This low carb bolognese sauce tastes amazing and is made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot! A super easy meat sauce that the whole family will love!
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Just because low-carbers can't eat pasta doesn't mean we can't eat a delicious meat sauce like Bolognese! I decided to make this version using the slow cooker function of my Instant Pot and my house smelled amazing ALL DAY! And if you're wondering what to serve this sauce with, you might like to check out my list of low carb spaghetti alternatives!
How to Make Low Carb Bolognese in the Slow Cooker
Before you go flinging food in the slow cooker, it is advisable to brown off the meat first. This will remove excess water and fat and will drastically improve your sauce! Heat some olive oil in a large skillet and add some ground beef – if you're using non-stick then you might not need the oil. Break up the beef and keep cooking until it has all browned.
While it cooks, add some canned tomato sauce, red wine (optional – but really adds flavor), onion powder, garlic paste, Italian seasoning (or dried oregano and basil), and bay leaves to a slow cooker (or you could use the slow cooker setting on an Instant Pot!).
Drain the meat and discard the liquid. A slotted spoon is a useful tool for this job – you can then spoon the beef straight into the slow cooker. Stir well.
Cook on high for four hours or low heat for 8 hours. It will smell soooooo good! Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
And you don't need to even find a spaghetti alternative if you don't want – you could also serve this sauce over low carb nachos or just ladle some into a bowl and top it with some grated cheese!!!
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You might also like to try my Low Carb Turkey Meat Sauce recipe!
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 15 oz canned tomato sauce
- ¼ cup red wine, optional
- 1 tbs Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 3 bay leaves
- salt and pepper
- Add oil to a large pan and add the beef. Cook over a medium heat until the meat is browned, breaking it up as it cooks.
- Drain the meat, discarding the liquid. Add the meat to the slow cooker and add the remaining ingredients (except salt and pepper). Stir well.
- Cook on high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 8 hours.
- Season with salt and pepper, then serve.
6g net carbs per serving
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size Quarter of the recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 342Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 101mgSodium 687mgCarbohydrates 8gNet Carbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 34g
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.