Keto Pumpkin & Beef Skillet Ragu

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This recipe is a perfect example of the food how I eat most days. Easy to find ingredients that are nutrient dense and low in carbs, all cooked in one skillet for simplicity!

This simple one-pot meal is grain, dairy, nut and egg-free and it's rich in heart-healthy potassium which is often deficient in low-carb diets.

You can transform this simple keto recipe into a breakfast meal by simply serving just half of the option and adding one or two fried eggs on top!

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Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 1/2 cups)

Net carbs5.3 grams
Protein28.8 grams
Fat40.7 grams
Calories508 kcal

Calories from carbs 4%, protein 23%, fat 73%

Total carbs6.2 gramsFiber0.9 gramsSugars2.4 gramsSaturated fat16.8 gramsSodium534 mg(23% RDA)Magnesium41 mg(10% RDA)Potassium780 mg(39% EMR)

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 800 g beef, minced, grass-fed (1.76 lb)
  • 500 g pumpkin, diced (1.1 lb)
  • 250 g bacon slices (8.8 oz)
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 3 tbsp ghee or unsalted butter (45 ml)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. I used Hokkaido pumpkin in this recipe. You can use any winter squash you like, just be aware of the different carbs content (e.g. butternut squash has almost twice the amount of carbs as Hokkaido). You can keep the seeds and use them for roasting. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Skillet Ragu
  2. Place the beef into a bowl and keep at room temperature while you prepare the pumpkin. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Skillet Ragu
  3. Peel and dice the pumpkin into small cubes.
    Keto Pumpkin & Beef Skillet Ragu
  4. Transfer to a pan greased with 2 tablespoons of ghee (or butter) and briefly roast from all sides. Season with salt and cover with a lid. Stir once or twice to prevent burning and cook for about 10 minutes on low-medium heat. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Skillet Ragu
  5. Meanwhile, slice the bacon into thin stripes and roast on a pan until brown. When done, set aside. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Skillet Ragu
  6. Mix the beef with the spices (paprika, cayenne pepper and black pepper) and season with salt. Place in another pan greased with 1 tablespoon of butter (or ghee) and cook until brown while stirring frequently. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Skillet Ragu
  7. When done, add the crisped up bacon. Remove from the heat and mix in freshly chopped parsley. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Skillet Ragu
  8. Add sautéed pumpkin and combine well. Place on a serving plate, garnish with more parsley and serve. Store any leftovers in the fridge fr up to 4 days. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Skillet Ragu

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 1/2 cups)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g22.9 g26.7 g339 kcal
Pumpkin, fresh
5 g0.8 g0.1 g22 kcal
Bacon (organic)
0 g4.8 g6.3 g76 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Ghee
0 g0 g7.5 g68 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.2 g0.2 g0.1 g3 kcal
Pepper, cayenne, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 1/2 cups
5.3 g28.8 g40.7 g508 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (8)

In your note above, you say, "Note: I used Hokkaido pumpkin in this recipe. You can use any winter squash you like, just be aware of the different carbs content (e.g. butternut squash has almost twice the amount of carbs as Hokkaido). You can keep the seeds and use them for roasting."
Where can I find a listing of the carbs in different squashes?

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Hi Elise, there is more info in this post (see the end of it): Homemade Pumpkin Purée Hope this helps!

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Thanks so much for this recipe! I was looking for savory pumpkin recipes that fit in w my paleo diet and this fit the bill! I didn't have bacon, so I Carmelized some onions for extra flavor. Delish!!!

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Thank you Susan! I'm glad you enjoyed it 😊

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I'm totally making this with the fried runny egg! Thanks 😊

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Thank you Suzzie!

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I made a similar hash the other week and it was amazing! I love the squash-ground meat combo. Thanks for sharing!
-Gabi
www.livehealtheasy.com

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Thank you Gabi! Nice blog by the way, added to my RSS feed 😊

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