Spaghetti Sauce Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese
Shown on spaghetti squash threads which are NOT included in the nutritional numbers below.

This is the spaghetti sauce I have been cooking for nearly 50 years and my mother for probably that long before me.  🙂 Haven’t found one I like better.  I usually double or triple the recipe and freeze some for convenience.  This recipe is acceptable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal-Paleo as well.


1 ½ lb. lean ground beef

½ c. green pepper chopped

½ c. parsley chopped

1 c. celery chopped

6 garlic cloves minced

6 oz. yellow onion chopped

2   14-oz. cans crushed or diced tomatoes (kind with no added sugars)

1   small (8 oz.) can tomato paste

½ tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (less if you don’t like it very spicy)

1 T. dried crushed oregano

1 bay leaf

1 T. fresh rosemary (or ½ tsp. dried)

1 T. fresh basil leaves, chopped (or ½ tsp. dried)

½ tsp. fennel seed, crushed

VARIATIONS:  add diced eggplant, mushrooms, or chopped, browned Italian sausage

DIRECTIONS:  Brown meat in large stew pot.  You may need a little oil if your meat is real lean.  Chop all veggies and add to meat and stir well.  Now add garlic, seasonings, tomatoes and tomato paste.  Simmer covered for 1½-2 hours on lowest heat possible.  Will yield about 8-9 cups of sauce, or 8-10 servings, depending on how saucy you like things and how you plan to use the sauce.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 10, each serving has: (excluding any added items mentioned in VARIATIONS)

295.3 cals, 20.75g fat, 13.18g carbs, 4.48 g fiber, 8.7g NET CARBS, 18.3g protein, 116 mg. sodium


2 thoughts on “Spaghetti Sauce Bolognese

  1. frjimt9455

    wow, great recipe, esp for the “pasta” ive found from impastable low carb pasta… 44 carbs, but 36 fiber.. from thin slim foods. i use it when i tire of zoodles or other alternatives…

    but really, using this for 50+ yrs niw, so, like many of us, u started “cooking” on nanny’s lap!

    1. I find the Impastable a bit pricey. I usually just use Al Dente brand called Carba Nada……just not very often. Has 17 net carbs per serving. Tastes just like real noodles. Not fond of shirataki noodles. Too “rubbery” for my palate. Spaghetti squash tastes too much like squash. Zucchini noodles have too much water no matter what you do to eliminate it.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s