Ever had pasta bolognese? Its one of my hubby's favorite Italian dishes to order out. At most restaurants I've been to, it's greasy and heavy (although quite delicious) and my stomach doesn't always like that. So I went on a quest to make a healthier version to enjoy in my home, even while eating clean. The key is to drain your ground beef and also let it sit on some paper towels to soak up the extra fat. The other secret??? An entire bottle of red wine!!! Yup, that's right...one full bottle. It cooks down and adds so much flavor. And of course you'll need an extra glass (or two) to drink while you enjoy your masterpiece. :)
So please give this recipe a try today! I think you will love it!!!
Healthier Pasta Bolognese
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1lb 90% lean ground beef
1 can tomato paste
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, blended
1 bottle red wine
Salt & pepper to taste
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Start off with browning your beef in a large pot (I use my dutch oven) over medium heat. Cook until no longer pink. Drain it on a large plate lined with several paper towels.
Next, add the can of tomato paste and allow that to cook a little. It should start to develop a darker color and deep colors mean rich flavors in the end. Yummy!
Now you can add the bottle of wine and deglaze the pan (scrape up all the yummy brown bit stuck on the bottom of the pan). Then add your diced tomatoes, herbs, salt, pepper, and beef back in to the pot.
Cook the pasta in very salty water according to the package (if it doesn't give you a time for aldente then cook it 1-2 minutes under the time listed). Please reserve 1-2 cups of the pasta water before you drain it...this helps to bring the dish all together.
So here we go - back to our beautiful sauce...turn the heat to low. We will finish the pasta off in the sauce.