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

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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 mins
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Ingredients
  • 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)
Directions
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
4.
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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