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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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