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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
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 331kcal


  • 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


  • Fry the onions and garlic on a low heat until soft. Set aside
  • 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
  • If using streaky bacon, fry until crispy
  • 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.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for at least 1 hour (2 if possible!)
  • Should the sauce become too thick, add more beef stock.


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.


Serving: 334g | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Protein: 43.2g | Fat: 11.6g | Saturated Fat: 4.1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 5.8g