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!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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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.

Nutrition Facts

282 calories; protein 14.1g; carbohydrates 19.2g; fat 17.7g; cholesterol 34.2mg; sodium 839.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2017
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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  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 3
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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
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
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Rating: 4 stars
08/25/2016
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. 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
06/08/2020
Phenomenal as written. No need to change anything. My go to bolognese now! Makes enough to freeze some for later. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2020
This recipe is my go to for Italian sauce!! I have added some of the suggested add ins like red wine and other veggies that I have available! I alternate putting it over spaghetti squash or pasta! I have had 3 different people ask me for the recipe!! Delicious! 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
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
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