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Skinny Spaghetti Bolognese

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Welcome to your new favorite weeknight staple – Skinny Spaghetti Bolognese! This lighter version of the classic Italian dish is just as rich and flavorful but comes with a friendly nutritional profile that’ll keep you satisfied without the guilt.

My version cuts down on calories without cutting out taste, making it a perfect meal for those who love to indulge in the finer flavors of life but still want to maintain a healthy diet.

What Is The Difference Between Bolognese Sauce And Spaghetti Sauce?

Bolognese sauce is a meat-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy, known for its thick, hearty consistency and slow-cooked flavor. It typically includes a soffritto of onion, celery, and carrot, ground meat, and tomatoes.

Spaghetti sauce, or marinara, on the other hand, is usually a simpler, tomato-based sauce that’s lighter, often vegetarian, and cooks more quickly. Our healthy Bolognese pays homage to the traditional recipe while keeping your well-being in mind.

What Is Bolognese Sauce Made Of?

The foundation of a robust bolognese sauce includes a rich blend of finely chopped vegetables (soffritto), lean ground meat (such as turkey or beef), and ripe tomatoes or tomato paste.

To infuse our sauce with depth and character while keeping it health-forward, we incorporate fresh herbs, a splash of red wine, and a secret ingredient – lentils – for added fiber and nutrients.

What is the best pasta for bolognese?

The best pasta for bolognese is one that can hold the sauce well. Traditional choices include broad, flat pastas like tagliatelle or fettuccine. However, for our healthful version, we opt for whole wheat spaghetti, which offers a delightful texture and a boost of whole grain benefits.

Nutritional Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 480mg

Total Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients List

  • 300g lean ground beef (or turkey for an even leaner option)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef or vegetable broth (low sodium)
  • 300g whole wheat spaghetti
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prep the Veggies: Begin by finely chopping the onion, mincing the garlic, grating the carrot, and finely chopping the celery.
  2. Brown the Meat: Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the lean ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  3. Sauté the Aromatics: Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pan with the beef and sauté until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add Vegetables: Stir in the grated carrot and chopped celery, cooking for another 5 minutes until they start to soften.
  5. Combine with Tomatoes: Pour in the chopped tomatoes and stir in the tomato paste. Season with oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.
  6. Simmer: Add the broth and let the sauce simmer for about 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. If the sauce becomes too thick, add a little more broth to reach your desired consistency.
  7. Cook the Pasta: While the sauce simmers, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the whole wheat spaghetti and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
  8. Combine and Serve: Once the pasta is cooked and drained, stir it into the Bolognese sauce, making sure each strand is beautifully coated. Serve hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Skinny Spaghetti Bolognese

Recipe by Dr. Hailee
5.0 from 2 votes
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

45

minutes

This lighter version of the classic Italian dish is just as rich and flavorful but comes with a friendly nutritional profile that’ll keep you satisfied without the guilt.

Ingredients

  • 300g lean ground beef (or turkey for an even leaner option)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 carrot, grated

  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 cup beef or vegetable broth (low sodium)

  • 300g whole wheat spaghetti

  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

  • Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions

  • Prep the Veggies: Begin by finely chopping the onion, mincing the garlic, grating the carrot, and finely chopping the celery.
  • Brown the Meat: Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the lean ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  • Sauté the Aromatics: Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pan with the beef and sauté until the onion is translucent.
  • Add Vegetables: Stir in the grated carrot and chopped celery, cooking for another 5 minutes until they start to soften.
  • Combine with Tomatoes: Pour in the chopped tomatoes and stir in the tomato paste. Season with oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.
  • Simmer: Add the broth and let the sauce simmer for about 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. If the sauce becomes too thick, add a little more broth to reach your desired consistency.
  • Cook the Pasta: While the sauce simmers, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the whole wheat spaghetti and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • Combine and Serve: Once the pasta is cooked and drained, stir it into the Bolognese sauce, making sure each strand is beautifully coated. Serve hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes

  • Nutritional values vary based on ingredients used.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 350kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 8g

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Wrap-Up

There you have it – a Lean & Luscious Spaghetti Bolognese that’s full of flavor and light on the waistline. This dish proves that you can enjoy the richness of Italian cuisine with a health-conscious twist. It’s perfect for a cozy family dinner or when you need to impress guests with your savvy, healthy cooking skills. Buon

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