Easy Bolognese Sauce in pan with ladle

Healthy Bolognese Sauce

This healthy Bolognese Sauce recipe uses simple ingredients and is perfect to quickly cook up on busy weeknights. Pair the sauce with fresh zoodles (zucchini noodles) for a family comfort food meal that is gluten free and paleo friendly.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Healthy Bolognese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Regina | Leelalicious


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 carrots finely chopped (can also use 1 carrot + 1 celery stalk)
  • 1 lb. ground meat preferably half pork + half beef, but any will work
  • 3 cups diced tomatoes sun ripened fresh tomatoes are my preference
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • sea salt + black pepper
  • 4 zucchinis spiralized into spaghetti shape


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and sauté the onion and garlic until soft and translucent. Add the finely chopped carrot (and celerand cook until softened.
  2. Now add the ground meat to the pan. Cook it while stirring to break up large chunks.
  3. Once the meat is no longer pink, you can add the diced tomatoes and broth together with the spices. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low and simmer until the sauce has thickened substantially (15-20 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  4. In the meantime, spiralize the zucchini into spaghetti-like strands. Rule of thumb is one zucchini per person.
  5. You could simply spoon the hot Bolognese sauce over the raw zucchini to soften it. I like my meals very hot though. So I will heat the zoodles in a pan with a teaspoon of oil, before arranging in plates and topping with the Bolognese.
  6. Bolognese sauce is one of those dishes that tastes even better reheated on the next day. So you can definitely make a double-batch for later use.