Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce - RECIPE - Gluten-Free

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce – RECIPE – (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Mmm ever have a dinner that was just so damn delicious it amazes you that you even created it yourself? That was the case with this slow-cooker beef bolognese recipe that I am about to share with you. Once all of the initial prep work is done you are pretty much good to go! This meal was so hearty and delicious and a perfect meal for a cool autumn day. My husband ending up having two heaping platefuls and my family of 3 polished off the entire two-pound beef roast.

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce - RECIPE - Gluten-Free

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce – RECIPE – Gluten-Free

This is a wonderful meal that you can prep in the morning and have waiting for you when you get home from work. I love how you can just toss food into a slow-cooker and the slow-cooker does all the work for you. This is a no-fuss simple and easy recipe to create.

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese

What Is Beef Bolognese Sauce?

A typical beef bolognese sauce consists of beef, carrot, celery, and onion with plenty of tomatoes. My Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese recipe contains pretty much all of those ingredients. I did swap out the onion for shallots though because I feel that shallots lend the dish a more exceptional flavor. This sauce simmers low and slow for 6 hours and results in the most flavorful, fork-tender beef.

Also, instead of using ground beef to make the Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce I used a two-pound chuck roast. The chuck roast lends this dish a heartier texture and gives the sauce a nice, rich flavor.

How To Create The Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce

This recipe starts off with browning the beef roast meat in some ghee. At this time, the shallots, celery, and garlic are also added to the pan to soften them up before adding them to the slow-cooker. You are going to need some good quality tomatoes to create this dish. In my recipe, I used the Muir Glen Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes. Muir Glen is a brand that I trust and if you have been following along here for a while that is my go-to brand for all of my tomato need.


Gluten-Free Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce

Gluten-Free Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Seasonings

Every good pasta sauce needs those essential seasonings to take it to the next level and delight the palate. One of the obvious seasonings in an Italian pasta sauce is garlic powder. Garlic powder gives your meat a nice, robust flavor in addition to the minced garlic you will be adding. As I say, you can never have too much garlic! I am a huge fan of garlic in my recipes and always prioritize squeezing some in.

I also added some oregano and some basil to this sauce. You can also just use a shaker bottle of Italian seasonings in place of those. Those are the herbs that are going to give this beef bolognese sauce its Italian flavor. I also decided to add in a pinch of nutmeg to this pasta sauce. You can also do a tiny pinch of cinnamon as well (it is not listed in the recipe but it still goes well with the beef).

Choosing A Gluten-Free Pasta For the Beef Bolognese Pasta Sauce

There is a whole universe of gluten-free pasta available now for us folks eating a gluten-free diet. I am a big fan of Banza and their line of chickpea pasta. I found that if you undercook by a minute and give them a little rinse in a colander after draining, you will have a great gluten-free al dente noodle.

Banza has a variety pack of their pasta available on Amazon and it ships free with Amazon Prime.

I have found that Ronzoni also has great gluten-free pasta and it is also a very economical option. I find that this pasta often comes out al dente and has a great firm texture. I hate soggy gluten-free pasta. I never end up with soggy, sad pasta when I use Ronzoni.

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Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza – Gluten-Free – RECIPE

Halloween has come and go and now you probably have a gigantic bowl of Halloween candy. Am I right? Are you wondering what you can do with it? I had the most excellent idea to create a leftover Halloween candy pizza with some white chocolate “cheese” drizzled on top. I used Pamela’s Products gluten-free brownie mix to create this sensational, sinful dessert. Creating your very own leftover Halloween candy brownie pizza is simple to do and it will satisfy all of the chocolate candy lovers in your family.

Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Cheat Day waiting to happen!

If you are a regular follower of my blog then you will know my philosophy of eating:

Eat healthy so you can have dessert!

I eat primarily healthy most of the time. We try to eat as paleo as possible and feel that this diet benefits me the most. I also feel as though I do not want to deprive myself of the fun things in life so I do occasionally devour some sweets that are not on the spectrum of a Halloween diet. Halloween might bring out the worst in me. My daughter, Chloe, received quite a bit of loot this year and it sits in a big black cauldron. The temptation is always there to eat, eat, eat candy. It’s hard to resist and I give in and indulge often. No regrets here though. I know I will get back on track soon after the holidays are over.

Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix

For my Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza, I went with Pamela’s Products Gluten-Free Brownie Mix. There were a few different brownie recipes on the back of the package and I went with the butter recipe and I used my 4th & Heart ghee in place of regular butter. The ghee gives it an incredible richness and makes for one excellent tasting brownie. This mix from Pamela’s Products results in a perfect batch of decadent, fudgy brownies that does not disappoint.

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza before going in the oven

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza before going in the oven


Using up all of that delicious Halloween Candy

If you are following a gluten-free diet, be sure to check those labels. Items like Kit Kats are not gluten-free and you will want to avoid using candies like that as a topping. M&M’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Snickers bars go great as brownie pizza toppings. I especially love topping this pizza with M&M’s because of the color that they give off.


Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza with Halo Top Candy Bar ice-cream

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza with Halo Top Candy Bar ice-cream

Final thoughts

This was simple and easy to do. My daughter also enjoyed helping out with the toppings! You can have your whole family join in with the topping of the Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza. This brought pure joy to us when we chowed down on it. We were all ooo’ing’ and ahhh’ing. It is best served warm and topped with some ice-cream. We used Halo Top’s Candy Bar ice-cream.

 

Question time!

Does this recipe inspire you to make a Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza? Do you have any other creative ideas for using up leftover candies?

 

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Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza - Gluten-Free - RECIPE
Need to use up that leftover Halloween candy? Why not try out this decadent recipe for a Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza? This is something that I know your family will enjoy and it is also fun to create. Have your children assist with placing the toppings on it. Then finish it off with a drizzle of white chocolate "cheese"! It is totally optional but I highly suggest topping it with some ice-cream and serving the brownie pizza warm.
Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 13 Minutes
Servings
Slices
Ingredients
Brownie
White chocolate "cheese"
Ice-Cream (optional)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 13 Minutes
Servings
Slices
Ingredients
Brownie
White chocolate "cheese"
Ice-Cream (optional)
Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use a large bowl and place brownie mix inside. Slowly incorporate the other ingredients (coconut oil, ghee, egg, and water) and mix together until well incorporated. The batter will be thick.
  3. Spray a pizza pan with coconut oil spray and smooth the brownie mixture onto the pan.
  4. Place Halloween candies on top of the brownie mixture.
  5. Place the Halloween candy brownie pizza in the oven for 12-13 minutes.
  6. Using a small saucepan you will create the white chocolate "cheese". Place 1/2 cup white chocolate chips in pan with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Have burner on low-medium and stir until the chips are melted down.
  7. Drizzle the white chocolate onto the pizza.
  8. Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice your Halloween candy brownie pizza into 8 even slices.
  9. (Optional) Top with ice-cream
  10. Serve and enjoy your brownie pizza!