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Paleo Ground Beef Bolognese Sauce

There are many interpretations for Bolognese sauce and this is just one Paleo-friendly version. The ground beef pasta sauce is simmered for hours and therefore requires a long time commitment, but the effort definitely shines through in the final result. Since it does take so long, this recipe makes a large batch, good for leftovers...
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 35 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 45 mins
Course Dinners + Mains
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 280 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large yellow onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 large carrot coarsely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups red wine (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in a food processor and pulse to finely chop. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 12-15 minutes until beginning to brown, stirring frequently.
  • Add the beef to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes until browned. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the red wine to the pan and cook 5 more minutes.
  • Add enough water to the pan until it covers the meat mixture by an inch. Add the bay leaves and thyme and stir. Bring to a low simmer, and cook, uncovered, for 3 hours. Stir the sauce occasionally and check to see if it needs more water. Adjust seasonings to taste. Discard the bay leaves and thyme before serving.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Ground Beef Bolognese Sauce
Amount per Serving
Calories
280
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
70
mg
23
%
Sodium
 
351
mg
15
%
Potassium
 
887
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
Vitamin A
 
2087
IU
42
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
44
mg
4
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword American, Dinners + Mains
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