Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Penne With Classic Bolognese Meat Sauce

Looking for an easy dinner sure to make everyone in your family's taste buds happy? Here it is! This was the very first recipe I prepared from Rachel Ray's Cookbook YEARS ago... like 7 to be exact. It has always been a favorite in my household so I hope to pass the joy on to you. This is an easy pasta sauce to prepare, you can use Whole Wheat Pasta for a healthier bonus, and it is fantastic as left overs! Only takes about 45 mins to prepare, which to me is genius! I am always looking for fast easy meals that are healthy for the week nights.

Penne With Classic Bolognese Meat Sauce


1 lb ground beef (or a combination of ground beef, ground pork, and ground veal, from your butcher)
cracked black pepper , to taste
4 garlic cloves , minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 pinches allspice (the secret ingredient)
1/2 medium Spanish onion
1 cup fat free low-sodium beef broth
1/3 cup red wine
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 -3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 lb penne (or rigatoni)
grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


In a deep large skillet, brown the meat seasoned with pepper, over med-high heat.

Add in garlic, crushed red pepper, and allspice.

Grate the onion, using a hand-held grater, directly over the pan.
Cook another 3-5 minutes to soften the onion.

Add in broth and wine; give the pan a good shake(or stir); scrape up any good bits from the bottom of the pan.

Add in tomatoes and parsley; give the pan another good shake (or stir).

Decrease heat to low and simmer while you cook the pasta (cook pasta according to package directions until al dente; drain in colander).

Toss meat sauce with pasta; top with grated cheese.

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