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My BIG FAT Grain Free Life: Bolognese Sauce

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bolognese Sauce

I'm so sorry that I haven't posted for some time.  I forgot how much time a little one (now 11 weeks old) takes up! (But I wouldn't have it any other way.)

Dealing with food allergies and dietary restrictions can seem overwhelming at times, especially when you consider how much time can be spent in the kitchen preparing food. One purpose for this blog has been to provide meal ideas that are easy for weeknights and even provide leftovers that freeze well.  This recipe wins on both counts. 

If you're concerned about fat, you can substitute ground chicken for the ground chuck and use chicken sausage in place of the pork variety.  It still has great flavor, though I prefer the meaty flavor and texture that beef and pork give.

I hope you enjoy!

Bolognese Sauce (dairy free, gluten free)

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 pound ground chuck
1 pound mild Italian sausage, casing removed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can San Marzano brand pureed tomatoes (the pureed have no seeds)
1/2 can water (recipe will explain)
1/2 cup Chardonnay
1/2 cup cashew milk
salt and pepper to taste
Pecorino Romano, grated (optional)

Heat large saute pan with sides to medium.  Add olive oil, onion, carrots and celery.  Saute until soft.  

Add ground chuck and sausage and stir, breaking up with wooden spoon.  Stir until meat is cooked through.

Remove pan from heat and stir in garlic for about 30 seconds.  Return to heat.  

Add pureed tomatoes.  Fill tomato can about half way with water, sloshing it around so it gets all of the tomato that's clinging to the can.  Add water to pan along with Chardonnay.

Stir well.  Tilt cover on top of pan to allow some steam to escape.  Turn heat to low (allowing it to simmer) and cook for about an hour.

Next, add cashew milk, salt and pepper to taste.  Stir and continue to cook without covering until it's to the desired consistency.  (I pretty much serve immediately.)

Serve over zoodles (zucchini noodles).



At March 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM , Blogger Amber said...

Hi There Jen,

I still think you're a superstar for even finding time to blog with a new baby! Seriously!!!

And this recipe looks just amazing! My #1 search is always for main dishes. Can't wait to try. And you know I'll be serving over zoodles!


At March 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Jen said...

Thanks for the sweet encouragement Amber!

At March 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM , Blogger Denise Marotta Lopes said...

Jennifer, this sounds wonderful! I love the way you provide such detail in your recipes. And, I'm not sure if it's a family tradition, but I, too, measure my water in the tomato can!


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