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    Quick Pasta Bolognese

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    Quick Pasta Bolognese

    Who doesn’t love pasta with a quick meat sauce? This crowd-pleasing healthy spaghetti Bolognese recipe is a boon for busy cooks—it’s ready and on the table in just 40 minutes.

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    Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes
    • 1   tablespoon
      extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1  
      medium onion, finely chopped
    • 2  
      medium carrots, finely chopped
    • 2   medium stalks
      celery, finely chopped
    • 3   cloves
      garlic, minced
    • 8   ounces
      whole-wheat rigatoni, or penne (about 3 cups)
    • 8   ounces
      lean (93% or leaner) ground beef
    • 1/3   cup
      dry red wine
    • 1   14-ounce can
      petite diced tomatoes
    • 2   tablespoons
      tomato paste
    • 1/8   teaspoon
      ground nutmeg
    • 1/4   teaspoon
    • 1/4   teaspoon
      freshly ground pepper
    1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain.
    3. Add beef to the vegetables and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high, add wine and cook until almost evaporated, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and nutmeg; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in salt and pepper. Serve the pasta with the sauce.


    Nutritional Information

    Makes: 4 servings, 1 cup pasta & about 1 cup sauce each
    • Calories414
    • Fat10 g
      • Saturated fat3 g
    • Cholesterol43 mg
    • Carbohydrates55 g
      • Dietary fiber7 g
    • Protein26 g
    • Sodium522 mg
    * Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


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