Quick Bolognese

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in 21DSD, Beef, Paleo, pork | 6 comments

A good meat sauce doesn’t need to cook all day to be delicious. This one can be made in under 30 minutes, and is a wonderful inexpensive weeknight meal.

The idea to use balsamic vinegar instead of red wine comes from Diane of Balanced Bites, who was there for me when I was having a “how can I make sauce without wine?!” crisis.

Quick Bolognese

1 onion, small dice
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 pound ground beef (grassfed if possible)
12 ounces Italian sausage, removed from casings if in links (check ingredients!)
20-24 ounces jarred tomatoes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
pinch salt
pinch red pepper flakes, if desired
1 tablespoon bacon fat

  • In a large cast iron or stainless steel sauce pan, heat the bacon fat over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and cook, stirring every minute or so, until fragrant and softened, about 7-10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and saute one more minute.
  • Sprinkle in a pinch of salt.
  • Add the beef and sausage, and break it up with a spatula as much as possible.
  • Once the meat is browned, add the tomatoes. rosemary, red pepper flakes, and bring to a simmer.
  • Turn the heat to low and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • When it’s nearly done, add the balsamic vinegar and simmer another minute or two.

Bolognese with zucchini noodles


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6 Comments

  1. That 7 things to never eat was gross…blech…yuck…nasty! Glad I read it though.

  2. Quickest, most uniform zucchini noodles ever: use a cheese grater. It takes seconds per squash, and they come out beautifully uniform and taste fabulous. I even leave the seeds in mine, and have never noticed a problem :)

    • In case it wasn’t obvious, you pull the squash long-ways down the grater :)

    • That’s a great idea! I use a julienne peeler, which I LOVE, but have been developing recipes recently for people who may not have the gadget addiction that I have. I’m definitely going to use your grater idea as an option!

  3. I am obsessed with using balsamic in ground meat dishes… Pretty sure that’s my go to!!

  4. Delicious! Thanks for a great recipe, zucchini noodles and all!!

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