This bolognese recipe is simple and hearty, serve it over pasta, or as a lasagna filling, or on toast …

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This is a recipe that changes every time I make it, based on what is available in our fridge and pantry.  You can serve the bolognese sauce over pasta (gluten-free if necessary), or as a lasagna filling, or toast, or whatever.  Just recently I made this as a lasagna using rice paper and cheesy mashed potatoes instead of the lasagna sheets and bechamel sauce.  It was awesome!

Subsitutions:

The spices included in the recipe are just a guide – experiment and get to know which combinations taste good (and which ones don’t!).  I have used different combinations of basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, rosemary, fennel, to name a few. 

Other types of ground meat can also be substituted in here – I usually use ground turkey, but have used beef, chicken and other meats as available.  Other vegetables can also be included, including fresh tomatoes.

Also used with great success are the pre-made pasta sauces instead of the passata – a lot of the seasoning work has already been done in these!  In the US, it’s also really easy to find tins of tomato sauce rather than passata.

Basic bolognese sauce
Serves 8
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
194 calories
8 g
66 g
11 g
18 g
3 g
218 g
75 g
4 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
218g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194
Calories from Fat 94
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
16%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 66mg
22%
Sodium 75mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 4g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
73%
Vitamin C
34%
Calcium
8%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 500g good quality ground turkey
  2. 1 onion, finely chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. 1 medium celery stick, finely chopped
  5. 1 cup grated zucchini
  6. 1 cup grated carrot
  7. 1 tin tomatoes
  8. 700g tomato pasata or US tomato sauce
  9. 1 tbs basil
  10. 1 tbs oregano
  11. 1 tbs parsley
  12. 1 cup chopped spinach
Instructions
  1. Brown the onion, garlic and celery together until soft and the onion is slightly translucent.
  2. Stir in the the mince and brown.
  3. Add the grated zucchini, carrot, tomatoes, pasata and spices. Add salt and pepper to taste and more of less of these and any other spices.
  4. Allow to simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened to desired consistency.
  5. Add in the spinach and simmer for another 2-3 minutes, until the spinach has softened.
  6. Serve immediately with gluten-free pasta (or regular pasta if needed).
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calories
194
fat
11g
protein
18g
carbs
8g
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