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Zucchini Bolognese

Zucchini Bolognese

A free weight loss recipe on Shape Me, by Susie Burrell

gluten-free  dairy-free  nut-free  egg-free  wheat-free 


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lose 3-5kg lose 5-10kg

We all love pasta but few of us need that many carbs! Swap in zucchini noodles ('zoodles') and you've got a delicious dinner even the kids will love.


  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 brown onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, diced finely
  • 4 celery stalks, diced finely
  • 2 x 400g cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4-6 small zucchinis, spiralised
  • Handful of basil, ripped, for serving

Preparation Method:

  1. For the bolognese sauce: heat half the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the mince and brown, stirring to break up any lumps.
  3. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining oil and add the onion, garlic, celery and carrot. Sweat these ingredients down till they are soft and fragrant.
  5. Return the mince to the pan along with the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, bay leaves and thyme giving the mixture a good stir.
  6. Cover and simmer for up to an hour, but in the last 10 minutes of cooking remove the lid and let the sauce reduce and thicken.
  7. In this last 10 minutes of cooking, heat a smaller pan over a low-medium heat with a spray of oil and sauté the zucchini noodles for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Serve the bolognese over a good helping of zucchini noodles and top with basil.