Healthier Bolognese Sauce Recipe

I thought that some of you might appreciate a little glimpse into my kitchen, to see some of the things that I feed my own family. Sometimes it’s just nice to have an example of how to put healthy nutrition concepts into practice! This weekend I made a makeshift Bolognese sauce. Now, I’m half Italian and my Nonna used to make the BEST bolognese sauce. This is not that sauce. But, it IS a very tasty sauce that’s a lot healthier (and very easy to make). If I’d had mushrooms, I would have added those as well. Minced mushrooms hide very well in ground beef dishes! I’ll include them as an option below.

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I want to set something straight right from the get-go though. I am not a recipe creator. It’s just not my forte. Sometimes I throw stuff together and it comes out great (like this time).  For the most part though, I am a great recipe tinkerer.

I tend to “healthify” most recipes I come across, not just to add nutritional value (or reduce excess calories), but also because that’s my way of making something my own without actually starting from nothing. I don’t plan on posting a ton of recipes, but they’ll make an appearance every once in a while. If I post a tinkered-with recipe, I’ll be sure to put a link to the one I used as a starting point. Today’s recipe was just thrown together though!

Let me know how you like it!

Healthier Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped (I use and LOVE this “lawnmower” food chopper!)
  • 1 zucchini, finely chopped
  • 10 white mushrooms, finely chopped (I didn’t have them this time, but they’re great to include!)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 jar tomato sauce
  • 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. (I use this one for pretty much everything. It’s huge, and its non-stick is amazing!)
  2. Sauté the onions and zucchini (and mushrooms, if using) until soft. Add garlic and sauté another minute.
  3. Add beef and cook until browned
  4. Add tomatoes, sauce, and paste (if your sauce is unseasoned, add 1tsp each of basil and oregano)
  5. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve over pasta, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles!

Let me know if you try it! I’d love to hear how it comes out for you, or if you modify it in any way.

If you want to check out my other recipes, they’re all on my Recipe Page!

Healthier Bolognese Sauce

A delightful bolognese sauce, bumped up with extra veggies!

  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 zucchini, very finely chopped
  • 10 white mushrooms, very finely chopped (I didn' have any, but I would have included them if I did!)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar tomato sauce (I used Wegmans' Red Wine and Roasted Tomato)
  • 1 28-oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  1. Heat a large pot, over medium heat. Add a bit of olive oil.

  2. Sauté the onions and zucchini (and mushrooms, if using) until soft. Add garlic and sauté another minute.

  3. Add the beef, and cook until browned.
  4. Add the tomatoes, sauce, and tomato paste. (If your tomato sauce is unseasoned, add 1tsp each of basil and oregano.)

  5. Simmer for about 20 minutes to let it all meld together.
  6. Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash.

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