Homemade Bolognese is one of the easiest recipes you can make where the more time you let it cook, the better it gets. This recipe has a long cook time with minimal work past the initial steps, you just need to leave it alone with occasional checks and it will become delicious. Due to this it also makes for fantastic leftovers.

Bolognese Sauce and High Protein Pasta

Total servings: 4 without sides, 4 with sides

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 2+ hours | Total Time: 2+ hours 15 minutes

Nutrition facts per meal (with sides): 1512 calories, 91g protein, 212g carbs, 41g fat

Required Equipment

Large deep pan/pot or dutch oven that can go in the oven

Large pot for pasta

Wooden spoon

Main Ingredients

  • lean ground pork (raw), (1 lbs, approx 450g), (544 calories, 94g protein, 0g carbs, 18g fat)
  • ground dark meat turkey (only if you cannot find lean pork, or don't want to substitute fatty pork), (raw), (1 lbs, approx 450g), (720 calories, 88g protein, 0g carbs, 40g fat)
  • ground turkey breast (raw), (1 lbs, approx 450g), (476 calories, 103g protein, 0g carbs, 6g fat)
  • 1 medium carrot (1 per 2 lbs of meat) (25 calories, 0g protein, 6g carbs, 0g fat)
  • 1 stalk celery (1 per 2 lbs of meat) (6 calories, 0g protein, 1g carbs, 0g fat)
  • yellow onion (1 per 2 lbs of meat, approx 200g), (80 calories, 2g protein, 16g carbs, 0g fat)
  • 2 large cans Cento San Marzano tomatoes (48 oz, approx 1588g), (350 calories, 14g protein, 70g carbs, 0g fat)
  • 6+ garlic cloves (depending on how much you like garlic), (30 calories, 1g protein, 6g carbs, 0g fat)
  • high protein pasta (1 box, approx 411g), (1330 calories, 70g protein, 266g carbs, 14g fat)
  • spices
    • garlic granules (2-3 teaspoons)
    • onion granules (2-3 teaspoons)
    • oregano (2 teaspoons)
    • salt (2 teaspoon)
    • pepper (1 teaspoon)
    • 1 bay leaf

Nutrition total: 3017 calories, 278g protein, 365g carbs, 60g fat

Nutrition per meal: 754 calories, 70g protein, 91g carbs, 15g fat

Variable Sides

Garlic bread (1 small loaf per meal):
  • 1 loaf bread, (7 oz, approx 198g each), (550 calories, 20g protein, 115g carbs, 2g fat)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (28g), (200 calories, 0g protein, 0g carbs, 24g fat)
  • 3+ garlic cloves (depending on how much you like garlic), (30 calories, 1g protein, 6g carbs, 0g fat)
  • garlic granules (1/2 teaspoon)
  • onion granules (1/4 teaspoon)
  • oregano (1/4 teaspoon)
  • salt (1/4 teaspoon)
  • pepper (1/4 teaspoon)

Nutrition total: 3030 calories, 84g protein, 460g carbs, 104g fat

Nutrition per meal: 758 calories, 21g protein, 121g carbs, 26g fat

Preparation Instructions

  • Heat your large pan/dutch oven and put all meat into it so it begins to cook.
  • While the meat is cooking dice the onion and celery, and grate the carrot and garlic.
  • Once the meat has lost some of the pink color add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic.
  • Add half of the spices minus the bay leaf and stir to combine, continue stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (120 Celsius), make sure the rack is at the lowest point.
  • Pour tomatoes from cans into a large container or bowl, remove any stem sections (where the stem would meet the tomato itself), basil leaves, or inedible chunks you may find, then using your hand crush the tomatoes to your desire consistency (I like relatively smooth with a few chunks).
  • Once the meat is cooked and the vegetables are fragrant and have become soft add the tomatoes.
  • Stir to combine, add the rest of the seasonings and the bay leaf, bring to a boil.
  • Once the sauce is boiling turn off the heat, and transfer the sauce uncovered to the oven.
  • Stir every 30 minutes (tasting and adding salt/pepper/spices as needed) until sauce has reduced and is quite thick, at least 2 hours.
  • Once sauce is nearly finished heat a pot of water until boiling, add 1/4 of the box of pasta and cook until done.
  • Drain pasta and add to a bowl along with 1/4 of the sauce. Serve with sides if desired.

side preparation:

  • For the garlic bread begin by placing 2 tablespoons butter into a container.
  • Grate garlic and add to the butter, at this point also add the spices.
  • Cut the bread in half, and then lengthwise to create 4 sections.
  • Spread the garlic butter onto the bread, then cook under a low broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until desired texture is achieved, serve along side main dish.

Tools Used

Dutch oven (Amazon Affiliate link)

Pots and pans (Amazon Affiliate link)

Wooden Spoons (Amazon Affiliate link)

As usual all weight/calories/protein for things like meat are taken in an uncooked state and will be noted as such since there's too many variables. All nutrition values are taken from a Google search such as yellow onion nutrition. This means that nutritional counts may be slightly inaccurate, these are all approximations.