Did You Know: A 3-ounce serving if lamb delivers 23 grams of protein almost 50% of your daily protein needs. Lamb is lean a 3 ounce serving has 175 calories.

Lamb Bolognese Sauce over Pasta or Zoodles

  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 1 28-ounce can of tomato puree
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound pappadelle pasta or wide fettuccine
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese, freshly shaved or grated for garnish.

For a paleo and gluten free alternative, you can use zucchini noodles: about 3-4 zucchini spiraled, and sauteed in 1 tablespoon if olive oil for 2-4 minutes, or until the zucchini softens.

  1. Heat the olive oil in large Dutch oven or large saute pan, and saute onion, celery, carrots and garlic until softened.
  2. Stir in oregano, nutmeg and the tomato paste.
  3. Add ground lamb and cook until browned and cooked through, breaking up the meat into crumbles. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add red wine, stock, tomato puree and bay leaf. Bring to a low simmer.
  5. Allow the liquid to reduce by half, about 30 minutes.
  6. Cover and cook on a low simmer until the sauce is thick, about 15 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
  7. cook pasta or zucchini noodles according to directions. Drain well. Toss together pasta or zucchini noodles and sauce.
  8. Spoon into serving dishes, sprinkle with desired amount of cheese about 1 Tbs per serving. Serve immediately.

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