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Healthy Bolognese with Gluten-Free Tagliatelle

A delicious, flavorful, healthy bolognese meat sauce served with gluten-free tagliatelle makes for the perfect cozy date night meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bolognese, date night, gluten-free pasta, healthy bolognese, healthy dinner
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Author Dani



  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 celery stocks chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian chicken sausage pork sausage works as well
  • 1 28 ounce can crushes tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup good quality red wine a bold red like, cab, syrah, or blend work best
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4-5 gloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar optional
  • Pasta
  • 9 ounces of gluten-free tagliatelle I used jovial, or other preferred pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh shredded parmesan
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • French baguette torn into pieces


  1. In a dutch oven or large pot, heat olive oil. Add onions, carrots, and celery and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until softened and onions start to caramelize. Season with about a big pinch of salt, about 1/2 teaspoon.

  2. Add garlic and Italian seasonings and cook for about a minute, or until fragrant.
  3. Add both meats, crumble with your spatula, cook until no longer pink and outside starts to brown. Add the tomato paste and cook until it become a rusty red color and coats the meat.

  4. Deglaze the pot with red wine and allow to cook for 2-4 minutes, or until alcohol has burnt off and the wine has reduced slightly.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and anorther healthy pinch of salt and cook until the tomatoes begin to bubble. Lower heat to a simmer and allow to cook for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, so the sauce develops its flavor. After the sauce has simmered, taste, add more salt if desired. Also, if too acidic, add the teaspoon of coconut sugar (or cane suagr). Remove from heat.

  6. When the sauce is almost done cooking, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  7. Drain pasta and add back to pot. Pour in desired amount of sauce and toss with tongs. Divide among plates.
  8. Top with fresh parmesan, torn basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with a side of French bread.

  9. Serve and enjoy!