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Courgette Tomato Basil Bolognese

February, 2016 (Last Updated: August, 2019)

Paleo Courgette Tomato Basil Bolognese – mild spin on the homely Italian recipe.

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Courgette (Zucchini) Tomato Basil bolognese from

Courgette (Zucchini) Tomato Basil bolognese

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!

Courgette (Zucchini) Tomato Basil bolognese from

Forgot to garnish the actual dish lol!

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Courgette Tomato Basil Bolognese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Healthy spin on Spaghetti Bolognese - Spiralized courgettes (zucchini) with a rich tomato - basil meat sauce.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: paleo
Servings: 3 -4 servings
Calories: 370 kcal
Author: WhittyPaleo
  • 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
  1. In a medium sized pot, heat one tablespoon of oil on a low-medium heat. Add in your onions and garlic, cook until translucent.
  2. Next, add your minced meat and fry until browned.
  3. (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.
  4. Once meat is browned, stir in your mixture, the rest of the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste.
  5. Next, add in your celery salt, onion powder (and dried basil, if using instead of fresh).
  6. Bring the sauce to a boil then simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Add in salt and black pepper to taste.
  8. 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.
  9. Once done, serve courgettes topped with tomato basil meat sauce.
  10. Garnish with fresh basil or cheese if you're primal!
Recipe Notes

*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.


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  • Reply
    November, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Simple recipe thank you

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    Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy
    February, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Oh my gosh! I cannot believe I missed this recipe… looks SO good. Once I’ve finished juicing this recipe will be on the cards for sure.

    • Reply
      February, 2016 at 3:41 PM

      Thank you Charla! Gosh, I hope the juicing is going well! 🙂

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