Homemade Bolognese Sauce

Most canned pasta sauces are full of sugar and salt. Make this healthier version at home and pair with whole wheat pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce. This sauce is really easy to make and also freezes beautifully if you’d like to freeze half the recipe and have some on hand for those nights where you just don’t have time to cook.


Onions, small, diced1 each1 each
Garlic cloves, minced5 each5 each
Mushrooms, sliced1 cups250 mL
Zucchini, medium, chopped1 each1 each
Peppers, diced1 each1 each
Olive oil2 Tbsp30 mL
Ground beef2 ½ cups600 g
Diced tomatoes, low sodium, canned, 796 mL1 each1 each
Tomato paste, canned, 156 mL1 each1 each
Sugar1 Tbsp15 mL
Black pepper1 tsp5 mL
Dried oregano2 Tbsp30 mL
Dried thyme1 Tbsp15 mL
Dried basil2 Tbsp30 mL
Chili powder1 tsp5 mL
Dried parsley1 tsp5 mL
Salt¼ tsp1 mL


  1. In a frying pan over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef in 1 Tbsp of olive oil.
  2. In a large stock pot, add the remaining olive oil the vegetables. Sauté until tender, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Once the beef has browned, add to the stock pot. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the stock pot.
  4. Simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

Makes 8 servings (273 g /serving).  1 serving = 1 cup