Courgette Tomato Basil Bolognese – mild spin on the homely Italian recipe.
I’m sure we’ve all had spaghetti bolognese before; for some, it’s probably an everyday meal. This little spin came from the craze of spiralized courgettes (zucchini) but also, a little idea I was trying to play with. Like, what happens when bolognese meets pesto? I actually wanted to try it this way but, I couldn’t actually bring myself to merge the two.
What happened next? I made some bolognese one day and just added some fresh basil.
It was seriously so delicious. Like, why hadn’t I done this before? It completely gave the normal, repetitive bolognese a whole new meaning for me.
Now some of you are probably thinking; this Courgette Tomato Basil Bolognese isn’t anything new. Well, it’s new to me haha. I might as well post it up as “a wonderful exploration of *new* cuisines” – see bio.
Nearly didn’t post this one today though. I mean, I looked at my pictures and was like “damn, I forgot to garnish” lol. I’ve really been trying to push myself photography-wise so these pictures put a little damper on my day. Nevertheless, I wanted to do a post today so that’s that. Will have to re-shoot sometime.
Hope you guys enjoy this recipe! Is there any other intriguing way you like to enjoy bolognese?
Check out THIS other spin on a popular Asian recipe!
- 2 tablespoon of Olive Oil (divided, or coconut oil)
- 1 large onion (finely chopped)
- 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
- 500 g of minced beef/lamb
- 400 g of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of Tomato Paste
- 6 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil (or 4 teaspoons dried)
- 1 teaspoon of Celery Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of Onion powder
- Salt & Black pepper to taste
- 3-4 Courgettes (spiralized)
- Sea salt
- In a medium sized pot, heat one tablespoon of oil on a low-medium heat. Add in your onions and garlic, cook until translucent.
- Next, add your minced meat and fry until browned.
- (Skip this step if using dried basil) While beef is browning, add half of your chopped tomatoes and fresh basil to a blender and process till smooth.
- Once meat is browned, stir in your mixture, the rest of the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste.
- Next, add in your celery salt, onion powder (and dried basil, if using instead of fresh).
- Bring the sauce to a boil then simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Add in salt and black pepper to taste.
- After sauce has simmered for at least 25 minutes, in a frying pan, heat up another tablespoon of oil. Add in your spiralized courgettes and flash fry for 2 minutes. Season with your salt.
- Once done, serve courgettes topped with tomato basil meat sauce.
- Garnish with fresh basil or cheese if you're primal!
*You can also add other vegetables such as carrots and mushrooms to this dish. You will add this after the onions but I suggest browning the meat first, removing to drain, cooking the onions and vegetables then adding the meat back in.
*I tried the recipe both with fresh and dried basil, they're both just as good but the basil is more pungent fresh.