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Quick and Easy Penne Bolognese

This flavorful, quick cooking penne bolognese is a classic recipe that’s fast enough for a weeknight meal, but it’s special enough for a Sunday dinner. The bolognese sauce can even be made in advance and frozen for when you’re in a pinch. Makes 6 servings.

penne topped with bolognese sauce and fresh parsley in a white bowl

I mentioned last week when I was really busy, that I had made a big batch of bolognese sauce.  Well this is the recipe I used for the penne bolognese that I made.  Since I doubled the sauce, we made it last all week and the sauce is just as tasty when you have it on a fresh sliced baguette instead of the pasta.

Plus, it’s super easy to make. You actually stir some pecorino cheese – or parmesan if you prefer – just before serving, which really adds to the flavor of the sauce. It makes it so tasty. I mean I could seriously eat this stuff by the spoonful – it’s that good.

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Penne Bolognese

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce package penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil

Instructions

  1. In a large pot of salted, boiling water, prepare pasta according to package directions for al denta.
  2. In a large skillet *affiliate link, heat olive oil to medium-high. Add the carrot, celery, onion and garlic and sauté for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are translucent and tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the ground beef, salt and pepper and sauté for about 10 minutes, breaking the meat up as it cooks.
  4. Add tomatoes and basil and stir to combine. Simmer the sauce for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 497
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes.

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    Antonetta
    March 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Made this today. So yummy and so easy!

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    Marc
    October 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I absolutely love this recipe! I’ve made it a number of times and cannot count how many times I’ve actually eaten this dish. Highly recommended for all!

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