(Dairy Free) Pasta Bolognese

Pasta Bolognese

This recipe takes some time, about 6 hours but most of it is hands off. You can also freeze the sauce for a quick meal prep.



Medium onion, chopped in half


Celery stalk, chopped finely


Small carrot, chopped finely

½ Cup

Spinach, chopped

6 Tbsp

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 lb

Ground turkey

1 lb

Ground pork

Pinch of salt

2 cup

Red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

6 oz

Tomato paste


Bay leaf

Pinch or two of finely grated nutmeg

4 cups

Chicken broth

2 cups

Almond milk

2 lbs

Gluten free pasta

4 oz

Finely grated parmesan (optional)


  1. Pulse onion, celery, carrot and spinach in a food processor until very finely chopped. Transfer to a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or other large pot over medium. Add onion mixture to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very soft and beginning to stick to surface, 10 minutes.
  3. Add ground meat to pot and pour in wine. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, smashing down on meat with a wooden spoon, until wine is evaporated, surface of pot is almost dry, and meat is finely ground, about 30 minutes. (The meat should be reduced to what looks like little bits. It takes a bit of effort, but you can take breaks.)
  4. Add tomato paste, bay leaf, and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally and still pressing down on meat, until tomato paste is slightly darkened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Pour stock and milk into pot; add a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to the lowest setting and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until meat is very, very tender, 4–5 hours. There shouldn’t be any rapid bubbles at this stage. Instead, the sauce should release the occasional small bubble or two.
  6. When finished, the sauce should have the texture of and look like a sloppy joe mixture. If the liquid reduces before the meat is completely tender, add an extra ½ cup stock and continue cooking. Discard bay leaf. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning with salt; keep warm.
  7. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water.
  8. Using tongs, transfer pasta to pot with sauce. Tip: Add 1 cup pasta cooking liquid and ½ cup Parmesan. Increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer, and cook, tossing constantly, until pasta is al dente and liquid is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

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