Classic Hidden Veggie Bolognese
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 6
A healthy, Whole30, paleo recipe for classic bolognese that helps sneak in some extra veggies. Easy and ready in 30 minutes.
  • 1 Tbl ghee
  • 1½ lbs grass-fed ground beef
  • ½ lb pasture-raised ground pork
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion (small dice)
  • 3 ribs celery (small dice)
  • 2 large carrots (small dice)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1-2 cups frozen chopped spinach or kale (well chopped)
  • 25 oz tomato sauce
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt 1 tsp ghee. When the pan is hot, add the meat and brown until mostly cooked through. Season with half the salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside. Return pan to heat, add remaining ghee to melt. Add onion and sauté about 5 minutes until translucent. Add celery, carrots, garlic, herbs and remaining salt and pepper. Saute another 5 minutes until veggies soften slightly. Then add the spinach and return meat to the pan with tomato sauce. Stir to combine, reduce heat to low, cover pan and allow to simmer gently for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Optional Additions: feel free to add additional veggies such as diced sweet potato. I am always trying to add in as many veggies as I can to a dish!
Recipe by Grace Brinton at