Cauliflower Rice with Bolognese sauce

Posted on Dec 24 2014 - 6:49am by Marianne

If you haven’t tried this great rice alternative please give it a try! Cauliflower rice!

I remember as a child my mum would serve rice mixed with a bolognese sauce. So today I have used cauliflower rice instead. 

If you have an Italian background, did your mum do the same?


Cauliflower Rice with Bolognese sauce
Serves 4
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  1. 2 tbls ghee/oil
  2. 1 clove garlic crushed
  3. 1 onion chopped
  4. 1 carrot chopped
  5. 1 stalk of celery chopped
  6. 750mls Tomato passata (sugar-free if on Whole30)
  7. 500 grms (1.1lbs) grass fed beef mince
  8. medium cauliflower chopped into florets and washed
  9. 2 pinches of sea salt
  10. 1 pinch pepper
  11. 1 pinch dried Italian herbs
  12. 2 tbls Parmesan cheese to serve (optional(avoid if on whole30)
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan and add garlic and onion, stir on medium low heat until soft. Add chopped carrot, celery and cook until veggies are soft.
  2. Break apart beef mince into the pan and sprinkle salt on the beef, break up lumps of mince with a wooden spoon until all separated and beef is browned and the fat starts to rise to the top, from the beef.
  3. Add herbs and pepper to beef and stir.
  4. Add Tomato passata and bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat and simmer for 1-2 hours on medium low heat covered until sauce thickens, stirring the sauce once in a while. (If you think it is too thick ad a little water)
  6. Meanwhile add cauliflower florets to a hand blender and pulse until you have rice grain size cauliflower pieces.(if you blend too much it will turn to mush)
  7. You can add the cauliflower raw to the sauce or I like to fry in some ghee/coconut oil covered for 5 minutes. Then top the sauce on top yum!
  8. When sauce looks done (there should be a nice layer of oils showing on top) Add the cauliflower rice to the saucepan, stir and cover for 5-10 minutes. Test the cauliflower if it is tender to your liking, then serve.
  1. Why not make a large batch of bolognese sauce and freeze it for future use.
  2. You could add the cauliflower rice raw or fry it first in a hot frypan, then you can top the bolognese on top.
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Marianne found success with Paleo eating when she did a Whole 30 challenge with her husband in 2014. She hit her goal weight and improved her health and wellbeing. Marianne started giving Paleo makeovers to many of her families' traditional recipes and decided to share it with everyone on her Gusto Paleo blog.

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