Zoodle Bolognese

The Casual Classic | Meat Sauce

Two posts in one week!? I'm on a role lately! Meat sauce is one our go-to recipes because you can throw it on top of so many different things - zucchini noodles (aka zoodles), spaghetti squash, gluten free pasta, grains, or just eat it by itself. Zoodles are another favorite of mine because they're an amazing pasta substitution - they have a great texture, flavor, and I actually like them more than pasta honestly. 

The Casual Classic | Zoodles & Meat Sauce

You will need a spiralizer for this recipe if you plan to make the zoodles, or you could just sub a different type of pasta. This recipe is mainly for the bolognese anyway, so pick whatever base you'd like! This meat sauce is seriously good for you. It has a little health and anti-inflammatory boost with the turmeric, coconut oil, ghee and kale additions (I know, you wouldn't even know it was in there, and you can't taste it!). It's definitely a recipe you won't feel guilty eating! The recipe is really pretty large, so you can throw the leftovers in the freezer and enjoy at a later time.

The Casual Classic | Zoodles & Meat Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 24oz jar or 2 12oz jars of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 package (1 lb) of organic beef, turkey, or bison (whatever you prefer)
  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 bunches of curly kale
  • 1 red onion
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2-4 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil (or half and half)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 12oz can of tomato sauce (optional. I add this sometimes because I like mine a little "saucier" - the recipe is decently chunky without)
  • Touch of parmesan (optional to sprinkle on top if desired)

Directions:

  1. Chop the carrots, onion, and kale, or even blend in a food processor (you want them to be chopped very fine). Mince all the garlic cloves too.
  2. Melt the coconut oil, olive oil, and ghee in a larger pot over medium heat.
  3. Add chopped vegetables and garlic to the pot and cook for a few minutes until onions are translucent. Sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on top.
  4. Add the meat, break it up a bit so there are no large chunks, and cook until it is brown/cooked through.
  5. Top with the crushed tomatoes, turmeric, salt and pepper, and stir well so everything is mixed.
  6. Simmer for about a half hour (and by simmer, I mean that the sauce will have little tiny bubbles coming up through it, so that could be low/medium heat actually).
  7. Top the zoodles, noodles, spaghetti squash or whatever you choose as a base with the meat sauce, and you're good to go!