Delicious Homemade Bolognese Sauce
While yes, the fact the crust is made from scratch with this pizza recipe is impressive in itself, let’s be honest here. The real star of the show is the homemade bolognese sauce. Olive oil, onion, garlic, celery, carrot, paleo-friendly tomato basil sauce, bacon, and lean ground beef? They all combine to make one mouthwatering pizza sauce.
High in Protein
The bacon and lean ground beef both provide plenty of protein and saturated animal fats to the sauce. If you’re thinking, “aren’t saturated fats supposed to be bad for you?” The short answer is no, that’s a longstanding myth that has been debunked as more research has been done into what types of foods contribute to heart disease over the years. (1) Saturated animal fats in moderation are perfectly fine, and even help provide your body with more of the healthy kind of cholesterol (HDL). With that being said, there’s no reason not to add some delicious bacon and ground beef into your pizza sauce.
Add Vegetables to Boost Fiber Content
After baking your pizza, you could choose to enjoy it as is. It’s certainly delicious enough thanks to the paleo bolognese sauce. Personally, I like to add a bit more variety to my pizza by adding some healthy vegetables to the mix as well. I top my pizza with black olives, fresh basil leaves, cherry tomatoes, and arugula if I have it on hand. These vegetables really add another layer of distinct flavor to an already great pizza and I highly recommend you try adding them as well.
Back when I used to go out and order greasy pizzas in my younger years, I would almost always opt for a meat lovers pizza. Pepperoni, bacon, hamburger, sausage — you name it, I wanted it on there. In hindsight, I can’t believe how unhealthy those pizzas were and how often I enjoyed them. Luckily, this bolognese pizza is pretty much the next best thing and I can enjoy it totally guilt-free. It’s even good enough that I can use it as a weekly ‘cheat meal’ without actually cheating on my paleo diet.
P.S. – I know I’m not the only pizza lover out there following a paleo diet. That’s why I wanted to share a few other great paleo-friendly pizza recipes with you guys today. You’ll never have to feel deprived again when your friends are planning a pizza party after you try out the variety of recipes below:
- For the crust
- 2 pounds cauliflower florets
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- For Bolognese sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 bacon strips, chopped
- 10 oz extra ground lean beef
- 2 celery sticks, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 cups no sugar added, paleo approved tomato basil sauce
- For decoration (optional)
- black olives
- fresh basil leaves
- fresh arugula
- cherry tomatoes
- To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the carrots, celery and bacon and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.
- Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the ground beef and cook until brown.
- Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until thicken.
- Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside.
- To make the pizza crust, preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles rice.
- Place the cauliflower rice in a bowl along with eggs, coconut flour, garlic powder and salt and mix to combine. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Mix again and form the pizza crust 1/3 inch thick on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and spread the sauce over the crust.
- Bake for 15 minutes more.
- Remove from the oven and top with black olives, basil, tomato and arugula (if using).
- Slice and serve.