Today’s post brought to you by comfort food eaters anonymous and the Practical Paleo cookbook. Spaghetti squash bolognese has never been at the top of my list, but I wanted to try something different that was gluten free/Paleo. I shocked even myself – this recipe is amazing! As usual, I tweaked it a little bit from the cookbook. It made me feel like fall, and was delicious enough for me to put it into my regular cooking rotation.

Here we go:

Preheat oven to 365 degrees. Cut a squash in half (this recipe called for spaghetti squash, but I used butternut instead) and place it cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes.

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Remove from oven and let cool a little bit before cutting.

2 tbsp. butter
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 lb. ground beef (of course mine was grass fed and organic from my cousins farm in Westby, WI)
8 slices bacon (I used Neuske’s)
1 c. Coconut milk
1/2 c. Dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)
6 oz. tomato paste

Melt your butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chopped carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper; sauté for a couple of minutes until onion becomes transparent. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add beef and bacon; sauté until meat is cooked and no longer pink. Add milk, wine and tomato paste; stir until combined, reduce heat and sauté for about 5 more minutes.

At this point I cubed my squash (you could use a fork to make spaghetti squash) and spooned the meat mixture over the top.

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I was so happily surprised when I tasted this. Simple ingredients made an awesome flavor, perfect for the kick off of fall. If only I wasn’t sweating while I ate it.

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