Bolognese Meat Sauce with Pasta

Traditionally, Bolognese (boh-luh-NEEZ) sauce is full of meat. In this more healthful version, a portion of the meat is replaced with lentils, cutting fat and calories.

Bolognese Meat Sauce with Pasta
15 mins
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  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pancetta or bacon (optional)
  • 12 ounces extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 14 1/2 ounces cans low-sodium tomatoes, undrained and cut up
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup dry lentils
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 6 ounce can tomato paste (1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon instant beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or beef broth
  • 12 ounces packaged dried pasta, such as penne, spaghetti, or cavatelli
  • 1/3 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Celery leaves (optional)
In a large saucepan or kettle cook pancetta or bacon (if using) just until crisp. Add ground beef; cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain well.
If desired, pass undrained tomatoes through a food mill or sieve. Or, process in blender or food processor until nearly smooth. For sauce, add the tomatoes, onion, lentils, carrot, celery, parsley, tomato paste, and bouillon granules to meat. Stir in the water and wine or broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 40 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover and simmer about 5 minutes more or until of desired consistency.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
Stir evaporated milk into meat mixture; heat through. Serve sauce over pasta. If desired, top with Parmesan cheese and garnish with celery leaves. Makes 6 servings.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 447, Fat, total (g) 8, chol. (mg) 41, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 64, fiber (g) 8, pro. (g) 27, sodium (mg) 314, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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