Penne with Carrot and Peas Bolognese
+ baby spinach salad
Smarts: Don't knock frozen veggies - they can save prepping time and are usually very fresh and economical.
- Lean ground beef - 3/4 lb
- Garlic powder - 1 tsp
- Dried oregano - 1/2 tsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
- Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
- Onions - 1, diced
- Celery - 2 stalks, diced
- Gluten-free penne - 8 oz ((or sub similar shaped pasta))
- Cooking oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Dried basil - 1/3 tsp
- Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
- Crushed tomatoes (28 oz / 794 g can) - 1 can
- Red wine (opt) - 1/4 cup
- Frozen peas and carrots - 1 1/2 cups
- Parmesan cheese (opt) - for serving, grated
- Balsamic vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Dijon mustard - 2 tsp
- Maple syrup - 2 tsp
- Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
- Salt and pepper - to taste
- Baby spinach - 4 oz
- Ground beef - Season ground beef with garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
- Garlic / Onions / Celery - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, and cooking oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Cook pasta according to package instructions.
- Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil to pan and then garlic, onions, celery, and basil to heated oil and saute for ~5 minutes.
- Next add in ground beef and brown with veggies for ~5 minutes.
- Next add in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and wine if you’re using it. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Fold in frozen veggies and cook for another 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt, pepper, and sweetener if it’s too acidic.
- Fold pasta into bolognese.
- Toss baby spinach with vinaigrette. Divide up pasta and serve with parmesan cheese if using.
it was just ok. Flavors were good and very easy, but didn't wow any of us either. We had 2x the amount of bolognese that we needed for 3 of us, so we've got another meal for leftovers.0 Helpful
Very tasty and pretty simple. I would add a bit more spice next time, maybe a pinch of CRP.0 Helpful
I didn't have carrots so swapped for sweet potato and threw in some spinach rather than the side salad. Everyone from 1 years olds to 3 years olds and Daddy loved!0 Helpful
Loved this. Paleo version was really good. Tasty and filling.0 Helpful
Was a little sceptical, but this was actually pretty yummy. Liked the roasted sweet potatoes as a substitute for pasta.0 Helpful
We felt good about all the extra veggies compared to the normal meat sauce we make, and the gnocchi was a cool change of pace from spaghetti. We used too much celery though, might scale that back.0 Helpful