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Paleo Bolognese Sauce with Squash Noodles

  • Author: Jaime Hartman
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


This paleo/primal bolognese sauce packs a ton of taste and modifications are suggested for making it AIP-compatible.


  • 6 ounces pancetta or compliant thick cut bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped (omit for low-FODMAP)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, minced
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed or minced (omit for low-FODMAP)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 4 cups Paleo On the Go “Nomato Sauce” (use “nomato” for AIP) or Richie’s tomato sauce (recipe below
  • 6 ounces pumpkin puree (use pumpkin puree for AIP) or tomato paste
  • OPTIONAL: 3 jalapeno peppers, finely minced (omit for AIP)
  • salt and pepper to taste (omit pepper for AIP)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk coconut milk


  1. Over medium to medium-high heat in a large skillet, cook pancetta or bacon until fat is rendered and pancetta is crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving fat in pan.
  2. Add olive oil, celery, carrot, rosemary, and sage. Cook until carmelized, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the white wine to deglaze the pan and scrape up any browned bits. Cook until the wine is reduced and the pan is almost dry, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the ground meats and cook, breaking into small pieces, until no pink remains, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the red wine and reduce until pan is almost dry, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the “nomato” or or tomato sauce, the pumpkin puree or tomato paste, and the reserved pancetta or bacon as well as the optional peppers, if you are using them.
  8. Lower heat to simmer and cook until thick and all flavors have mingled, about 1 hour.
  9. Adjust seasonings to taste and add coconut milk just before serving.
  10. Serve over squash noodles.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 90 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Italian