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Eggplant Bolognese

Cindy Anschutz Barbieri

"Italian recipes are my favorite especially when eggplant is included. This is a hearty bolognese and a paleo recipe that is prepared in one pot! You can add any of your favorite vegetables such as peppers or zucchini. You serve over spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or your favorite pasta! Enjoy!"
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1 h 15 m servings 282 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; cook pork sausage, breaking it onto smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef; cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly, about 5 minutes. Drain excess fat.
  2. Pour remaining olive oil over sausage mixture; add eggplant, onion, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and continuing cooking until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Mix crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, parsley, oregano, and basil into sausage mixture; bring to a boil. Cover Dutch oven, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can make this meatless by omitting the meat and add peppers and zucchini to make this extra hearty. You can also substitute ground pork for the sausage.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 282 calories; 17.7 g fat; 19.2 g carbohydrates; 14.1 g protein; 34 mg cholesterol; 840 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I was really happy with this recipe! The eggplant cooks down so much that it creates a nice creamy texture to the sauce. Another way to sneak some veggies in! I don't know which, but one of t...

This is great! Spaghetti squash is very underated as an alternative to the processed strands of empty nutrition folks normally use for their dinner. The only thing I would consider doing is leav...

This was delicious. I have never had Bolognese before so I can't say whether or not it is what one would expect, but it definitely beat marinara sauce - even marinara with meatballs. It makes ...

I made this, mostly because I had all the components on hand. My husband said it was really great and a definite do over. I thought it good, and would have liked it better, but I don't really ...

Absolutely delicious! I used fresh tomatoes instead of canned as that was what I had. It also freezes and reheats beautifully. I'll be making this in much larger batches to freeze next year

Really liked the favors but next time will add some red wine with the onions to build some richness. Also, made fresh pasta with it - will make it again.

A winner in my book. Fiancee doesnt' like mushy vegetables but if you chop the mushrooms, everything comes out in a consistency that's just one thick meat sauce so he doesn't know. Delicious

I am a huge fan of bolognese and very picky about flavor, oiliness, and meatiness. I doubled this recipe and made fresh pasta. DELICIOUS! It made so much I was able to freeze some, too. I weighe...

Fabulous. My only change was to use chicken sausage instead of pork.. thought I had pork in freezer! I used half zucchini noddles and half pasta.. topped this with Parmesan once and feta another...