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Healthy Bolognese Sauce

Healthy Bolognese Sauce is a delicious, hearty dinner. Paleo, Whole30 friendly and loaded with flavor - this hidden veggie bolognese is one you'll love!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bolognese sauce, easy bolognese sauce, healthy bolognese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 194kcal
1
WW Freestyle Points 1

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb turkey
  • 1.5 cup carrots minced finely
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced finely
  • 1 cup onion minced finely
  • 1 cup celery minced finely
  • 56 oz cans crushed tomatoes (2 28 oz cans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped finely
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped finely

Instructions

Crockpot Instructions:

  • In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Brown ground turkey for 5-7 minutes. When fully cooked, remove from pan and set aside, reserving the juices/grease
  • Add carrots, garlic, onion and celery. Saute until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add cooked ground turkey + veggies, along with tomatoes, spices + herbs into crockpot base
  • Stir to combine. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
  • Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles, rice, or whatever you like best!

StoveTop Instructions:

  • In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Brown ground turkey for 5-7 minutes. When fully cooked, remove from pan and set aside, reserving the juices/grease
  • Add carrots, garlic, onion and celery. Saute until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add cooked ground turkey back to the pan, along with tomatoes, spices + herbs.
  • Stir to combine, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour, uncovered, on medium- low heat, stirring every few minutes.
  • After 1 hour you can serve this sauce, but it’s best when simmered on low heat for 6-8 hours. This allows the flavors to come together and for the meat to be super tender.
  • Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles, rice, or whatever you like best!

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Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS FOR THIS RECIPE:
Meat: You ca use ground beef or ground chicken in this recipe. I wouldn't recommend using ground pork only because I think it would be a little bit fatty - but it would work. You can also try this Rosemary Chicken Sauce if you want a chicken breast recipe.
WW Freestyle Note: The only ingredient that could have points in this are the turkey and the olive oil. If you use 99% fat free turkey, you that is 0SP. 1 tablespoon of olive oil = 3SP. You can limit this or use something else to saute your veggies and make this 0SP per serving
Wine: You can add 1/2 cup of red or white wine to this before turning it on to cook if you are not strict paleo/Whole30. It's not necessary but it does add flavor.
Dairy: I prefer bolognese sauce without milk, but traditional bolognese does call for it. You can 1/2 cup whole milk to this recipe if you'd like.
Veggies: I have also made this with 1 cup chopped mushrooms added and it was delicious. If you don't have a certain amount of veggies, you can mix and match with others. A little less of carrots or celery, etc - will not drastically affect the taste.
Fresh herbs – I prefer to use fresh herbs in this recipe. Depending on what you use, I do a 3 to 1 ratio of fresh to dried spices. For example, you can use 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped herbs or 1 tablespoon of dried herbs.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Bolognese Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups sauce)
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 38.65mg13%
Sodium 460.56mg20%
Potassium 1105.14mg32%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 6.87g29%
Sugar 11.71g13%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 6308.5IU126%
Vitamin C 33.06mg40%
Calcium 129.34mg13%
Iron 4.35mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. This is an estimate and can vary pending your ingredients
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