Tasty Paleo Puttanesca Sauce – The Perfect Compliment To Your Overcooked Meatballs

Overcooked meatballs can annoy an adult as much as they can annoy a kid. So how do you redeem yourself from serving overcooked meatballs? Add in a Paleo Puttanesca sauce that will make those hard meatballs taste delish!

You may have experienced overcooking meatballs because you were too busy doing something else. Whatever the cause the result is the same. It becomes a ruined dinner or lunch and you are left with a set of disappointed diners. I have experienced this time and again, and I have discovered a great way of salvaging the ruined meatballs – a tasty Puttanesca sauce!

It happened when we were going through a 21-day sugar detox and my daughter had to go to the dentist and an event was taking place that evening. Because we had to cater for so many things, I overcooked the meatballs and even my husband called my attention to the fact to say his meatballs were tough. Good thing I had all the ingredients I needed and the Puttanesca sauce recipe can be cooked easily. So I placed sauce on my husband’s meatballs… Lots of it! He loved it and I knew dinner was saved.

So if you think you’ll have the same emergency, or you simply want a tasty sauce in your collection of Paleo recipes, here is the Paleo Puttanesca I used to save my overcooked meatballs.

Paleo Puttanesca Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
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A quick and easy sauce you can make that you can enjoy with any type of food,
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion - Diced
  • 8 Garlic Cloves – Pressed
  • ¼ Cup (60 ml) Red Cooking Wine
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Tomato Paste
  • 2 x 14-oz (828 g) Cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 oz (59 g) Can Of Anchovies Plus Oil - Diced
  • ½ Cup (118 g) Olives - Sliced
  • ½ Teaspoon (2.5 g) Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Capers
  • 1 Fresh Bay Leaf
  • Zest from ½ Lemon
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Dried Basil
  1. • Place a saucepan or skillet over a medium heat and add the olive oil.
  2. • Once the oil has heated up add the onions and red wine and cook them until the onions have browned slightly and the wine has become reduced.
  3. • Then add to them the garlic and anchovies with the anchovy oil and cook until fragrant.
  4. • Add the remaining ingredients except for the lemon zest.
  5. • Mix them all well together and bring sauce to a simmer.
  6. • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook the sauce covered for 35 minutes.
  7. • Remove basil leaf when cooked and add the lemon zest and stir to ensure it is combined into the sauce.
  8. • Serve whilst hot with your meatballs.
  9. • Bon appetit!
If you are asking whether puttanesca is Paleo, well it definitely is. It is made from ingredients that are Paleo approved. And you can even replace some of the ingredients for organic ones or ingredients that can be grown from your own garden. And did you know that the original puttanesca recipe became famous during the mid-twentieth century through an Italian book?

The original dish of spaghetti alla puttanesca was first mentioned and became famous in the 1961 Italian novel Ferito a Morte (Mortal Wound) by Raffaele La Capria. From there, this Italian style recipe became a popular choice amongst many pasta sauce lovers. Puttanesca can be cooked in a variety of ways but is mostly based on what you prefer. You can use this sauce for meatballs and/or with Paleo friendly pasta. Making this dish once will prove to you that every food can be made delicious with the Paleo diet and will definitely put this recipe on your Paleo specialty menus that will fit any occasion. This is one dish that will be a real favorite with your guests and loved ones.

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