Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

This easy Italian meat sauce recipe is my probably my all-time favorite pasta sauce recipe! It’s an easy homemade meat sauce recipe that is hearty and flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight meal. Make this healthy meat sauce with ground turkey or ground beef, and let it cook nice and slow! It’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, and so yummy! Serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for low carb, or gluten-free pasta!

Italian meat sauce recipe

Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

I LOVE Italian dishes. Especially a quick and delicious meat sauce! I often make my favorite Italian dishes into healthy versions that I love to dig into, weekly. This spaghetti meat sauce is delicious, always a hit and so versatile! Serve it over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, the options are endless! I often make a big batch to have for the week, and I never get sick of it!

How do you make meat sauce
If you love meat sauce, try this spaghetti sauce in these recipes:

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Want other healthier pasta recipes? Try these favorites:

How Do You Make Meat Sauce

Lexi's Meat Sauce

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large organic carrot stalks, chopped
  • 1 lb. organic grass-fed beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish
  • Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
  • Optional: Garnish with fresh Basil

Directions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add onion, carrots, and peppers to saucepan. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften.
  3. Add meat to saucepan and let cook until brown and no pink remains.
  4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, and 1 tablespoon fresh basil to the pan and mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and remove from heat.
  6. In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in zucchini noodles and red pepper flakes and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
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Açaí Smoothie Bowl (Vegan & Gluten Free!)

Acai Smoothie Bowls (Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Açaí Smoothie Bowl is the perfect refreshing and nourishing treat for warm Spring and Summer days! Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free! We love topping ours with gluten-free granola, a mix of berries, and bee pollen for a pop of color and added protein!

Acai Bowl recipe

Açaí Bowl

Acai + mixed berries = the ultimate antioxidant treat! I made these bowls inspired by a favorite smoothie shop of mine, Robeks and absolutely love them! Get creative with the toppings for a fun, flavorful, and healthy breakfast!

What is an acai bowl made of?

  • Frozen Acai
  • Raspberries
  • Banana
  • Nut milk
  • Sweetener of choice
  • Optional: protein powder 
  • Toppings!

How do you make an acai bowl

If you like this smoothie bowl recipe, try this one, too!

Acai Bowl Toppings:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Bee Pollen
  • Crunchy Granola
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Nuts or seeds of choice

How can I thicken my acai bowl?

Start with less milk, and add more as desired until it reaches your desired thickness. You want the base of the acai bowl to be thick & scoop able, definitely not watery.

How do you make an acai bowl

Açaí Smoothie Bowl

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1, 16 ounce bowl

Ingredients

    Acai Bowl

    • 1 frozen organic unsweetened Açaí pack. *You can find this in the frozen fruit isle in your local grocery store! We got ours at Whole Foods Market.
    • 1/2 banana, frozen
    • 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, more as needed
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
    • Optional: 1 scoop grass-fed whey protein powder (Use code LEXI for 10% off)

    Toppings

    • 1/4 cup paleo granola
    • 1 banana, sliced thin
    • 1 strawberry, sliced thin
    • Handful of raspberries
    • 1/2 teaspoon bee pollen

    Directions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
    2. Blend until smooth.
    3. Pour into a bowl, garnish with desired toppings and devour!

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    Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

    Sausage Peppers and Onions | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This low-carb and keto-friendly Sausage, Peppers, and Onion, one-pan dish is made in just twenty-minutes! Such a perfect sausage and peppers recipe for any night of the week.

    How to make Sausage and PeppersSausage, Peppers, and Onions

    Did you know that peppers are at their growing season peak right now? I was over at my favorite little farm and they had a bin with the most beautiful looking peppers, so I just had to get a bunch! This dish went over big time here.

    This is the EASIEST sausage and peppers recipe! It is made in one skillet, is so flavorful, and you can use chicken sausage, pork sausage, or any sausage you like! I like to find ones with minimal added ingredients.

    Chicken Sausage and Peppers with cauliflower rice

    It is flavorful, comforting, and just plain delicious with the perfect amount of sauce. A great dish for football Sunday or those nights when you need a quick and easy meal!

    How to make Sausage and Peppers

    Sausage Peppers and Onions on a plate

    You can get creative with how you serve this dish! I love it served over roasted spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice but I bet it would be great with gluten-free pasta or spiralized veggies as well! This sausage and peppers recipe is Paleo friendly, whole30 compliant, dairy-free, grain-free, and no sugar added!

    Like this easy skillet recipe? Try these other favorite one pan meals!

    Sausage, Peppers, & Onions

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or just until fragrant.
    2. Add sliced onions, bell peppers, and poblano pepper to the skillet; let cook until the onion is translucent.
    3. Add cooked sausage to the large skillet with the peppers and onions and cook for 1-2 minutes.
    4. Pour in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and spices. Mix well.
    5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
    6. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
    7. Serve over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta!

    Recipe Notes

    • *If you are using uncooked chicken sausage, remove the casing and cook the chicken sausage and garlic together in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the sausage is brown on both sides. This should take around 5 minutes, stirring often.
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    Southwestern Hummus Dip

    Southwestern Baked Hummus Dip [vegetarian] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    If you love southwestern flavors, this Southwestern Hummus Dip is for you! It is such a fabulous vegetarian dip for entertaining or to enjoy as a snack! If you haven’t made my first hummus dip and you are skeptical about baked hummus, I promise, it is so so good.

    Southwestern Baked Hummus Dip | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Veggies, beans, and spices; cooked to perfection! Baked hummus is my new go-to game day dip because it is so easy to make and is perfect for prepping ahead of time. I throw it all together and top it with cheese, then cover and refrigerate until ready for baking. Simply bake, add your garnishes, and serve!

     

    Southwestern Baked Hummus Dip | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Go ahead and garnish! Then grab veggies and tortilla chips, and get dipping!

    Southwestern Baked Hummus Dip | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Southwestern Hummus Dip

    Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Serves 6

    Ingredients

    • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
    • 1 yellow onion, diced
    • 1 red pepper, diced
    • 1 green pepper, diced
    • 1 can black beans, strained and washed well
    • 2 cups spinach
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, more to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, more to taste
    • 2 ears fresh corn, cooked (we boiled ours for 5 minutes)
    • 2-10 ounce tub of Sabra hummus

    Garnishes

    • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, more as desired
    • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
    • 1 red onion, diced

    For Dipping

    • tortilla chips
    • 2 cucumbers, sliced thinly for dipping
    • 1 carrot, sliced thinly for dipping

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
    3. Add the onions, peppers, and spices to the skillet. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the peppers start to soften about 3-5 minutes.
    4. Add the black beans, corn, and spinach and sauté until the spinach just starts to wilt. Take off heat and set aside.
    5. Pour hummus into an 8x8 baking dish. Spread evenly.
    6. Pour in black bean mixture and spread evenly.
    7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.
    8. Top with garnishes and serve warm with cut-up vegetables and tortilla chips!
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    Crudité Platter with Tzatziki Sauce

    Cruite Platter with Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Crudité Platter with Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce makes for such a light and refreshing snack, appetizer, or side-dish! The perfect bright and colorful dish to make with any seasonal veggies you have on hand! Dairy-free, egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and Whole30 compliant! This will be the most gorgeous appetizer on the table, for sure!

    Crudité Platter with Dairy-free Tzatziki Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Is there anything better than a dish filled with colorful fresh produce? We blanched the carrots, broccoli, and snow peas in this platter to create that pop of color! Blanching stops the enzyme actions that can cause loss of flavor and color in vegetables, making it a great technique to use before freezing vegetables or serving them raw!

    This would be the perfect spread for any dinner party, brunch, or holiday celebration!

    Crudité Platter with Dairy-free Tzatziki Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    I mean, how gorgeous is this? Dip and devour!

    Crudité Platter with Dairy-free Tzatziki Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Ingredients

      Vegetables for Crudité

      • 6 cups water
      • 1 tablespoon sea salt
      • 3 multi-colored carrots, peeled and blanched
      • 1 head broccoli, blanched and sliced into bite-sized pieces
      • 1 bunch of radishes, blanched
      • 1 cup snow peas, blanced
      • 1 watermelon radish, blanched and sliced thin
      • 1 bunch celery
      • 1 case cherry tomatoes
      • 4 small sweet pepper

      Dairy-free Tzatziki

      Directions

      1. Fill a large saucepan with water and toss in salt. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
      2. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.
      3. Prep you vegetables and place them in the boiling water. Set your timer for three minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the broccoli, red radish, snap peas and watermelon radish and place vegetables into the ice water. Set your timer for two more minutes. After two minutes, remove the carrots with the slotted spoon and place into the ice water. Remove the vegetables from the ice water and pat dry. Serve on platter of choice!
      4. Place shredded cucumber in a medium mixing bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and let sit for 5 minutes.
      5. Place coconut milk, lemon juice, dill, sea salt and black pepper into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a small mixing bowl.
      6. Strain the water out of the cucumber. Add the cucumber to the small mixing bowl with the coconut milk mixture. Stir well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desire. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with paprika.
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      Chocolate Chip Banana Pancake Casserole

      This Chocolate Chip Banana Pancake Casserole is going to be the new hit of your brunch and weekend parties. It’s made with my popular fluffy paleo pancakes, and really, who doesn’t love a chocolate chip and banana combination?

      I think my new favorite thing is a meal made in casserole form. It’s like the new one-pan meals and bowls that I’ve been loving. Easy to transport and fun to eat. Plus, all the flavors come together in the most delightful way.

      Chocolate Chip Banana Pancake Casserole

      If you follow me on SnapChat (username: Lexiscleankitch), you know I’ve been cooking up a storm for my upcoming cookbook! I’ve been blogging less and I seriously hate not connecting with all of you more. BUT, there is light at the end of the tunnel and I’ll soon be back to our regularly scheduled programming!

      This breakfast casserole requires a tiny bit of extra work from your traditional pancakes, but it’s super delicious and so fun to eat– it’s worth it!Paleo Pancake Casserole

      Chocolate Chip Banana Pancake Casserole

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      Chocolate Chip Banana Pancake Casserole

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