Easy Eggplant Bolognese

Author Sarah Fragoso

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons bacon fat or coconut oil I highly recommend using bacon fat for awesome flavor!
  • 2 medium sized Italian eggplants peeled and cubed approximately 3-4 cups
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt + more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine you can sub with balsamic vinegar if you like
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat over medium heat. Add the eggplant and saute until tender, approximately 5-8 minutes.
  2. Remove the eggplant from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of bacon fat to the pot and saute the bell peppers and onions until tender, about another 5-8 minutes. Remove the peppers and onions from the pot and set aside as well.
  4. Crumble the ground pork and ground beef into the pot and brown. Add the teaspoon of salt and stir.
  5. Add the red wine and garlic and bring to a simmer. Stir the simmering meat and wine until the alcohol smell starts to subside.
  6. Add the eggplant, peppers, and onions back to the pan with the meat, pour in the tomato sauce, add the oregano, and some black pepper and bring to a simmer.
  7. Taste and season with more sea salt if desired.
  8. Serve in bowls and enjoy!
  9. Feel free to serve over sauteed or steamed veggies of your choice like zucchini, broccolini, julienned carrots, kale, etc.