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Pasta Bolognese in a large pan topped with fresh basil leaves with a wooden spoon
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Pasta Bolognese

Pasta Bolognese is a classic Italian dish made with ground beef, tomatoes and onions. This is a staple delicious dinner recipe that is such a crowd pleaser
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 317kcal
Author Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 15-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 16 ounces Spaghetti or penne pasta for serving
  • Fresh basil for serving

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook al dente according to package instructions; drain. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water
  • Heat the olive oil in a large deep saute pan. Add the beef and season with salt and pepper. Brown the beef and break it into smaller pieces with the back of a wooden spoon until cooked through.
  • Add onions and garlic; and season with oregano, basil and crushed red pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes until they soften. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste and pasta water. Mix to combine, bring mixture to a boil and then simmer on low covered for 30 minutes.
  • Toss the pasta with the bolognese sauce and top with fresh basil, if desired.

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Notes

Make Ahead Tips: You can make the bolognese sauce up to 3 days in advance, and then cook the pasta when you're ready.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of ground beef, you can use ground turkey or ground chicken
  • You can change up the seasoning to add other Italian herbs of your choice.
  • Any kind of pasta will work with this recipe
Serving Size: One serving is about 2 oz of dried pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2.4mg