Surprise Bolognese Sauce

Posted on Mar 29 2015 - 2:35pm by Marianne

Ok, so I want to try and add as much nutrients to my families diet. My children eat pretty well, but they do go through some stages of saying yuck to every meal. My son claims that he loves the colour green but some days doesn’t like any green vegetables. When he was younger tho, he had a thing for raw vegetables. Which he still enjoys now and again, to some extent.

So if you are having some trouble with your kids eating vegetables, try giving it to them raw, (of course for children that can chew on them well enough) because their taste buds are different to ours.

The surprise in this bolognese is superfood lambs liver and homemade broth. Added bonus is that offal and homemade broth are so cheap to buy and make.

I was lucky enough that the kids ate it without saying things such as ‘ something taste funny’ or ‘ew! what is this?’
So now you too can try to add as much extra nutrients in sauces and shepards pie’s as well.

Surprise Bolognese Sauce
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr 5 min
Total Time
2 hr 25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr 5 min
Total Time
2 hr 25 min
  1. 2 tbls oil/ghee
  2. 1 clove garlic crushed
  3. 1 onion chopped
  4. 1 carrot chopped
  5. 1 stalk celery chopped
  6. handful of spinach or kale leaves chopped finely
  7. 750mls tomato passata (sugar-free if on Whole30)
  8. 1 tbls tomato paste (optional) (sugar-free if on Whole30)
  9. 500 grms (1.1lbs) organic beef mince
  10. 100g (0.22lbs) lambs liver minced (blended into a paste)
  11. 1/2 - 1 cup of homemade broth
  12. 2 good pinches of sea salt
  13. 1 pinch pepper
  14. 2 pinch dried Italian herbs
  15. chopped basil
  1. Heat oil/ghee in a saucepan and add garlic and onion. Stir and sauté on medium low heat until soft.
  2. Add chopped carrot, celery, spinach or kale and cook until veggies are soft.
  3. Break apart beef mince into pan and sprinkle salt on the beef, break up lumps of mince with a wooden spoon until it's all separated and beef is browned and well cooked with the fat starting to rise to the top.
  4. Add herbs, basil, pepper and tomato paste to beef and stir.
  5. Stir in tomato passata and homemade broth to the beef and bring to a boil.
  6. Cook for 2 hours on medium low heat covered until the sauce is well cooked and you start to see the oils rise to the top. (Stir once in a while)
  7. When sauce is ready, stir in the minced liver. Turn heat off and let the liver cook in the residual heat while stiring. Cover pot.
  8. Sauce is ready after 5 min and test seasoning.
  1. You know what your family prefers so please add or remove any ingredient of your choice and chop your vegetables as coarsely or finely as you like.
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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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