My recipe for Italian Meat Sauce in the Instant Pot will be a game changer for meal planning. Luckily, my mom and I are both obsessed with our Instant Pot, and when I was visiting over the holidays, we made some amazing pasta sauce, in a crazy short amount of time. There are short ribs, carrots, onions, Italian sausage, and other delicious spices that made this a hit with the whole family. Pour it over spaghetti squash or zoodles to make it paleo, or freeze it for later. I definitely plan on making this regularly, since most restaurants have dairy in their Italian food, and dairy is the one thing I’m still very careful to avoid in my diet. Although I’ve relaxed my standards this past year, the new year is a great time to get back to my favorite paleo foods, and work on eating healthier, exercising more, and stepping up my meal planning game.
This was my attempt at making Nonni’s meat sauce, which I grew up eating with her pasta and meatballs. I have a paleo version of her meatballs posted, and I add a few of them to the sauce for flavor. She also adds 1/2 cup of grated parmesean or romano cheese, but I opted to make this dairy free, and I was still happy with the results.
The sauce cooked down and really concentrated the tomato flavor, so you could skip the tomato paste, or water it down with water, stock, or wine. However, the concentrated flavor actually ended up being a good thing, since zoodles give off water when cooked. So, when I sauteed Non’s sauce and zoodles together the result was perfect.
Nonni’s Bolognese Sauce is dairy free and paleo friendly if you eat it with some spaghetti squash or zoodles. It was surprisingly easy to make, but the end result was fabulous. I will definitely be repeating this recipe. This recipe does call for a cup of red wine, but if your diet doesn’t include alcohol, you can easily omit it and it will still taste great.
If you make a ton of this, it has a similar thickness to chili, and should freeze just as easily. Not that you are likely to have leftovers, my whole family was going for seconds.
The marinara sauce is really simple and quick to make, as well as vegan friendly. It would also taste great on pizza. Make this sauce ahead and freeze, or jazz it up a bit with some Italian sausage and spinach, and throw it over zoodles, for an easy weeknight paleo dinner. I normally buy organic marinara all the time, because I’m really lazy, but this recipe was so easy, I doubt I will again. It only took a half hour to make, and I’m thrilled with the results.