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Quick Pasta Bolognese

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.


4 cups pasta & about 4 cups sauce

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes


  • 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 2medium stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3cloves garlic, minced
  • 8ounces whole-wheat rigatoni or penne (about 3 cups)
  • 8ounces lean (93% or leaner) ground beef
  • 1/3cup dry red wine
  • 114-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/8teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon 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.


To make ahead: Refrigerate the sauce (Steps 1 & 3) for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 cups pasta & about 4 cups sauce)

Calories 379.33kcal
Carbohydrate Total 53.5g
Total Sugars 7.21g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 7.87g
Total Fat 8.77g
Saturated Fat 2.37g
Mono Saturated Fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 1.26mg
Sodium 404.06mg
Protein 22.1g
Potassium 754.85mg
Calcium 95.38mg
Chromium 0.21mcg
Folate 38.03mcg
Iron 4.1mg
Magnesium 83.5mg
Omega-6 1g
Trans Fatty Acid 0g
Vitamin A 5726.52IU
Vitamin D 1.7IU
Vitamin B12 0.74mcg
Vitamin C 19.41mg
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 4.44mg
Phosphorus 301.86mg
Vitamin B3 12.55mg

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