Low-carb Zoodles Bolognese

Oh, yes, oh, yes! Hearty and savory low-carb Bolognese can be on your dinner table tonight! With a dash of umami and a hint of garlic – you want this.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: noodles
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 oz. celery stalks
  • lbs ground beef
  • 3 oz. butter or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 14 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano or dried basil
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • water optional


  • 2 lbs zucchini
  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • salt or pepper


  • Chop the vegetables finely. Sauté in butter or olive oil until soft and add the ground beef.
  • Sauté on high heat until everything has turned a nice color. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and let simmer on medium high for 15 minutes.
  • Lower the heat some more. Add water if the sauce is getting too thick. Let simmer for 20 minutes or more. The longer the sauce is allowed to simmer, the better the flavor.
  • In the meantime, make the noodles. Use a spiralizer, mandolin or peeler to make long, thin strips of zucchini.
  • Heat a frying pan and toss them around quickly in butter or olive oil. A minute is enough to keep them from going to soft.
  • Taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve the noodles warm with the hot sauce on top. Finish with a good grating of Parmesan cheese.



Make a double batch and freeze in serving sizes to use for other dishes like pie, lasagna and gratins.
Skip oregano and celery and add taco spices for a lovely Tex-Mex option.
Skip tomato paste if you want to limit the carbs more.
Don’t forget to garnish with fresh parsley, for a stunning visual contrast!