Rich and Delicious Bolognese Sauce Made with Kefir

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Rich and Delicious Bolognese Sauce Made with Lifeway Kefir

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I have never made a Bolognese Sauce before....ever.  It sounded intimidating to me but in an effort to be bolder I decided to give it a go.  Not only was I going to make a homemade bolognese sauce with {mostly} fresh ingredients but I wanted to beef it up with some probiotic cultures.  I was on two courses of antibiotics recently for total of 15 out of 17 days and I'm trying to bring back balance to my digestive health.  Lifeway Kefir is a great way to get everything headed in the right direction or to keep you in balance.  

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Fresh Bolognese Sauce Made with Kefir

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  • ½ cup of Lifeway Low Fat Kefir Plain and Unsweetened
  • ½ cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove peeled and chopped
  • 1 zucchini peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 carrot sliced thin
  • 1-8 ounce package Baby Bellas mini Portobello mushrooms sliced
  • 1-28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 6 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet heat olive oil.
  • Add the onion and garlic and saute until tender.
  • Add the zucchini, carrots and mushrooms and saute for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Raise heat to medium high and add the ground beef stirring until cooked through and no pink remains; approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, Kefir, salt, pepper and basil and cook over medium high heat until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve with pasta of your choice.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Author: Mary Beth

 We had this for dinner last night and it was a success!  I love when a recipe turns out and so does my family.   

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More reasons to love Lifeawy Kefir:  It's Gluten Free so everyone in my family can eat it, it's 99% Lactose Free and it contains No Artificial Sweeteners.  It's rich in calcium and it's made from milk that comes from cows that are NOT treated with pesticides, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.  The cows are grass fed and GMO Free.  This is so important to me and my family.  I used to just trust everything I bought foodwise but not any more.  I am now a label reader and the Lifeway Kefir is a product (and label) I trust.  My whole family is happy to drink it straight from the bottle.  It's versatile and recipe friendly and is a part of my new go-to #KefirCreations recipes.  You can sign up to receive Lifeway Kefir coupons here.  It's a great way to save money and take your recipes up a healthy notch!

 I was so happy to create this recipe as a member of #CollectiveBias.

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  1. sharon garofalow says:

    I make a yummy turkey bolognese but I never thought to add kefir!! What a great idea!!

  2. shannah @ Just Us Four says:

    This sounds delicious!

  3. Amy Anderson says:

    This looks delicious! I need some new dinner ideas so I'll have to give this a try.

  4. Yum! this looks so good, pinned for later!

  5. Paula@SweetPea says:

    It's been years since I made Bolognese Sauce. I'll try your version, it looks great!

  6. Oh my goodness ... I would have never considered using kefir in this way ... what a fabulous idea! Thanks!

  7. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor says:

    Oh man...looks DELICIOUS! Love adding the clever.

  8. Claire @ A Little Claireification says:

    Looks amazing, Mary Beth! We love Bolognese and the addition of Kefir is so clever - I love it!! Pinned!

  9. Erin @ DIY on the Cheap says:

    This looks so yummy! We'll have to try it sometime!

  10. Steph @ The Silly Pearl says:

    Mmm looks so good, Mary Beth! I love Bolognese sauce and using Kefir is such a healthy touch.

  11. I would never have thought to add kefir to bolognese sauce! What a great idea, and I love how many veggies this has in it as well, a really healthy sauce. I found this recipe on Tasty Tuesday and would love to invite you to join my link party The Yuck Stops Here. We'll be open til 8pm ET Sunday evening on my blog Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos. I hope to see you there! HUGS

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Cheryl! I'd love to link up at your party ~ I appreciate the invite. Hugs, mb

  12. I love sauces like this. Thanks for linking up. Your post is pinned to the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesday Link up board!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Dina!