There's something about growing up a swimmer that makes you crave a good old bowl of pasta, am I right?!? Well, actually, it's not that mysterious seeing as to how team pasta parties before big meets were a staple. You know what else makes me wish I could dive head-first into some linguine? A trip to the North End AKA Little Italy! If you've ever been to Boston and ventured to the North End, chances are you feel me! They have EVERYTHING delicious, from the pastries to the pizza to the gelato, all while being surrounded by the historic streets and authentic Italian culture.
I took a trip to Little Italy recently and somehow managed to stay on my Whole30, man was that a test! BUT I became so inspired to make a delicious grain-free recipe with the perfect bolognese so that's exactly what I did. Have you ever made a meat-sauce before and just can't seem to get it to taste as good as it does when you get it at a restaurant? Well, I always felt this way - it was something about the consistency of the sauce and I could never quite get it to blend perfectly... until now (I feel like I'm selling a product on an infomercial with that line). i did lot's of research on how to get those authentic Italian flavors in the sauce and I swear to you, I didn't even miss the pasta!
Bolognese Sauce Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Makes 3-4 servings
½ pound ground sausage
½ pound grass-fed ground beef* note: can sub ground turkey for lighter meal
1 cup heirloom tomatoes, cut in half
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves plus 1-3 small fresh basil leaves for garnish
1 container spiralized veggie noodles of your choice (e.g. zoodles – zucchini noodles (pictured directly above, Radish noodles pictured in top photo)
2 cups sugar-free organic tomato basil marinara sauce (I use Trader Joes Brand)
Salt and pepper to taste
Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet and turn heat to medium.
While pan is heating up, cut tomatoes in half, chop basil, mince garlic.
Add tomato, basil and garlic to pan and reduce heat to low. Allow ingredients to simmer for about 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place a large pot of water on stovetop and bring to a boil. Add veggie noodles to pan and reduce heat. Boil until tender.
Drain noodles, place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and lightly coat in olive oil. Place in oven for approximately 10-15 minutes then remove and place in a bowl.
Add sausage and ground beef too pan with garlic, tomatoes and basil and season with salt and pepper.
While meat cooks down, break apart with spatula to keep it from clumping together and continue to stir in the garlic and basil base until evenly distributed.
When meat is almost fully cooked, add marinara sauce and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer until sauce thickens and meat is fully cooked (approximately 8-10 minutes).
Pour sauce over bowl of veggie noodles, garnish with fresh basil.
Serve warm and enjoy!