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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    Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls [VIDEO]

    Chicken Burrito Bowl {Low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free}| Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    These Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls are the perfect low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free, and Whole30 compliant make ahead meal! Delicious Mexican cauliflower rice paired with homemade pico de gallo, avocado, and perfectly seasoned grilled chicken is meal prep perfection. Made in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Organic!

    Chicken Burrito Bowl {Low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free}| Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    I am so excited to partner with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic to bring you today’s post! SVO is truly one of  my favorite chicken companies because they pride itself in producing the highest quality chicken grown on family-owned farms. Their chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics.

    On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised.

    Chicken Burrito Bowl {Low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free}| Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Their chicken is seriously amazing. You can literally taste the quality! Their business model is one that I love. It’s a farmer focused one; created by farmers, for farmers.  It was created this way to provide the highest quality organic chicken at an affordable price while encouraging healthy eating and cultural awareness.

    These burrito bowls are a game changer. An amazing chipotle crema, fresh pico de gallo, marinated chicken, and all the fixins’!

    Chicken Burrito Bowl {Low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free}| Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Plus, this Mexican-style cauliflower rice is AMAZING.

    Chicken Burrito Bowl {Low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free}| Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Chicken Burrito Bowl {Low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free}| Lexi's Clean Kitchen

     Watch the video:


    Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

    Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Serves 4

    Ingredients

      Wet Rub

      Pico De Gallo

      • 1 jalapeño, diced
      • 1 red onion, diced
      • 3 ripe tomatos, diced
      • 2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
      • 1 lime, juiced

      Mexican Cauliflower Rice

      Chipotle Crema

      Sautéed Peppers & Onions

      Other Ingredients

      Directions

      1. Pat chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Place chicken in a bowl and add the rest of the wet rub ingredients. Mix until chicken is well coated in the spice rub.
      2. Grill chicken for about 5-6 minutes on each side, or until chicken is opaque and fully cooked through. If using a grill pan, cover the pan during the cooking process to make sure the chicken cooks through.
      3. While chicken is on the grill, prepare the cauliflower rice. Heat a medium skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add in cauli rice and the rest of the ingredients and saute for 5-8 minutes, until the cauliflower is cooked through. Take off heat and set aside. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
      4. Once chicken is cooked through, let cool, dice and set aside until ready to eat.
      5. In a separate medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Add in sliced onions and peppers. Saute until onions begin to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Take off heat and set aside.
      6. Add pico de gallo ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Set aside until ready to eat.
      7. Add chipotle crema ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
      8. Assemble bowl: Place cauliflower rice on the bottom, top with grilled chicken, sauted onions and peppers, black beans if using, pico de gallo, scallions, and a drizzle of chipotle crema.

      Recipe Notes

      *This is a great meal prep item! Prep all of the ingredients the day before, and then simple assemble the bowl when ready to eat!

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      This post is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Organic! All opinions are always 100% my own.

      Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 26

      We hope everyone is having a great long weekend! This week is filled with light, simple and flavorful dishes perfect for Summer! From my favorite eggplant pizza to easy scallop pasta, you are not going to want to miss this week’s menu! If you are planning on BBQing today or tomorrow, be sure to scroll all the way down to see our favorite recipes from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook and the blog for the perfect BBQ spread!

      If you are new to the meal plans, you can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

      Meal Plan Graphic Week 26 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

      Monday: Memorial Day BBQ out!

      Tuesday: Easy Scallop Pasta (Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and paleo-friendly)

      Wednesday: Leftovers

      Thursday: Eggplant Pizza (gluten-free, paleo-friendly, no refined sugar, )

      Friday: Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower (Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and paleo-friendly)

      Saturday: Out

      Sunday: Dry-Rub Wings (Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and paleo-friendly)

      Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

      Celebrate Memorial Day with recipes from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! Try the Chopped BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad on page 146, the Sriracha Lime Grilled Chicken Salad on page 136, and the All-American Burgers on page 198!


      We love seeing what you have been cooking from these meal plans and have some exciting news! I’ve partnered with KitchenAid to bring you an awesome set of copper core cookware valued at $999.99! This giveaway will be going on for the entire month of June!

      Stay tuned for our next meal plan to learn about how to ENTER!

      KitchenAid Giveaway | Lexi's Clean Kitchen


      As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

      Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 21

      Egg Rolls in a bowl, Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower, a hearty Breakfast Salad, and more, make up this week’s dinner meal plan! Equipped for leftovers and tons of flavor!

      If you missed the start of the plans, don’t worry, you can join in on your own month anytime! Find all of the meal plans, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

      Meal-Plan-Graphic-Week-21

      Monday: Cioppino Stew (30 minutes or less, low-carb, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

      Tuesday: Loaded Taco Skillet (30 minutes or less, low-carb, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free)

      Wednesday: Leftovers

      Thursday: One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower (Dairy-free, low-carb, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant if you use ghee!)

      Friday: Leftovers

      Saturday: BRINNER: Green Goddess Breakfast Salad (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly, nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and Whole30 compliant)

      Sunday: Egg Roll Bows (30 minutes or less, low-carb, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and grain-free)

      Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

      Make a side-dish from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! The Kung Pao Cauliflower (page 222) is a great low-carb dish to pair with the Egg Roll Bowls! SO simple to make and so so flavorful! You can also add the Burnt Broccoli on page 230 to the Green Goddess Breakfast Salad as a nice crispy and flavorful touch!

      Dessert idea: These Blueberry Crumb Bars are gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, and are exploding with flavor! Such a great way to celebrate blueberry season!


      As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

      Happy Cooking!