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Easy Keto Bolognese Sauce


Craving a delicious low-carb beef bolognese? This easy keto bolognese recipe is the answer!
Keto Beef Bolognese

A delicious easy keto Bolognese sauce suitable for low carb, keto, and Mediterranean diets. Serve this rich tomato meat sauce on lupin flour noodles, zoodles, or baked spaghetti squash. The beauty of this keto Bolognese sauce is that you can make it with other meats and meatless proteins! Prepare this hearty meal to suit your needs and your tastes.

What is Bolognese

Bolognese sauce is a rich meat sauce that originated in Bologna, Italy, and remains a staple in Italian (and Italian-American) cuisine. Typically, the sauce is used in lasagna or served over various pasta. 

Is Bolognese sauce keto?

Yes! However, you will need to make some The key is to use a now sugar added marinara to tomato sauce and to omit extras like wine and carrots (commonly found in soffrito) from the recipe. 

Easy Keto Bolognese Sauce

What do I serve with keto Bolognese?

This keto Bolognese sauce is versatile and can be used in several ways. You can serve it over vegetarian pasta alternatives like zoodles, spaghetti squash, or keto noodles made from almond or lupin flour. Use Bolognese sauce in low-carb stuffed mushrooms or no-noodle lasagna. 

Ingredients

  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ground beef (or protein of choice)
  • Zucchini, grated
  • 24 ounces of no sugar added marinara (like Rao’s) or Homemade Marinara.
  • Fresh basil or oregano
  • Beef bone broth (sub with chicken bone broth)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Keto Beef Bolognese

Making Easy Keto Bolognese Sauce

  • Grate the zucchini, place it into a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth, and wring out the excess liquid. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onions and cook for 3 minutes. Do not brown the onions; they should appear shiny and translucent. Reduce heat to medium-low if needed. 
  • Next, add the ground beef and grated zucchini. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Drain the skillet of excess oil by scooping it out with a spoon or soaking it up with paper towels.
  • Add marinara, bone broth, and herbs to the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and lightly simmer the Bolognese for 6-8 minutes. Stir occasionally and reduce heat to low if needed.
  • If you’d like the sauce drier, simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce for salt content and adjust it to your liking.
  • Serve Bolognese sauce over keto noodles, zoodles, or spaghetti squash.
Easy Keto Bolognese Sauce

What meats I can use in Bolognese sauce?

Normally Bolognese is made with beef or veal. However, you can substitute with ground pork, chicken, or turkey. I recommend using tofu, seitan, tempeh, or finely chopped walnuts for those interested in a low-carb meat alternative. 

Storing leftover keto Bolognese sauce

Cool sauce completely and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days. Freeze for up to 1 month. 

You can portion out ¾-1 cup of sauce for meal prep or freeze it in grab-and-go portions.

Keto Beef Bolognese

Easy Keto Bolognese

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Craving a delicious low-carb beef bolognese? This easy keto bolognese recipe is the answer!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword beef bolognese, keto bolognese, low carb bolognese
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Servings 5
Calories 300

Ingredients

  • 1 small yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 medium zucchini grated and drained
  • 24 ounces of no sugar added marinara like Rao’s or Homemade Marinara.
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or oregano
  • 1/2 cup beef bone broth sub with chicken bone broth
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Grate the zucchini, place it into a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth, and wring out the excess liquid. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes until they look shiny and transparent. Do not brown the onions. Reduce heat if needed.
  • Next, add the ground beef and grated zucchini. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Drain the skillet of excess oil by scooping it out with a spoon or soaking it up with paper towels.
  • Add marinara, bone broth, and herbs to the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and lightly simmer the bolognese for 6-8 minutes. Stir occasionally and reduce heat to low if needed.
  • Taste for salt content, and adjust to your liking.
  • Serve bolognese over keto noodles, zoodles, or spaghetti squash.

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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