Spicy Bolognese

Servings 6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds extra-lean beef chuck cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large onions peeled and diced
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 2 medium stalks celery diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 28-oz. can plum tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine or use beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1 pound Pappardelle (or wide long pasta) cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  • In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add beef cubes; sear for 5 minutes per side or until golden.
  • Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, salt and pepper; sauté for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  • Add tomatoes, wine, crushed red pepper flakes and basil. Raise skillet heat to medium; cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until beef is fork-tender and sauce has thickened.
  • Serve over pasta and garnish with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve a big salad on the side.
VEGETARIAN: Substitute beef with 3 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed.
GLUTEN FREE: Make sure canned tomatoes and wine (or broth) are gluten free. Use gluten free pasta.
NUTRITION: 154 Calories; 11g Fat (69.2% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 5mg Cholesterol; 158mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Fat.
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