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Zucchini Noodles with Classic Bolognese

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Zucchini Noodles with Classic Bolognese

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There is no reason a gluten-free diet should be boring or lacking in taste! These spiral zucchini noodles offer an excellent alternative to the classic spaghetti noodle. It’s so delicious I would bet your gluten loving friends will even love it!

Yield:  Approximately 4 – 6 servings

Oven: N/A

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours  

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Bolognese:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound ground pork

1 pound ground veal or beef

1 yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes

2 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

4 garlic cloves, minced

6 roma tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

1, 6-ounce can tomato paste

2 – 3 cups beef stock

1 1/2 tablespoons dry oregano

kosher salt, as desired

1/3 cup ricotta – see kitchen note

Zucchini noodles:

4 zucchinis, stem end removed, cut into spirals using a spiralizer – see kitchen note

Garnish:

1 cup crumbled feta, garnish – see kitchen note

Method:

To prepare the sauce:

1.   In a large Dutch oven, over medium – high heat, add olive oil and allow to heat, approximately 1 minute. Add pork and veal and using a wooden spoon, break into bite size pieces. Cook until meat is cooked through and golden in color, approximately 4 – 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and set to the side.

2.   To the Dutch oven, over medium – high heat, add onions, carrots and celery, allowing to cook while occasionally stirring until soft and golden brown in color, approximately 8 minutes. 

3.   Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste and stock to just cover.

4.   Bring to a boil, add meat, reduce to low, cover and simmer while occasionally stirring, until flavors have developed and meat is tender, at least 3 hours or 4 if time allows.

To serve:

5.   Right before serving, add ricotta to the Bolognese stirring until evenly combined. Bring to a simmer and adjust seasoning to taste with salt.

6.   Add zucchini noodles, toss until evenly coated, divide among 4 – 6 serving bowls and garnish with fresh feta to finish.

 

Kitchen Note: For a dairy free version, omit the ricotta and feta all together. Classic Bolognese includes milk or ricotta, which is added when the tomatoes are so that it reduces along with the sauce.

Feel free to substitute turkey, chicken or all beef for the pork and veal combination. For a vegetarian version, add more veggies and use vegetarian stock instead of beef.