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Easy Weeknight Bolognese Sauce


This Easy Weeknight Bolognese Sauce is a great way to quickly get dinner on the table. Serve over zoodles for a healthy and hearty Paleo meal!

This sauce is inspired my father’s spaghetti sauce. Growing up in the South, the only pasta I ever had was spaghetti with meat sauce.   After moving up North I was introduced to so many wonderful Italian dishes, and none of them really tasted like the “spaghetti” that I grew up eating.

My kids request that my dad make this for them when they visit North Carolina. They call it, “Big Daddy Spaghetti”. Yes, they call my father Big Daddy…

Anyway, sometimes I long for a simple Bolognese sauce. I like that it's packed with protein, and it’s a good one to serve over spaghetti squash or zoodles. I also use this recipe in my Grain Free Eggplant Lasagna:


My favorite thing about this sauce is that it is quick and easy. If you are really in a hurry, (or just lazy that night), you could sub in a jar of your favorite marinara for the tomato sauce, red wine, salt, pepper, dried basil, and dried oregano. I like Rao’s, it’s delicious and pretty clean. I would still finish the Bolognese off with the fresh basil.


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4.50 from 2 votes

Easy Weeknight Bolognese Sauce

Servings: 6


  • 1 1/3 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 8 oz container of fresh sliced mushrooms (3 cups)
  • 5 cloves minced garlic 2 Tbs
  • 2 -15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup fresh basil torn or roughly chopped
  • I recommend using organic ingredients when possible.


  • Brown the ground beef over medium heat in Dutch oven or a wide skillet with tall sides.
  • Before the beef is finished browning, add the onion and sauté until it turns translucent and begins to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms, and sauté until they lose most of their moisture and soften.
  • Add garlic, and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add: tomato sauce, red wine, salt, pepper, dried basil, and dried oregano. Stir to combine.
  • In simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring often. Turn off the burner, stir in the fresh basil, and serve.


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26 comments on “Easy Weeknight Bolognese Sauce”

      1. Thank you! I made this tonight using 1/2 cup beef broth plus 1 T. balsamic vinegar instead of the red wine. It is SO good!

    1. Hi Sue, Usually rabbit sauces are braised. This is a quick stove top dish, and I'm not sure how the rabbit would be with a short cooking time. If you wanted to make this with rabbit I would suggest to make it as directed, in an oven-proof pot with a lid (Dutch oven), then stir in 1 cup of water and braise covered in a 325 degree oven for 60-90 minutes. Stir occasionally, and add more water as needed (don't let it burn). Please note that I have never tried it this way, so I can't make any promises.

  1. how many cans of tomato sauce are used total in this recipe? The recipe states 2 (15 oz.) cans twice.

  2. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious and easy!!! I made the eggplant lasagna and used it, but the second time around, I'm going to try it in my zucchini boats. I can't wait! Thank you so much!

  3. Tonight I had some friends over for dinner who eat exclusively Paleo. I made this for the meal and it was phenomenal!!! Seriously! I served it over spaghetti squash and was very pleased with the result. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Kimber, The sauce will keep up to 5 day in the fridge, but it also freezes really well. I usually make the zoodles right before serving, but you can keep uncooked zoodles in the fridge for about three days. After that, they start to get soggy and limp. Hope that helps!

  4. […] 7. Easy Weeknight Bolognese This sauce comes together in less than 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner over spaghetti squash. You’ll need ground beef, sweet onion, sliced mushrooms, garlic, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Using a pre-made tomato sauce (paleo friendly) keeps this sauce simple. […]

  5. I have the cooking skills of a 7 year old, but I made this today and it turned out tasting really good! Will make more for mum. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Just made the easy Bolognese sauce to make the eggplant lasagna and it is delicious!!! Easy and full of hearty rich flavour. Thank you.

  7. 4 stars
    It's OK. My family liked it. It didn't do much for me, but it was decent. I followed the recipe to a T except did not add fresh basil at the end.

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