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Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce

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My toddler loves bolognese sauce, so I cook up a big batch of this low-carb bolognese sauce every few weeks and then divide into smaller containers to freeze and pull out for a quick midweek meal.

I don’t use celery in my sauce as it's not something I usually have on hand and I personally can never taste the difference if I use it or leave it out. If you do wish to add it, use 2-3 ribs finely diced, and added at the first step with the other vegetables.

This sauce is delicious served with low-carb pasta alternatives such as zoodles, shirataki (konjak) noodles (here's how to prepare shirataki), or even cauliflower rice.

For my toddler, I steam some chopped greens to stir through. Or, for something extra special, slice an eggplant lengthwise and grill, then cover with the bolognese sauce and cheese. Place under the grill until the cheese has melted and is starting to bubble.

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Serving size about 1 cup/ 240 ml

Allergy information for Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 cup/ 240 ml)

Net carbs6.1 grams
Protein23.7 grams
Fat32.9 grams
Calories426 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 23%, fat 71%
Total carbs8.3 gramsFiber2.2 gramsSugars4.8 gramsSaturated fat10.9 gramsSodium393 mg(17% RDA)Magnesium39 mg(10% RDA)Potassium685 mg(34% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 medium brown onion, diced (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 1 medium carrot, finely diced (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (30 ml)
  • 500 g ground beef (1.1 lb)
  • 2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1 cup tomato passata (pureed canned tomatoes) (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or bone broth (360 ml/ 12 fl oz)


  1. Peel and finely dice the onion, carrot and garlic. Heat oil in a large pot.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce
  2. Add onion, carrot and garlic and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, until the vegetables have softened.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce
  3. Add the mince and herbs and cook, stirring, 10 minutes to brown the meat.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce
  4. Add the tomato passata, stock and reduce to low heat. Cover and cook half an hour, stirring occasionally.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce
  5. Serve with zucchini noodles, shirataki noodles or palmini noodles. Store in the fridge up to five days. Freeze in an airtight container up to two months.
    Easy Low-Carb Bolognese Sauce

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 cup/ 240 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.8 g60 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
1.6 g0.2 g0 g9 kcal
Carrot, fresh
1.4 g0.2 g0 g8 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.7 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g21.5 g25 g318 kcal
Italian seasoning (mixed herbs)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Tomato sauce (passata), unsweetened
2.3 g0.7 g0.2 g15 kcal
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g0.9 g0.9 g12 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 cup/ 240 ml
6.1 g23.7 g32.9 g426 kcal

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Comments (12)

Awesome bolognaise.
I painted it with a low carb soy bean paste.
Def 5 stars.

Thank you!

Would I be able to hide extra veggies in here for my toddler.

I think you would! 😊

Making this at the moment.  Meat now simmering in sauce, however seems to be very runny.  Not sure how it is going to thicken.

Hi Sonia, you can always cook for 2-5 more minutes to thicken, that won't spoil the recipe and will help you reach the consistency you prefer!

The depth of flavour is incredible. LOVE.

It is! I Made it a couple of times this month 😊 So good to have meals like this when you don't have time to cook. I had one with zoodles and one with cauli rice - yum!

I love it served with both of these options. Comfort food that just makes me feel good.

I love your recipes! I was wondering why you left the milk out of the Bolognese sauce? Was it because of carb count?

Yes that is correct. A small amount of whole milk is ok but I would avoid it unless absolutely necessary. I also wanted to keep this recipe dairy-free so I avoided other options like cream.

and traditionally is does not contain milk