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Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce

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My toddler loves bolognese sauce, so I cook up a big batch of this low-carb bolognese sauce every few weeks and then divide it into smaller containers to freeze and pull out for a quick midweek meal.

This homemade bolognese sauce is an easy meal prep recipe ideal for busy weekdays. Pair it with healthy keto sides like zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, or steamed veggies!

Why Make Your Own Bolognese Sauce?

Making your own bolognese sauce at home means you get to control what goes into it. No more worrying about hidden sugars or preservatives. This low-carb recipe is perfect for sticking to your keto diet while still enjoying a classic, comforting meal. Plus, you can adjust the flavors to suit your family's tastes and preferences.

How to Make Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce

To create a delicious low-carb bolognese sauce, you need just a few key ingredients:

  • Onion and Carrot: These vegetables form the base of the sauce, providing a natural sweetness and depth of flavor when sautéed.
  • Garlic: Adds a robust, aromatic element that enhances the overall taste.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the vegetables, it's great for any Mediterranean inspired meals and provides healthy fats.
  • Ground Beef: The primary protein source, giving the sauce its hearty and satisfying texture.
  • Dried Italian Herbs: A blend of herbs like oregano and basil that infuses the sauce with traditional Italian flavors.
  • Tomato Passata: Pureed canned tomatoes that form the bulk of the sauce, offering a rich tomato flavor and smooth consistency.
  • Chicken Stock or Bone Broth: Adds moisture and enhances the sauce's depth with a savory note.

These ingredients come together to create a bolognese sauce that is both flavorful and low in carbs, perfect for a keto-friendly meal.

Recipe Tips & Swaps

Add-ons: Feel free to add other vegetables like bell peppers or mushrooms for extra flavor and nutrients. For extra flavor boost once it's cooked, try sprinkling in some freshly chopped basil!

Swaps: If you don't have tomato passata, you can use canned crushed tomatoes. For a different protein, ground turkey or chicken works well too.

Storage: This Bolognese sauce is perfect for freezing, meal prep and batch cooking! Store the bolognese sauce in the fridge for up to five days or freeze in an airtight container for up to two months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

What to Serve with Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce

While this sauce pairs well with traditional pasta for those not following a low-carb diet, there are plenty of keto-friendly options to enjoy:

  • Zucchini Noodles: Light and fresh, perfect for soaking up the rich bolognese sauce. Here's how to make the perfect zucchini noodles!
  • Spaghetti Squash Noodles: A slightly sweet and nutty alternative.
  • Kelp Noodles: Crunchy and easy to prepare, adding an interesting texture.
  • Shirataki Noodles: Low in calories and carbs, these noodles are a great option. Here's how to prepare them so they always have the best texture and flavor.
  • Palmini Noodles: Palmini is a pasta substitute that is made out of a natural plant known as hearts of palm. When sliced and cooked in the right way, it resembles pasta and can be used to replace noodles, linguine and lasagne.
  • Homemade Protein Noodles: Boost your protein intake while enjoying your meal with these easy low-carb fettuccine.
  • Homemade Keto Spaghetti: Missing traditional spaghetti? This keto pasta recipe will blow your mind!
  • Store-bought Low-Carb Pasta: Many options are available for convenience without compromising your diet.
  • For even more delicious options to pair this bolognese sauce with, check out The Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Pasta Alternatives, all gluten-free and grain-free!
  • Simply Vegetables: Any steamed or roasted veggies will go well with this delicious Italian meat sauce.

Enjoy this versatile and delicious low-carb bolognese sauce with your favorite keto-friendly sides!

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Hands-on Overall

Serving size about 1 cup/ 240 ml

Allergy information for Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 cup/ 240 ml)

Net carbs6.1 grams
Protein23.7 grams
Fat32.9 grams
Calories426 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 23%, fat 71%
Total carbs8.3 gramsFiber2.2 gramsSugars4.8 gramsSaturated fat10.9 gramsSodium393 mg(17% RDA)Magnesium39 mg(10% RDA)Potassium685 mg(34% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 medium brown onion, diced (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 1 medium carrot, finely diced (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (30 ml)
  • 500 g ground beef (1.1 lb)
  • 2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1 cup tomato passata (pureed canned tomatoes) (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or bone broth (360 ml/ 12 fl oz)

Instructions

  1. Peel and finely dice the onion and carrot. Mince the garlic. Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce
  2. Add the diced onion and carrot and cook for 8 to 10 minutes over medium heat, until the vegetables have softened and lightly caramelized. Then add the minced garlic.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce
  3. Add the ground beef and herbs. Cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes to brown the meat.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce
  4. Add the tomato passata, stock and reduce to low heat. Cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce
  5. Serve with low-carb pasta alternatives such as zucchini noodles, shirataki noodles or palmini noodles. Store in the fridge up to five days. Freeze in an airtight container up to two months.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 cup/ 240 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.8 g60 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
1.6 g0.2 g0 g9 kcal
Carrot, fresh
1.4 g0.2 g0 g8 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.7 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g21.5 g25 g318 kcal
Italian seasoning (mixed herbs)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Tomato sauce (passata), unsweetened
2.3 g0.7 g0.2 g15 kcal
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g0.9 g0.9 g12 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 cup/ 240 ml
6.1 g23.7 g32.9 g426 kcal

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Comments (12)

Awesome bolognaise.
I painted it with a low carb soy bean paste.
Mmmmmmmm.
Def 5 stars.

Thank you!

Would I be able to hide extra veggies in here for my toddler.

I think you would! 😊

Making this at the moment.  Meat now simmering in sauce, however seems to be very runny.  Not sure how it is going to thicken.

Hi Sonia, you can always cook for 2-5 more minutes to thicken, that won't spoil the recipe and will help you reach the consistency you prefer!

The depth of flavour is incredible. LOVE.

It is! I Made it a couple of times this month 😊 So good to have meals like this when you don't have time to cook. I had one with zoodles and one with cauli rice - yum!

I love it served with both of these options. Comfort food that just makes me feel good.

I love your recipes! I was wondering why you left the milk out of the Bolognese sauce? Was it because of carb count?

Yes that is correct. A small amount of whole milk is ok but I would avoid it unless absolutely necessary. I also wanted to keep this recipe dairy-free so I avoided other options like cream.

and traditionally is does not contain milk