Cooking at Home - Pasta Bolognese

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Published Saturday, August 10, 2019

Makes:   4 Servings 

Cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This rich red sauce combines ground beef, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes with a touch of milk for added creaminess. This sauce is slow simmered and delicious served over any favorite pasta.   


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 carrot (scrubbed and diced into 1/4-inch pieces)
  • 1 celery stalk (chopped into 1/4-inch pieces)
  • 1 yellow onion (peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces)
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (80-85% lean)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cans 14.5-ounce low-sodium crushed or diced tomatoes (including liquid)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium tomato paste
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. To cook the Bolognese sauce: Put skillet on the stove over medium heat and when it is hot, add oil. Add carrot, celery, and onion and cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown. Raise the heat to high. Pinch off tablespoon-size pieces of the beef and add a few at a time, stirring well between additions. Cook, breaking the meat apart until it is no longer raw, starts to give off liquid, and no longer clumps together, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the water, tomatoes, and tomato paste, stirring well.  Cook about 10 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
  3. Slowly stir in the milk, a little bit at a time. Turn the heat down to low and cook 45 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. To cook the pasta: fill a large pot halfway with water. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and about 12 minutes cook until just tender. Drain the pasta and divide into 4 bowls. Top each bowl with about 3/4 cup Bolognese and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. 

Source: USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion 

Nutrition Information

Nutrients Amount

Calories 297 

Total Fat 6 g

Saturated Fat 2 g

Cholesterol 23 mg

Sodium 114 mg

Total Carbohydrate 47 g

Dietary Fiber 8 g

Total Sugars 3 g

Added Sugars included 0 g

Protein 16 g

Vitamin D 0 mcg

Calcium 121 mg

Iron 3 mg

Potassium 290 mg may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.