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Keto Bolognaise and Zoodles Recipe

Louise | April 4
Keto Bolognaise and Zoodles Recipe #keto

When it comes to satisfaction and comfort, it’s hard to beat a nice big bowl of pasta with tomato sauce. If you are following a Keto diet, wheat pasta may be a thing of the past but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pasta at all. For example, take this recipe for Keto bolognaise and zoodles. The bolognaise is a hearty stew-like tomato sauce, packed full of flavor and ground beef. Plus, it uses beef broth to add even more satisfying beefy flavor to every bite. The zucchini noodles are the perfect vehicle for this meaty sauce. This meal would be excellent as an easy main for a casual dinner party. The sauce is so flavorful that even your non-Keto friends will be going back for seconds.

What is Bolognaise and Where Does It Come From

It is probably no surprise to you that bolognaise sauce comes from Italy, but did you know that Italian bolognaise and American bolognaise bear little resemblance to each other?

The first record of bolognaise dates back to 19th century Italy, right outside of Bologna. The sauce known as ragú alla Bolognese, or just ragú, is primarily made from beef with sautéed garlic and onions, and a little bit of tomato paste. Traditionally, milk is also added to give the sauce a creamy taste and texture.

In America, bolognaise sauce refers to nearly any tomato-based sauce with ground beef, and occasionally ground pork, added. The Italian dish it most closely resembles is not the ragú alla bolognese but the ragú alla napoletana, which includes more tomatoes than the version from Bologna.

Easy Additions to Mix Up Your Bolognaise Recipe

Some people say that there as many variations of tomato sauce as there are people to cook it. As someone who is always trying out new flavor combinations in recipes, I would agree. Read on for a few ingredients to mix up the flavor of your sauce without adding a ton of carbs.

  • Red pepper flakes
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • A handful of finely chopped mushrooms
  • Nutmeg (though it may sound weird to Americans, this is common in many traditional versions from Italy)

More Low-Carb Zoodle Recipes to Enjoy

One of the best things about zoodles is that just like wheat pasta, they take on the flavor of the ingredients they are cooked and served with. With so many different preparations, the world is your oyster. Read on for just a few suggestions on the many different ways to enjoy zucchini noodles.

Keto Bolognaise and Zoodles Recipe #keto

Keto Bolognaise and Zoodles Recipe #keto

Keto Bolognaise and Zoodles Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Entree
  • Cuisine: Italian


We love a good bolognaise and know you (and your guest) will too!


  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (110 g), peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves (6 g), peeled and minced
  • 1 lb of ground beef (450 g)
  • 3/4 can (300 g) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0 g) of dried oregano
  • 12.5 oz zoodles or 3 zucchinis (360 g), spiralized
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • parsley, to serve


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the onions and garlic. Cook over moderate heat until softened. Add the ground beef and increase the heat, cooking the beef until no longer pink.
  2. Add the tomatoes, beef broth, and dried oregano. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook partially covered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Once all the liquid has cooked down, remove the pan from the heat and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Prepare the zoodles by placing a dash of water into a large pan over high heat. Add the zoodles and cooking until all the moisture in the pan has evaporated and the zucchinis have cooked through (this won’t take longer than a minute or two.) Season with salt.
  4. Serve the bolognaise with the cooked zoodles and garnish with parsley.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 7 g


  • Calories: 379
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fat: 28 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 21 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.