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Pantry Staples: Healthy Italian Sausage & Basil Bolognese Sauce
with Paleo, Keto, & Whole30 options!

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Pantry Staples: Healthy Italian Sausage & Basil Bolognese Sauce

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Adjust Servings:
1.5T avocado oil
1lb spicy italian sausage sub mild or sweet sausage
1 medium diced red onions
2 T minced garlic use jar or paste
1 can (do not drain) diced tomatoes
6 basil leaves minced sub basil seasoning
16 oz pasta sauce use any brand that you like
1t (optional) red pepper flakes
1T italian seasonings
1 8oz can unsweetened coconut milk sub half & half or heavy cream

    This zesty bolognese sauce comes together quickly. It's freezer-friendly and pantry staple recipe meal planning heaven!

    • 35
    • Serves 8
    • Easy




    From scratch, we present our Italian Sausage Bolognese Sauce!

    Right now, we can all use some rustic comfort food that warms our soul even if it’s hot as hell outside. I’d say “am I right?” but let’s get real here – I am right! Crank up the AC and let’s get to some pantry staple cookin’!

    This bolognese is so easy and versatile! You can literally throw in what you have on hand. There are no rules. Well, don’t throw in cat food or flip flops, deal?

    Bolognese Substitutions:

    Italian Sausage – sub Whole30 compliant Chicken & Apple Sausage chopped up into small bits or any ground protein

    Diced Tomatoes – sub 2 diced tomatoes or any can of tomatoes (crushed, puree, with green peppers, etc.)

    Garlic – sub fresh or paste

    Fresh Basil – sub minced, paste, or dried or put in 1 heaping TB of extra Italian seasoning

    Pasta Sauce – any sauce will do. For whole30, make sure there isn’t any added sugar or non-compliant chemicals and preservatives

    Avocado Oil – sub EVOO

    Coconut Milk – sub heavy cream, almond milk, or cashew milk (1 cup per substitute)

    Great Additions:

    Add diced celery

    Add diced carrots (very tiny cubes so they soften easily)

    Keto folks can add mozzarella and parmesan as toppings when serving (NOM!)


    Sub ground meat with vegetarian ground meat (then it’s not meat but I don’t know what else to call it!

    Leave out meat of choice all together for just a good frickin’ sauce!

    Want a gluten free, keto-friendly garlic bread to serve with this spiced up bolognese sauce? I thought you might! I add butter and garlic powder to this one by my friend over at A Clean Bake:

    Gluten Free Sandwich Bread

    Looking for other easy recipes to make? Try these other pantry staple and crowd-pleasing recipes:

    Fajita/Mexican Casserole

    Whole30 Creamy Rustic Rosemary Chicken One Pan Skillet

    Thai Curry Ground Turkey Purple Cauliflower Bowls

    Instant Pot: Cream of Chicken, Lemon & Rice Soup (Paleo too!)






    Place a deep skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot (usually one minute), add oil to the pan. Wait 1 minute for the oil to heat up. Add onions and pepper (add carrots and onions if using). Saute, moving the onions around as not to burn the onions. After 3 minutes, add the minced garlic. Stir. Saute for 2 minutes. Add Italian sausage or sausage of choice. Incorporate the onions and garlic into the meat. Add Italian seasonings and let it cook for 5 minutes until the sausage is just cooked through.


    Add the can of tomatoes. Add fresh or dry basil and Italian seasoning and red pepper to taste. Heat should be medium to medium-low to encourage simmering. Cover for 20 minutes. Stir every few minutes to prevent burning on the bottom.


    Reduce heat to low and add coconut milk. Stir. Add fresh basil leaves. Heat for 5 minutes. Turn off heat. Store in freezer-friendly containers or in the fridge for up to 1 week.
    If serving immediately, top pasta of choice with more fresh basil leaves and sprinkle with parmesan (not Whole30).


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