Ragu is a classic Italian sauce made of ground meat, onion, tomato puree and red wine, served atop pasta.
But good news!
Nick is here to show you the Paleo way, and his Sausage and Eggplant Ragu is doing just that.
This is a one-pan wonder, as long as you have giant skillets. Nick gets the chicken sausage going while he shows you to slice and dice an eggplant (first time on the site!). The eggplant dice is added to the sausage until everything is cooked through and caramelized and delicious.
Then he tosses in seasoned ground turkey and a ton of veggies to cook. Everything comes together in the end with some crushed tomato and tomato puree, plus a hit of fresh oregano, and boom. Done.
You can enjoy this hearty ragu over spaghetti squash if you like, but it also reheats beautifully and makes for a great grab-and-go option all by itself. So eat, enjoy and do what you can to…
“Keep it Paleo!”
Sausage and Eggplant Ragu
“Keep It Paleo!”
The 5 sausages give us about 14oz total after cooking, which breaks down into 14 protein blocks as 1oz equals one block. Additionally, we have another 14 blocks from the turkey. The turkey starts as 16 before it is cooked, but then after cooking weighs about 14oz giving us a total of 28oz.
1.5 cups of eggplant give us one block, so from an average eggplant, we probably get around that, if not a little more, so we will count it as 1 block.We have 2 zucchini that when diced up give us about 2 cups each. 2 cups equal one block, so that is 2 more blocks. We have one onion that wen cut up gives us about 1 cup and with ½ cup equaling one block, that’s 2 blocks from the onion. Next we are using 12 large mushrooms. Again 2 cups equals one block, so if we say about 4 mushrooms equal two cups, that’s 3 blocks from the mushrooms. We are using 14 cloves of garlic. For easy math we will say that it is 1.5 block as approximately 10 cloves are equal to one. Finally we have our tomato product. The tomato pure, ½ cup equals one block. If ½ cup equals 4oz, then in 15oz we can say we are getting 4 blocks. Additionally we have our crushed tomatoes, which run at 1 cup per block. If there are 8oz in one cup that gives us 3.5 blocks from them and a grand total carb total of 16 blocks.