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One pot wonders: Easy recipe for Pasta Bolognese with nutritional values

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When you hear about the Italian dish Pasta Bolognese, you might automatically think that this dish is too difficult to make because it sounds fancy. Bolognese is simply a meat based tomato sauce originating in Bologna, Italy; therefore Pasta Bolognese is really just pasta with meat sauce. Are you ready to try your hand at a simple yet fancy sounding delicious Italian dish?

Wikipedia says:

Bolognese sauce, known in Italian as ragù alla bolognese, is a meat-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy. In Italian cuisine, it is customarily used to dress "tagliatelle al ragù" and to prepare "lasagne alla bolognese". In the absence of tagliatelle, it can also be used with other broad, flat pasta shapes, such as pappardelle orfettuccine, or with short tube shapes, such as rigatoni or penne. Genuine ragù alla bolognese is a slowly cooked sauce, and its preparation involves several techniques, including sweating, sautéing and braising. Ingredients include a characteristic soffritto of onion, celery and carrot, different types of minced or finely chopped meat (generally bovine, including beef, and possibly pork, such as pancetta), wine and a small amount of tomato concentrate.

This traditional Bologna, Italy dish is a one pot meal! That’s right; you make the sauce, add the pasta, and serve all from the same pot/Dutch oven. Does it get any easier?

Pasta Bolognese

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 2 carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup canned tomato paste
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 carton (32 oz) beef broth
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb uncooked spaghetti
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese/or an Italian blend

Preparations:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Cook onions, carrots and salt in oil for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add beef; cook about 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until browned.
  3. Stir in tomato paste and tomatoes. Stir in broth, pepper flakes and Italian seasoning; heat to simmering.
  4. Break pasta in half, then thoroughly rinse under cold water.
  5. Push pasta into simmering liquid, covering completely. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue to simmer for about 15 minutes or until pasta is soft and sauce is reduced slightly.
  6. Top with Parmesan cheese or an Italian blend of cheese

(This recipe was kindly provided by the Moxie family, who found the recipe on bettycrocker.com)

Nutritional Values:

Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories630 ( Calories from Fat160), Total Fat18g (Saturated Fat6g, Trans Fat1/2g ), Cholesterol55mg Sodium1520mg Total Carbohydrate86g (Dietary Fiber7g Sugars7g ), Protein32g ; % Daily Value*: Vitamin A90%; Vitamin C25%; Calcium20%; Iron30%; Exchanges:2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:6 *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Editor’s Notes:

  • Do not limit yourself to a plain spaghetti noodle; try different shapes of pastas to add a little pizazz to your Pasta Bolognese
  • This is a great dish to use if you have some left over ground beef or turkey and cut up vegetables
  • Play with your meat choices; you could use cut up chicken, pork chops, and even some left over kielbasa (or all of the above.
  • Play with your spices as well to liven the sauce up to your families preference. Garlic is always a good choice, as is oregano, basil, and thyme.

As you can see, this Pasta Bolognese will be as good as your favorite Italian restaurant and not difficult considering it is a one pot wonder! This recipe is filled with all sorts of culinary magic that will delight the taste buds of everyone at your dinner table. So give it a try and tell us what you think.

Enjoy!

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