Low Carb Bolognese Sauce With Hidden Veggies

Low carb Bolognese sauce - a family favourite loaded with hidden veggies. This sauce is the essential ingredient in a variety of dishes from vegetable lasagne to chilli con carne!

Course Main Course
Cuisine British, Italian
Keyword bolognese sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 331 kcal
Author Katrin


  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1.5 kg ground beef
  • optional: 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon cut into small pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 medium carrots chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 3 celery sticks chopped
  • 2 large courgettes grated
  • 2 tins plum tomatoes 400 g each
  • 250 ml good quality beef stock
  • 150 ml dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • olive oil for frying
  • pepper and salt to taste


  1. Fry the onions and garlic on a low heat until soft. Set aside
  2. Brown the mince in batches from all sides, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go along. You'll need to do this in batches
  3. If using streaky bacon, fry until crispy
  4. Combine the meat, onions and garlic, tinned tomatoes, wine and beef stock in a big pot. Add the carrots, zucchini and celery and season with thyme and basil.
  5. Bring to the boil and simmer for at least 1 hour (2 if possible!)
  6. Should the sauce become too thick, add more beef stock.

Recipe Notes

I calculated on the basis of 12 servings. If you use the sauce as a base to another meal, you'd have to adjust the nutritional info.

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Bolognese Sauce With Hidden Veggies
Amount Per Serving (334 g)
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.6g18%
Saturated Fat 4.1g26%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Carbohydrates 9.9g3%
Fiber 2.3g10%
Sugar 5.8g6%
Protein 43.2g86%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.