Now, I know, linguini made from hearts of palm? Trust me, this is culinary magic that’ll whisk your taste buds on a delightful Italian adventure – all without the carbs of regular pasta! Our Legendary Spaghetti Sauce, rich with hearty ground beef and flavorful San Marzano tomatoes, perfectly complements the unique texture of the linguini. A sprinkle of Parmesan and a dash of fresh herbs, and you’ve got yourself a plate straight out of an Italian grandmother’s kitchen. So, if you’re itching for an authentic Italian experience with a modern twist, this Hearts of Palm Linguini and Legendary Spaghetti Sauce Bowl Recipe is about to become your new favorite staple! Mangia! 

Legendary Spaghetti Sauce


Why This Dish Delivers

  • Authentic Meets Modern: By using hearts of palm as a linguini substitute, you get to experience the texture and taste of pasta without the carbs. It’s a contemporary twist on an age-old classic, making it both keto-friendly and delightfully delicious.
  • Buttery Bliss: The addition of butter in the spaghetti sauce doesn’t just offer a rich texture—it imparts a depth of flavor that complements the tang of tomatoes. This buttery undertone sets the sauce apart, making every bite lusciously irresistible.
  • Simplicity is Key: With a minimalist ingredient list and straightforward steps, this recipe delivers maximum flavor with minimal fuss. It’s proof that sometimes, the simplest combinations yield the most memorable dishes.


The Unexpected Pasta Night Delight

So there I was, comfortably snuggled up on my couch for my weekly episode of “Shark Tank”, waiting to see what quirky, potentially revolutionary idea would be pitched next. Enter Alfonso Tejada, and with him, a pasta substitute that piqued my interest like no veggie alternative ever had: the Palmini. I’ve seen zoodles, I’ve sampled cauliflower pizza crust, but pasta made from the heart of a palm? Now, that was fresh!

Tejada had me at the get-go, not just because of his charismatic pitch, but the very idea of a pasta with a mere 20 calories per serving, boasting keto-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free tags. I remember thinking, “If it’s good enough for the Sharks, it’s worth a try.” For someone like me, always on the hunt for healthier alternatives and mindful of sustainability, learning that Palmini grows and harvests its products in an eco-friendly manner was the cherry on top. To all my fellow food enthusiasts and experimenters out there, if you haven’t yet, you’ve got to try this hearts of palm sensation. Because if there’s anything Shark Tank taught me that night, it’s that pasta night will never be the same again.


Carb-Cutting Pasta Prestige: Other A-list Alternatives

Pasta’s tempting tendrils have many of us wrapped around her fork, but for those on a mission to slash those sneaky carbs, the pasta aisle has become a bit of a no-go zone. But fear not, because the world of culinary innovation has been hard at work, ensuring you don’t have to bid adieu to your beloved spaghetti nights. Here are some other options you might like:

  1. Zoodles: If you haven’t yet spiraled a zucchini into delightful little strings and sautéed them lightly with some garlic, you’re missing out. Not only are zoodles crisp and fresh, they also offer a delightful green hue to make your plate pop!
  2. Cauliflower Gnocchi: Yes, that versatile cauliflower is back at it again! These little fluffy dumplings are all the rage. Pair them with a zesty marinara or a creamy alfredo and you’re in for a treat that rivals traditional potato gnocchi.
  3. Shirataki Noodles: A traditional Japanese noodle, these slippery strands are made from konjac yam and are virtually carb-free. Don’t be alarmed by their unique texture; once you get past that, you’ve got a wonderful low-carb canvas to play with.
  4. Spaghetti Squash: When roasted, this magical squash naturally separates into spaghetti-like strands. Light in flavor, it’s an ideal base for robust sauces and hearty proteins.
  5. Kelp Noodles: Dive deep into the sea for this one! Made from seaweed, these clear, crunchy noodles are a fantastic addition to salads and stir-fries.
  6. Butternut Squash Noodles: A sweet twist on the veggie noodle trend, these spiralized beauties are a winter favorite. Perfect for heartier sauces, they bring a touch of sweetness to savory dishes.


From Liguria to Your Bowl: The Linguini Lore

Linguini, with its romantic Italian name that translates to “little tongues”, has been tickling our taste buds for centuries. Originating from the captivating regions of Campania and Liguria in Italy, this flat and narrow pasta holds tales as rich as the sauces it’s often paired with. Picture this: In the winding streets of old Italian towns, skilled pasta makers would roll out sheets of fresh dough, meticulously slicing them into these thin ribbons. The reason for linguini’s enduring popularity? Its slender, yet wide enough shape, makes it the perfect dance partner for a variety of sauces, from the robust to the delicate.

While linguini’s cousin, spaghetti, might steal the spotlight in many classic dishes, linguini has always had its loyalists. After all, there’s something genuinely satisfying about twirling those “little tongues” around your fork, capturing the perfect blend of pasta and sauce in every bite. In today’s fusion-filled culinary world, linguini has also proven its versatility, partnering elegantly with ingredients from around the globe, just like in this dish!


The Slip-Up of Overcooking Hearts of Palm Linguini:

Diving into the world of alternative pastas can be thrilling, but it’s essential to remember that not all noodles are created equal. A common mistake many make when preparing the Hearts of Palm Linguini is overcooking it. Unlike traditional wheat pasta, hearts of palm linguini can become overly soft and lose its delightful al dente texture if left in boiling water for too long. It’s not just about getting them tender—it’s about preserving that pasta-like bite! So, keep a keen eye on the pot, and when they’re just right, remove them from the heat. Your taste buds will thank you for the perfect balance between tender and toothsome.


The Linguini Love Buddha Bowl Breakdown:

Ah, the Buddha Bowl—a culinary concept that celebrates balance in a bowl. For those who might have missed the memo, Buddha Bowls typically bring together a harmonious mix of grains, proteins, veggies, and a tantalizing sauce. They’re vibrant, nutritious, and endlessly customizable. Now, let’s give our Hearts of Palm Linguini and Legendary Spaghetti Sauce the Buddha Bowl treatment:

  1. Base Layer Brilliance: Start with the Hearts of Palm Linguini, a grain-free delight that gives traditional grains a run for their money. Its al dente texture lays the foundation for our bowl.
  2. Protein Power-Up: The legendary spaghetti sauce isn’t just about flavor—it’s also packed with lean ground beef, providing a protein punch that’ll keep you full and satisfied.
  3. Veggie Va-Va-Voom: While the linguini is derived from hearts of palm, don’t hesitate to up the veggie content. Consider adding roasted cherry tomatoes, sautéed spinach, or charred zucchini ribbons. More veggies? Yes, please!
  4. Saucy Showstopper: Drizzle or dollop (depending on how saucy you feel) that rich, aromatic spaghetti sauce. It’s a melody of flavors, with buttery undertones and a hint of Italian herbs.
  5. Crunchy Crescendo: Grated Parmesan adds a salty, crispy layer that ties everything together, while your favorite herb (try parsley, basil, or oregano!) leaves bring both color and a pop of herbaceous flavor.

Remember, the beauty of a Buddha Bowl lies in its flexibility. Don’t shy away from adding your favorite ingredients or swapping out components. Make it yours and enjoy every bite!


Frequently Asked Questions: Linguini Love Edition

  • Can I use a different type of ground meat for the sauce? Absolutely! While the recipe calls for lean ground beef, feel free to swap it out for ground turkey, chicken, or even Italian sausage for a different flavor profile.
  • I’m vegan. How can I adapt this recipe? No worries! Replace the butter with a vegan alternative or olive oil. As for the beef, you can opt for vegan meat crumbles or sautéed mushrooms for a hearty, umami kick. Just remember to double-check your parmesan—there are vegan versions available.
  • Why use a whole onion and not chop it up for the sauce? This is an age-old trick! The whole onion imparts a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor without overpowering the sauce. Plus, it’s easy to remove afterward, so the sauce retains a smooth consistency.
  • Can I make the spaghetti sauce in advance? You bet! This legendary sauce tastes even better the next day after the flavors have melded. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage. Just reheat and serve!

Remember, cooking is an adventure, and there’s always room for personal twists. Have fun, experiment, and enjoy the journey of creating this dish!

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Hearts of Palm Linguini and Legendary Spaghetti Sauce Bowls Recipe

One of the most famous tomato sauce recipes in the world is by Italian cookbook legend, Marcella Hazan. Marcella and her husband, Victor, lived in Florida, about 20 minutes away from my home. I was lucky enough to spend an entire day with Marcella -- she wanted me to cook my Mom’s Fried Rice and Crispy Egg Rolls, and in return, she would teach me her famous recipes. Over the years, I’ve made countless variations of Marcella’s base recipe, my favorite includes ground beef. The secret to her recipe is the butter….the richness cuts the tomato’s acidity. Try to get San Marzano canned tomatoes, which are firmer and sweeter.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 307 kcal


Legendary Spaghetti Sauce

  • 4 tbsp butter divided
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ onion whole
  • One 28-ounce can whole peeled plum tomatoes San Marzano preferred
  • 1 tsp Italian herb spice mix
  • Salt to taste

Hearts of Palm Linguini

  • Hearts of Palm Linguini

To Serve:

  • Grated Parmesan
  • Your Favorite Herb (parsley, basil or even oregano!)


  • Make your tomato sauce. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter. When hot, add the ground beef and cook for 3 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Push the beef aside and make a spot for the onion. Place onion cut side down and continue cooking the beef for 3-4 minutes, until nicely browned and the onion if fragrant. Turn off the heat, tilt the pan to one side, pushing the beef to the other. Spoon out and discard as much of the fat as possible.
  • Return the pan to medium-high heat and add in the remaining butter. Add in the tomatoes and Italian seasoning. If using whole tomatoes, masha and break up the tomatoes. When bubbling, turn the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  • Cook your hearts of palm linguini according to package instructions, then build your bowls. Place linguini at the base, then top with tomato sauce. Sprinkle on parmesan and your favorite herbs like parsley, basil or oregano.


Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 23gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 166mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 359IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 3mg
Keyword buddha bowl, hearts of palm linguini, linguini, spaghetti sauce
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