It’s like lasagna and spaghetti met pizza, and they made a baby. This paleo lasagna is our new favorite casserole dish. Imagine the tantalizing taste of pepperoni and sausage mixed with tomato sauce and fresh basil. There is no cheese or pasta, and you won’t miss either.
For this paleo lasagna, we tried to re-create the flavor of lasagna but not necessarily the layered texture. Why try and pretend you have noodles and cheese when you don’t? Even without those ingredients, this lasagna is full of meaty flavor and sure to fill your belly. Serve it with a side salad or just eat it on its own as a meal. It makes great leftovers too! And for real, the leftovers are the best part!
I love that we can mix up a big batch and have it on hand for lunches or dinner on our busy weeknights. This paleo lasagna is also a good one for freezing and having on stand-by. Your house will smell like Italian deliciousness though, so you may not be able to resist sneaking at least a bite or two. Your dish will come out of the oven bubbling, teasing you to take a bite. Let it cool for at least five minutes, but get ready to dig in.
Get ready to take your taste buds on a ride with this paleo lasagna, and let us know how you like it by leaving a comment below. Also, take a picture and tag it on Instagram @realsimplegood so we can check it out!
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Paleo Lasagna (GF, Dairy-Free + Whole30)
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1 lb spicy Italian sausage
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups mushrooms, sliced, -
- 10 leaves fresh basil, diced, -
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce, (25 oz) Choose a sauce that has some flavorful ingredients (capers mushrooms, garlic, etc.), as it adds to the overall flavor of the dish. We really enjoy a jar we found at Trader Joe's. It's called Trader Giotto's Puttanesca.
- 5 oz pepperoni
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Slice the spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the two halves face-down on a baking dish and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.
- While the squash is cooking, chop up all of your other ingredients and set aside.
- Next, get the sausage cooking. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add in the sausage and chopped onion. Cook until the sausage is browned and remove from heat.
- Once cooked, remove the squash from the oven and lower the oven temperature down to 350 degrees. Allow the squash to cool for handling, about 5 minutes.
- With a fork, scrape out the spaghetti squash "noodles" into a large bowl.
- Add the cooked sausage, garlic, mushrooms, basil and spaghetti sauce to the bowl. Stir everything around to mix it well.
- Dump 1/2 of the spaghetti squash mixture into a 9x13 casserole dish. Spread it around to make an even layer on the bottom of the dish. Top with a layer of 1/2 of the pepperoni.
- Add on the other half of the spaghetti squash mixture and spread it around again to create an even layer. Top with a layer of the remaining pepperoni.
- Place in the oven to cook for 1 hour.
- Remove and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes prior to serving.
I’m curious how this recipe can be considered Paleo. Everything I have read has said that cured, processed meats, such as pepperoni are not allowed, as well as sausages of any kind. Sausage is processed and no one knows what is really in it anyways. If we didn’t eat it 10,000 years ago, how is it Paleo? I was off to a good start with “Paleo for Beginners” by Rockridge press and looking for more recipes. I just don’t see how this fits the bill?
Hey there – if you take Paleo to be only what was eaten in the true Paleolithic era, then yes, we’d agree with you. However, we do live in a modern world now and there are brands out there that are considered Paleo-friendly for sausages and pepperoni. You can actually find bacon, sausages and pepperoni uncured these days with no added nitrates or sugar. Pepperoni is hard pressed to find without added sugar, that’s for sure, but hence the subs with sausages instead. You do you…if this isn’t a good fit for you, that’s fine. You might find as you go along your health and Paleo journey that eventually something like this is exactly what you want/need in your life. Best of luck as you go Paleo!
I’ve made this twice once with lamb sausage and the other with itlalian sausage and I used plant strong spicy kale marinara it turned out so amazing!
That sounds great! Thanks so much for giving it a try – twice! Hope it gets put into your regular rotation! 🙂
I’m excited to try this! Curious as to what pepperoni you used that is Whole30?
Well….that’s a great question! Truthfully, it’s REALLY hard to find a compliant pepperoni. You basically have to have it made for you. So…if you take part in some sort of a pork share or get your meats directly from a farmer, request some pepperoni and that it be made without sugar and nitrates added. Otherwise, you’ll be hard pressed to find some at the store without sugar or dextrose. You could make this recipe without the pepperoni if you don’t have access to a compliant one or alternatively you could sub the pepperoni with a cut up meat stick that is compliant. Hope that helps!
Made this today as part of meal prep for the week… honestly, I couldn’t wait and had some right away. I used lamb sausage which was delicious!! Great recipe; thank you for sharing.
So glad you liked it!! It is one of our favorite recipes! We try to have it often while spaghetti squash is in season! Thanks for trying our recipe and taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂