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Healthy Bolognese

Making homemade bolognese sauce is easier than you’d think! This healthy bolognese is a tasty, delicious dish that you can make from scratch in only 20 minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: carrot, celery, dairy free, gluten free, ground beef, mushroom, nut free, onion, tomato
Servings: 4
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: cheap


  • 1 lb lean ground beef (500 g)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 100 g mushrooms
  • 14 oz canned diced tomatoes (400 g)
  • 1 onion
  • ½ cup tomato sauce (250 ml) UK: tomato passata
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Finely dice the onion, carrot, celery and mushrooms. Grate the garlic, or chop it very finely.
  • Heat up some olive oil in a large pot on medium heat, and add the vegetables. Sautee for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Then, add the ground beef, and sautee until the meat has browned. Add the remaining ingredients, give it a stir, then cover the pot with a lid and leave the sauce to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve the bolognese warm over pasta, or check out more serving suggestions below.


  • Leaving the dish to simmer for a while makes all the difference. This is key to making a great bolognese, as it helps the flavors really develop.
  • If you’re not a fan of vegetables, you can either leave them out, or chop them so finely that you can’t taste them. You can also cook them separately first, and puree them with a blender!


Refrigerated: You can store the pasta sauce in a refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat it in a microwave or in a pot on the stove top, and serve it hot.
Frozen: You can also freeze bolognese for up to 12 months. I like to freeze it down in portion sizes for easy dinners. Thaw the frozen sauce in a refrigerator overnight, then reheat and serve.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 849mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2823IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg