It’s not as easy as Nonna’s but it is quick and simple!
It’s obvious that a great bolognese is the best meat sauce. However, it’s a sauce that many Nonnas can spend the majority of their day making. I am not going to say it isn’t worth the time and patience. The results can be amazing. However, I will tell you that you can make a great bolognese much faster. This One-Pot Pasta Bolognese is one example. This is our quick fix for bolognese. It takes just 30 minutes to make and tastes amazing, even though the pasta doesn’t need to be boiled separately.
5m prep time
25m cook time
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 ribs celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 lb lean ground beef
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 lb uncooked bucatini or fettuccine
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, plus more for serving
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
Stir in tomato paste and cook another minute, then add the beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning, pasta, and 3 cups of water. Stir everything to make sure that the pasta is covered in liquid.
Bring to a boil and stir frequently to keep pasta from sticking. Cook until pasta is al dente and sauce has thickened, 10-12 minutes.
Stir in Parmesan and parsley and season with salt and pepper as needed.
Serve with additional Parmesan and parsley, and enjoy!