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Monday, 4 August 2014

A Lighter Flavored Homemade Veggie Bolognaise Sauce

This is a wonderful, and easy meaty pasta sauce you can throw together in no time!  It's perfect for summer, since it's lighter than a traditional bolognaise sauce.  It's packed with veggies, too!  It's great with any GF pasta, or you can even use it on top of pizza in lieu of regular spaghetti sauce.
Served over gluten-free penne pasta.

Homemade Veggie-filled Bolognaise Sauce
Serves 6-8

Heat in a large pot or large high-sided saucepan over medium heat:
1/4 - 1/3 cup olive oil

Cook until just starting to soften:
1 large onion, finely diced

Add, cooking 3-4 minutes:
1-2 large carrots, grated

Add, cooking until browned:
1 lb. lean ground beef

Mix in, cooking 1 minute:
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried basil

Push beef/veggies to the side of the pan.  Cook in the middle 1-2 minutes, until fragrant:
2 tsp minced garlic

Add, stirring til combined:
1 can tomato sauce
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt (best to adjust to desired taste near the end of cooking)

Mix in:
2-3 big handfuls baby spinach (diced, if desired)

Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for 1/2 hour.  You can let this simmer longer, but the taste is great after 1/2 hour.  Salt and pepper, to taste before serving. 

Packed with veggies, and full of taste! 

Serve over a gluten-free pasta of your choice.  Great with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy! 

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