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One Pot Zoodles with Bolognese Sauce

Zucchini Bolognese

Zucchini Bolognese is a lightened up and gluten free recipe with the same great tastes as classic spaghetti bolognese but made with zucchini noodles also known as zoodles. This entire dinner serves a family of four and is made in about half hours time.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Stove Top


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic in water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3 Zucchinis spiralized


  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil in pan on high heat. Then add in the ground beef, ground pork and onion. Mix and break up for 5 minutes until browned.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add in the garlic, Italian seasoning, dried basil, and tomato paste. Mix well, then add in the crushed and diced tomatoes. Mix again and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes with lid on.
  • While the sauce simmers, spiralize the zucchini.
  • Once the sauce has cooked for 10 minutes, add the zucchini to the sauce pan. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Mix well, divide evenly among plates and enjoy.


  • Toppings - I love to top my zoodles with grated cheese and fresh herbs like chopped basil and parsley.
  • Prevent Soggy Zoodles - To prevent having soggy limp zoodles you will want to cook them only for a few minutes. Anything more and they will turn to mush. I don't mind my zooddles on the crispier side, so I'll toss them in the sauce, and then immediately plate not cooking for an additional few minutes.
  • Substitutions - Here are a few of my favorite substitutions.
    • Veggies - You can spiralize yellow squash and even carrots for a sweeter tasting meat sauce. Do a mix of veggies or just one type of vegetable.
    • Meat Free - Make this bolognese meat free by substituting 2 cups chopped mushroom. Saute just like the meat step. Disclaimer: I've never test this method, but feel it could work.
  • Side Dish Suggestions - Whenever I make bolognese sauce I like to serve my meal with roasted broccoli, a salad, and sometimes even a crusty bread.


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