Hearty Bolognese Sauce

Tomatoes are without a doubt one of my favorite ingredients. They work in SO many recipes. Salads, stews, sauces, salsas, as toppings, roasted, grilled… you name it. So, to continue with this month’s HFF & American Express theme of with foods inspired by travel, we’re going to go with an Italian dish!

I have recently been craving a hearty bolognese over my traditional meat sauce. What is the difference between the two? Well for one, some different ingredients, but two, the bolognese sauce is cooked down until it is thick and hearty. I made this for a nice weeknight dinner, and we wanted it again the same week.


Give yourself 30-minutes and you’ll have the perfect Italian-style dinner. Guilt-free!




Hearty Bolognese

Preparation 10 min 2017-08-20T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 min 2017-08-20T00:20:00+00:00


  • 1 lb. grass-fed beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 vine ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can organic tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or ground garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon (or more) red pepper flakes


  • Chop carrots, onion, tomatoes, and mushrooms- set aside
  • Heat oil and garlic in pan
  • Add chopped carrots, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and peas
  • Let cook for 3-5 minutes until veggies are somewhat softened and onions translucent
  • Add meat and let cook, mixing often, until brown
  • Add in tomato paste and mix well
  • Add in red wine, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, ground garlic and red pepper flakes- mix well
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes until flavors are combined and bolognese is thick
  • Serve hot over zucchini linguine (or desired pasta)!
  • Recipe Notes

  • I use the Paderno Spiralizer for my zucchini linguini
  • I was selected by American Express to contribute to their Tumblr community. As such I was paid for my services, but all opinions in general and about American express are my own.



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