetarian dish by replacing the meat with spinach.

Mama Z's Spaghetti Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (16-ounce) package gluten-free spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground meat (grass-fed beef or turkey) OR 1 pound spinach (optional)
  • 1 medium onion or 1Ā½ tablespoon dried onion
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can organic Roma or garden fresh tomatoes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can organic Italian spiced or garden fresh tomatoes
  • 1 small can organic tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Handful of organic carrots or beets
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Ā½ teaspoon white pepper, finely ground
  • Fresh chopped or dried basil, oregano, parsley & thyme to taste
Instructions
  1. If using meat, brown 1 pound of ground meat and set aside. Brown onion and garlic in extra-virgin olive oil. If using meat then combine it back with the onion and garlic back in the pan. Blend both cans of tomatoes or the fresh tomatoes from the garden with the can of tomato paste, red wine, carrots, and/or beets. (You will need to do this in 1-2 parts depending on the size of your blender).
  2. Cook for a while to evaporate all the alcohol from the wine. This will help your sauce not be acidic. Add 1 large bay leaf, maple syrup, sea salt, pepper and herbs to taste.
  3. Prepare your gluten-free pasta by heating the water to boiling with sea salt. Add pasta and some olive oil to prevent sticking. Cook until the minimum cooking time is reached and then shut the burner off for a few more minutes. Then drain off liquid and place plain spaghetti back in pot with some olive oil to prevent sticking.
  4. Once meal is completed, put plain pasta in container with olive oil. Reheat in hot liquid.

I have been known to make this homemade spaghetti sauce when hosting guests or preparing a meal to deliver to a new mom.

What is your favorite ingredient to add to your spaghetti sauce?

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This post currently has 13 comments.

  1. Joy
    June 11, 2017

    A teaspoon of curry powder adds just a bit of zing to the sauce (and is a good source of spices, including turmeric).

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    • Dr. Z
      June 11, 2017

      Yes, yum!

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  2. TTMatthewTomas
    June 11, 2017

    I strongly urge those who may be concerned to NEVER use tomatoes from a can. The vast majority of cans are lined with toxic, endocrine-disrupting BPAs. Tomatoes are actually the worst of all foods to eat from a can. Because of their acidic nature, canned tomatoes leech the highest amount of BPAs from can linings. Better, and harder to find, are organic tomatoes packed in glass. Make sure to check the label for added sugars or other unnecessary ingredients. But of course, best of all, always use fresh and organic!

    Another concern to some may be the high amount of lectins in tomatoes. Also found in high amounts in wheat and other seeds of the grass family, beans, soy and other legumes, peanuts, eggplants, potatoes, bell peppers and other members of the nightshade family, lectins MAY trigger a highly inflammatory response in some people.

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  3. Stella
    June 11, 2017

    How long do you simmer the sauce?
    1 hour, 2 hours?
    I make my own sauces too but want to try using the wine.
    Thank you

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    • Dr. Z
      June 11, 2017

      Hi Stella,

      Simmer as long as it takes to reach the consistency desired. We like our sauce THICK so we simmer all night! šŸ™‚

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  4. Paula
    June 11, 2017

    I made this recipe but I used “zoodles” (zucchini) instead of pasta. There are a lot of other veggies that can be used. It’s a way to eat more veggies šŸ˜‰ It was delicious!

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    • Dr. Z
      June 11, 2017

      Sounds yummy!

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  5. Joyce
    March 1, 2017

    Where do you get organic canned tomatoes, tomato paste, gluten free spaghetti, white pepper and organic maple syrup?

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    • Dr. Z
      March 1, 2017

      Your local health food store should carry all of these items. šŸ™‚

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  6. Carolyn Wall
    August 13, 2016

    I love your banana bread! It’s delicious! I look forward to making your lazanna too. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipes!

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    • Dr. Z
      August 14, 2016

      Thanks Carolyn! Mama Z’s recipes are the best! šŸ™‚

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  7. Wanda
    June 13, 2016

    I spent hours making your apple crisp and lemon tea bread they did not taste good to us.i was bummed lot of money an time and followed directions completely!!

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    • Customer Support
      June 13, 2016

      I am sorry you didn’t care for them. Sometimes healthier foods with alternative ingredients is an acquired taste. When you’re used to eating these things, they taste delicious. When you’re used to eating traditional recipes maybe not so much.

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