Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Had to make the kids happy one night with spaghetti, and since I am on the 21 day sugar detox I knew I needed a bit more substance than my normal marinara.  Bolognese is just a traditional red sauce with the addition of meat.  The best one is if you can mix ground beef with ground veal, but alas, I have yet to find grass fed veal locally.

2 tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp. oregano and basil, dried
1 tsp. fennel seed or ground
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes w/juice
1/2 c. water
1 can artichoke hearts, drained
1/2-1 tbsp. salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper

Preheat large saute skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 sec.-1 min.  Add beef and cook until almost done.  Add paste and mix well with beef.  Add tomatoes and water, mixing well again.  Bring to boil, keeping at a boil for about 5 minutes, and then reduce heat to a simmer for an additional 20 minutes, and the liquid has become thickened.  Add the artichoke hearts, heating an additional 5 minutes.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over squash of your choice.  It went perfectly with spaghetti squash.

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