Fresh Pasta with Quick Bolognese Sauce


Bolognese is not your average spaghetti sauce--it's known for its richness that's developed through a slow cooking process--but on a weeknight, it's not practical. This version speeds up the classic Italian recipe for a quick and easy Bolognese sauce with Italian sausage to build flavors fast. The cooking time is about 35 minutes for this mind-blowing pasta sauce. If you don't have Grana Padano cheese, Parmesan works just as well in a pinch.

fresh pasta with quick bolognese sauce
Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup grated carrot

  • ¼ cup grated onion

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced

  • ¼ cup dry red wine

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound fresh pasta, such as fettuccine

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup grated Grana Padano cheese


  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in another large pot over high heat. Add carrot and onion and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add beef and sausage and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon and reducing the heat if it starts to stick to the pan, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until it's mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, pepper and salt. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

  3. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring to prevent sticking, until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the water. Drain the pasta.

  4. Add the pasta, basil and parsley to the sauce. Add enough of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce to your liking. Serve topped with cheese and more parsley, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate sauce (Step 2) for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

476 Calories
24g Fat
42g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 476
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Vitamin A 1069IU 21%
Vitamin C 13mg 14%
Folate 23mcg 6%
Sodium 662mg 29%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 38mg 9%
Potassium 574mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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