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Bolognese Sauce

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This meat sauce is easy to make and the perfect addition to your favorite pasta!

Bolognese sauce is similar to a traditional meat sauce but it also has carrots, celery, and cream.

How I kept this Bolognese Sauce light:

Instead of using olive oil or butter to sauté the vegetables, I let the beef cook until it was slightly browned, then added them in.

Most Bolognese recipes also use ground pork, but I only used 96% lean ground beef since the pork is so high in points.

If you want to add the ground pork I would do 1/2 lb. of lean ground beef and 1/2 lb. of ground pork.

Instead of using whole milk or heavy cream, I used fat-free half and half.

I used Brami pasta which is a healthier alternative to regular pasta. It’s higher in protein and fiber, but lower in net carbs.

Brami also makes a delicious bean dip that is similar in texture to hummus, and pickled lupini beans that are great for a snack on the go.

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How to make Bolognese Sauce:

The first thing I did was finely chopped the carrot, celery, garlic, and onion.

Next, I added the ground beef to a large pot and broke it up into small pieces.

Once the ground beef was slightly browned, I added the vegetables.

When the ground beef was fully cooked, I drained any extra grease.

Pour in the crushed tomatoes and dry white wine.

Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

Bring to a light simmer, cover with a lid, and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.

If the sauce gets too thick, add some chicken broth. I just did a little at a time, using about 1/2 cup total.

At the end of the cooking time, stir in the fat-free half and half. Serve over your favorite pasta!

Bolognese Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Yield: 6 servings

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  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 medium celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. 96% lean ground beef
  • 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Add the ground beef to a large pot. Season with salt and black pepper, break up into small pieces, and cook until slightly browned. Add in the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic.

  2. Once the beef is fully cooked, drain any grease.

  3. Add in the crushed tomatoes, wine, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

  4. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook on low for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally and add chicken broth if the mixture gets too thick.

  5. Stir in the half and half at the end of the cooking time. Serve with your favorite pasta.

Here are some more WW friendly recipes:

One Pot Creamy Broccoli Pasta

Hidden Veggie Pasta

One Pot French Onion Pasta

Pizza Pasta Bake

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