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!

Cindy Anschutz Barbieri
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

282 calories; 17.7 g total fat; 34 mg cholesterol; 840 mg sodium. 19.2 g carbohydrates; 14.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2017
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 leaving the majority of garlic to be added to your pot under recipe section 3 in order to keep the essential enzymes intact from the higher temps reached during 1 and 2. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2017
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 leaving the majority of garlic to be added to your pot under recipe section 3 in order to keep the essential enzymes intact from the higher temps reached during 1 and 2. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2017
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 leaving the majority of garlic to be added to your pot under recipe section 3 in order to keep the essential enzymes intact from the higher temps reached during 1 and 2. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2019
Perfect Paleo meal. I substituted Johnsonville Hot Italian sausage(out of the casing) for the pork sausage changing the flavor. The eggplant combined with everything was so good. I added italian seasoned diced tomatoes. My family loved the meal. It is filling and in our new way of eating. Thank you Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2018
I love this sauce. The eggplant gives it a nice creamy texture. I usually cut out half of the basil (personal preference) and use poultry sausage. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2017
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 a lot. I put the leftovers in the freezer and hope all will be well with them. I got the leftovers out today and used them as the base for a cottage pie. I just topped them with some mashed potatoes and some sharp cheddar. It was excellent! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2016
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 time. Both good Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2016
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 like cooked tomatoes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2018
Amazing! I used a pound of ground beef and no sausage. Only 1 tbsp of olive oil was necessary. Added extra garlic and onion and a 28oz can of diced tomatoes. Served over spaghetti squash. Wow!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2016
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2019
Delicious!!! Read More