The classic pasta sauce goes low carb! Rich in flavour, Italian bolognese is ideal for all kinds of alternative pasta – kelp noodles, zucchini noodles or other vegetable pasta
Serving 4 people
300g minced beef
1 red onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 kg fresh tomatoes, diced and stems removed
1 small can of tomato paste, mainly for colour
200ml vegetable stock (ideally home made) or water
Olive oil for frying
Black pepper from the mill
Pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder (if you like it spicy, optional)
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp curry powder
- An hour to 30 minutes before cooking, season the minced beef to taste and let it rest at room temperature.
- Put a non-stick pan on medium heat – as you’re using olive oil, don’t put up the heat too high. Quickly stir-fry onion and garlic until the onions are transparent. Add the meat and mix well. Fry for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Add pepper, taste – and mix in more salt if needed.
- Pour vegetable stock or water over the meat, stir and bring to a boil. Add tomato paste, oregano, curry and if used, the cayenne pepper or chilli powder. Then add the tomato pieces and bring to boil again. After that, all you need is time. Reduce heat so the sauce is simmering, but not boiling. Stir regularly, and add a little water every once in a while. After 30 minutes, taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
- Keep cooking as long as you feel it takes for the sauce to develop its flavour – just taste it regularly. Keep cooking the sauce for an hour or more. The longer you simmer the sauce, the richer the taste, as the tomatoes dissolve completely.
- Meanwhile, prepare the pasta, low-carb noodles and a plain green salad to serve as a side. Boil pasta when you feel the sauce is ready. It doesn’t do any harm to keep it on the stove a little longer at very low heat. But nobody likes lukewarm pasta, right?
- Category: meals
- Method: cook and simmer
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 161 per serving
- Fat: 6g
- Carbohydrates: 7.9g net carbs
- Protein: 17.2g