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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