Weeknight Bolognese

I’m not sure what the first thing I learned how to cook was, but this Weeknight Bolognese recipe is probably top three. I’m not sure it gets much more “hug-in-a-bowl” than this. The version below has a few healthier swapouts that lower the carbs and fat and boost the protein, without sacrificing any of the comfort (in 30 minutes too). This bolognese recipe is a pared down rendition of my Ultimate Tomato Sauce. For the wine, if you don’t want to open an entire bottle, some brands sell individual serving bottles of wine, which are perfect to keep around for cooking. Enough talk, lets cook some Weeknight Bolognese!

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Weeknight Bolognese

Weeknight Bolognese
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Jim


  • 1 Pound pasta*
  • 1 Pound ground meat (Turkey Sausage great here**)
  • 28 Ounces crushed tomato
  • 4 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Cup White wine (Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper flake
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning (Mine is equal parts basil/oregano/parsley)
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add in ground meat, season with salt and pepper, and brown, ~8-10 minutes.
  • As meat browns, 
bring a large pot of salted water to boil. As it heats, dice onion and mince garlic.
When meat has browned, remove from dutch oven. Add in onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes, then add in garlic to dutch oven. Stir for 1 minute, then add in wine, tomatoes, herbs, pepper, and meat. Bring to simmer.
As sauce simmers, drop pasta into boiling water; cook for 8-10 minutes or per package, drain pasta once al dente, put back in pot with 2 tablespoons oil to prevent sticking.
  • Check seasoning on sauce*** and serve over the pasta, garnished with parmesan cheese.


*Unpopular opinion alert: For a dish like this, a short pasta like penne or shells even is ideal. Spaghetti has its place; just not with Bolognese.
**You can find prepackaged ground turkey just about anywhere, and it’s pretty good, but some brands are a bit fatty and have additives. I like to hit up the butcher counter, where they typically have either ground turkey, or turkey breast that they will grind for you. I prefer this, because then I know exactly what I’m getting.
*** If sauce is too sweet (unlikely, with the wine), add in a tablespoon of red wine vinegar until sauce is to your liking. If sauce is acidic, add in 1/8 teaspoon baking soda until sauce is to your liking. If sauce doesn’t take like anything (very unlikely), add in 1 teaspoon of salt. If sauce is black and bitter, order pizza.


Serving: 6People | Calories: 488kcal

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