Paleo Spaghetti Sauce

I recently discovered Zucchini Noodles. Once that happened, I knew I had to find a paleo spaghetti sauce to go on it. Then I thought “That’s dumb, I could just make my own”. I happened to have a bunch of tomato products in the pantry one day so I grabbed what I had and made a sauce. And it was fantastic! Too bad I didn’t have enough zucchini to make spaghetti for the family, so I ate it all myself. I’m generous like that.

This recipe makes approximately 8 cups, so cut in half if you won’t need that much. OR, you could preserve the rest by canning it, if you’re into that sort of thing. If you are, here are the water-bath directions (NOTE: this is from the Pick Your Own website, I haven’t done this, yet):

EDIT: Judi commented that you shouldn’t water-bath any food with meat in it, so if you’re making this recipe without the meat, you should be fine. Otherwise, stick to pressure canning or freezing the sauce.

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  • Sterilize your jars, lids, and rings.
  • Fill the jars to within ¼-inch of the top, seat the lid and hand-tighten the ring around them.
  • Put the jars in a canner and keep them covered with at least 1 inch of water.
  • Keep the water boiling.
  • Process the jars in a boiling-water bath for 35 minutes for pints and 40 minutes for quarts.


Paleo Spaghetti Sauce | Our Paleo Life

Paleo Spaghetti Sauce

Course Main Course
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Kendra Benson



  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, brown the ground meat until cooked through. Drain excess fat.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add diced onion and garlic to the meat. Cook until onions are slightly translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste and stir to mix well.
  • Add basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Stir well to combine.
  • Reduce heat to Low, cover, and let simmer for about 1 hour. If you can wait 2 hours, that’s even better. The flavors will mix together even more.
  • If your sauce is too thick, you can add some of that reserved juice from the diced tomatoes. I found that I didn’t need to but it’s a personal preference.
  • Serve over Zucchini Noodles for the perfect Paleo Spaghetti.

Last Updated 03/04/2019

22 Responses to “Paleo Spaghetti Sauce”

  1. This sauce was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe (And yay zucchini noodles!)

    • We loved it too! I tried to give it 5 stars but it won’t let me go past 2! So I didn’t rate at all.

  2. I just started this diet and this sauce recipe is the bomb. Thank you for posting it.

  3. The print link the recipe does not work =[

    • I got this one fixed. Looks like a few aren’t working for some reason. I’ll try to go through and get the rest fixed too. Thanks!

  4. I have been canning for 40 years and you should never water bath can any product with meat in it. This product would need to be pressure canned or frozen. That being said…I can’t wait to try this!

    • Oh, thank you so much for this info. I’ll be sure to edit the post to include that.

  5. I just made this sauce and I am not sure about anyone else but it is INTENSELY garlicky! Almost unbearable.


  6. This sauce turned out amazing!! I made a 1/2 batch as a sauce for my roasted spaghetti squash. It has tons of flavor and is a perfect companion for the squash.

  7. As salt is contrary to the Paleo diet, Would you increase your spices? What alternatives do you suggest?


  8. Kendra,
    Thanks so much for the link to our FitSmiths Homestyle Paleo recipe. We love your blog and appreciate the wonderful recipes! Keep up the great work!

  9. Is it truly paleo using canned tomato sauce, paste and tomatoes? I’m new to paleo but I was under the impression that processed foods were not allowed.

    • That’s what I was thinking…and you are right.

  10. ok this is what i am thinking whole30 is all about buying the best food you can afford so this is a great way to lead up to changing over to paleo, or like I like to call it shopping the “wall”. I can’t afford to discard everything in my kitchen. So anything i run out of or need i get the best, this way i can add spices and other thing as i go. right now its no sugar in anything. Also making the spaghetti sauce but i am using spaghetti squash……yum-o

  11. How many servings is this?


  12. Taste is good, but as someone commented before very, very garlicky. I wish I had seen that post before I made it. I must admit, I did a double take when I saw the “tablespoon” directions…but since I enjoy garlic I thought I might as well follow the directions. I will definitely make it again, but cut the powdered garlic in half. Thank you for this recipe!


  13. Taste is good, but as mentioned there is a lot of garlic.I wish I had seen that post before I made it. I must admit, I did a double take when I saw the “tablespoon” directions…but since I enjoy garlic I thought I might as well follow the directions. I will definitely make it again, but cut the powdered garlic in half. Thank you for this recipe!


  14. We loved this sauce! Could you please share the Nutrition Facts? Thanks

  15. Absolutely a strong NO on the water-bath canning meat. ONLY pressure canning is safe for meat according to any canning source material. Also, please consider ALTITUDE in the canning times. Altitude lengthens safe canning times. The risk of severe illness from improperly canned food is high, so please before canning anything, research from several official canning sources. Likewise, do not water-bath alkaline foods. So, no mushrooms or zucchini, if you like to add these to your sauce. Often when canning plain tomatoes it is even recommended to add a little lemon juice or other acidifier for safety, because some tomatoes are more acidic than others. So please do follow readily available safety precautions for canning. Nobody wants botulism; it still can kill and does hospitalize in modern times. That being said, canning is a wonderful kitchen skill, and allows the bounty of the harvest season to extend well through winter without mega-freezer space. I canned up a few types of paleo peach butters this week, and have to can a lot of tomatoes this weekend. Cheers!


  16. I second the request for listing macros. We’ve used this fabulous recipe for Whole 30 (and ever since!) since last November, and now are transitioning to Keto and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have macros listed! PLEEEEeeeeessse?!

  17. What is the serving size so that I can figure out calories, etc?

  18. Just wanted to comment on the garlic. I’m not sure why you would use powdered garlic when fresh garlic is already in there. I would consider just you fresh garlic to the likeness of your garlic flavor and leave out the powdered. Same with the onion powder. It has onion so why do both. Just saying, I am going to make without the powders, wish me luck.


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