Dec 3, 2009

Pasta with Bolognese Sauce




Bolognese sauce is a ground beef ragú made with pancetta, onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, wine, and cream.

Everyone raves about my Bolognese sauce. I never really thought of it as a light dish and I usually make it when I have a large crowd over for dinner.

I decided to tweak my recipe to make this lighter version by using lean chopped beef, reducing the butter and using half and half instead of heavy cream. Results were just as amazing as always and quite frankly, you would never know the difference. The trick to a good Bolognese sauce is the longer it cooks, the better it tastes so this is a perfect Sunday meal. Let this simmer on low at least an hour and a half or up to 3 hours if you have the time.

Serve it over pasta or even spaghetti squash, enjoy!!


Bolognese Sauce
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes

Servings: 16 • Serving Size: 1/2 cup Calories: 106 Old Points: 2.25 pts Points+: 3 pts

Ingredients:
  • 4 oz pancetta, chopped (or center cut bacon)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, minced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, minced
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 - 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes (I love Tuttorosso)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup half & half

Directions:
    In a deep heavy saute pan, sauté pancetta until fat melts. Add butter, onions, celery and carrots and cook on medium-low heat until soft, about 5 minutes.

    Increase flame to medium-high, add meat, season with salt and pepper and sauté until browned. Add wine, cook until it reduces down, about 3-4 minutes.  

    Add tomatoes and bay leaf. Simmer covered on low, at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add half & half and parsley, cook 2 minutes longer. Makes about 8 cups.

    149 comments :

    1. Didn't know pancetta or cream were in a bolognese sauce. That's what adds such great flavor!

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    2. Yes! Gives it a unique flavor, slightly different than just a meat sauce. It's a great sauce. Freeze any leftovers.

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    3. Love your recipes. How about a cookbook? KathiB

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    4. This looks fantastic - I'm excited to try it!

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    5. Yum! Have you thought about using ground turkey Italian sausage instead of the ground beef?

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    6. Can't wait to try!! I just love your blog~thank's for all your hard work putting it together; I always look forward to your recipes!!

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    7. Gina, or anyone who can help-- I'm new to your site, and new to WW pts. These recipes look INCREDIBLE, but how does your listing work? meaing, for exacmple, for this recipe, this makes 16 servings, but for the 106 calories and 2.25 ww pts, this only applies to 1/2 cup? Is this implying that each serving is 1/2 cup? Sorry for being such a newbie..

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    8. @Scott - When I thought about making this lighter, I thought about using turkey, but I really didn't want to change the flavor or texture of my sauce in any way. Using the lean ground beef was perfect.

      @Amy - You're welcome!

      @Lillian - Yes, each serving is a half cup. Which is plenty over 1 cup of cooked pasta as you can see pictures above.

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    9. so does the 2.25 points count for the pasta AND the sauce, or just one? what is the total count if I made both and had one serving?

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    10. @Lillian - I think i wrote it in the recipe, 1/2 cup sauce with 1 cup high fiber, low carb or whole wheat cooked pasta is 5.25 points. If you use regular pasta, add 1 point.

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    11. Can this be freezed??

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    12. My wife and I started WW on the 1st and stumbled upon your site. We made this tonight and I have to say I was amazed! It is restaurant quality Bolognese sauce...but with about 1/10 the calories! I have a feeling we will be frequenting your site often!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    13. Yes, you can freeze this!

      So happy you and your wife liked this, this is my husbands favorite sauce!

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    14. Oh my goodness!!! This is the BEST sauce ever!!! Reminds me of my honeymoon in Italy!! Thanks for the "better for me" version Gina!! I LOVE this website!

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    15. You're welcome Tanya!

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    16. I made the Bolognese sauce and the flavor was excellent. My fiancé loved it. But I thought the Pancetta was tough. Can you please tell me what I did wrong? Do you know what the point value would be if I used the Pancetta and left out the ground beef.

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    17. Pancetta was tough? hmm, did you cut it in small (1/4") pieces and saute it on low? You don't want it to get crispy, it's just until the fat melts. If you eliminate the ground beef, it will no longer be a bolognese sauce.

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    18. Wow this is unbelievable!!!! Brought this to work for myself and my co-worker (who is an avid bolognese cook) and she was so impressed!!!! My kitchen smelled so good I had to check to see if I was in the right house!!!!!

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    19. You're funny Raquel! I agree, this Bolognese is out of this world!! This is one of those meals you can make for a dinner party, simply double or triple the recipe and make a big green salad on the side.

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    20. Jennifer C.4/8/10, 8:26 PM

      I made this tonight, and it was so good! I only had red wine so I used that, and omitted the celery. I also added crushed red pepper, because my husband likes a little heat. It's just the two of us, so I'm freezeing the leftovers and will get 4 dinners out of making one pot! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    21. This makes great leftovers!! Glad you enjoyed it!!!

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    22. Question Gina, for the 1/2cup 1/2/&1/2 will the fat free version work as well? Thank you.

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    23. I've used fat free half & half in some recipes and didn't like the results so I'm not sure. If you try it let me know how it comes out.

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    24. Hi Gina,and Gina followers. I did make this recipe,according to the directions-exactly.(I think that's the fairest way to do/try a recipe the first time.) And it was delicous,delicous..super yummy. I look forward to having any left overs. I guess I did make a slight devation, I did add some FRESH sliced basil at the end. I love it when Gina's supporters actually try,and then report what they think about a recipe. Tellin me it's 'yum' doesn't work for me, as the ingrendents cost more than I can afford to waste.
      Therefore,this is why I've come forth to give a actual testimonial. This is a GREAT recipe!! Thanks Gina. rj

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    25. Thanks RJ!! Comments are always helpful to all!!

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    26. This is sooooooooooooo good! I made it Sunday afternoon and let it simmer for several hours. I served it today (Tuesday) with Barilla Plus pasta. Both my husband and I were glad I didn't warm up the whole dish or we'd surely have eaten a lot more than one serving. It's certainly going to be added to the "make again" list.

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    27. Thanks for this recipe, Gina. I made it last night and it is absolutely delicious - I can't wait for leftovers tonight!

      I put it into my WW Online Recipe Builder, and the sauce alone, as made above, came to 5 points per serving with 8 servings. I'm confused about how there could be such a difference between that and your calculation! Any ideas?

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    28. @Sarah- That makes sense... it's 16 1/2 cup servings. If you make it 8 1 cup servings its 4.5 and since ww rounds it off they made it 5.

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    29. this website is awesome---keep up the good work---think about a cookbook---softback--and in volumes---main courses--desserts--snacks,appetizers and drinks----the possiblitlies r endless---and this would make compiling easier, and more affordable for your customers---Just a thot----great great job done here!!!

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    30. Thank you! Cookbook is on my mind! I like your idea of softback and in volumes!

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    31. Did you use 1lb of pasta?

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    32. Yes, perfect with 1 lb of pasta.

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    33. wonderful sauce!!! i was skeptical at first making it with a ragu & cream, but it was great! pancetta is definitely worth buying as well-adds a great flavor!

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    34. I've made this several times and everyone loves it..a true winner..thanks Gina for all you effort and delicious recipes!

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    35. This is always a winner in my house!

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    36. Awesome sauce Gina. I bought the pancetta at Trader Joes, 4 oz container, already chopped. So easy to make, yet so delicious. Michele

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    37. Made this tonight for tomorrow's dinner. The pot is cooling in an ice bath in the sink. Tasted it and it is FABULOUS! I swear Gina your site has the best recipes! I don't feel like I'm eating "diet" food at all. Really is making the WW more tolerable. Thank you SO much! Karen

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    38. The entire fam loved this one, and I froze the sauce. Every Sunday is pasta night in our house...Spinach Lasagna Rolls this Sunday. Thanks for taking the time to create this wonderful site.

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    39. This is always a winner in my house!!! Happy you all agree! I buy my pancetta at Trader Joes too. Easy!

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    40. Made this last night! Used zucchini and yellow squash instead of carrots and celery. SOOOO GOOD :)

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    41. I made this last night for dinner too! Great idea adding zucchini to it.

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    42. Faboulous! I loved it and will def make again. I forgot half/half at the store and made my own! Just awesome, cannot wait to try your other recipes!

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    43. Fantastic! I lived in Italy while I was growing up and this was my favorite dish. I usually make Mario Batali's version (WW points off the charts!) and have to say...yours beats it, reminds me of the sauce I had when I was little. Thank you soooo much for all of the great recipes on this site. I always jump back onto WW when I've gained a few pounds, that's how I lost a whole bunch a few years ago, and your site is the first place I come for menu ideas...I've actually made many of your recipes on nights that I'm allowed to indulge (they taste indulgent!).
      Thanks again. You HAVE to do a cookbook!
      P.S. Petite turkey meatloaves are my go to, portion control, lunch and dinner recipe & are to die for! I make them into meatloaf sandwiches sometimes.... a bit of cranberry sauce, light mayo, and cruncy lettuce, heavenly.

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    44. Better than Batali, thanks! I never tried his version, when I order this at restaurants, mine is always better :)

      Hopefully a cookbook will happen one of these days!! Would love to have my very own, I'm a cookbook addict!

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    45. I made this for dinner tonight - so delicious!! I literally ended up licking my bowl after. I'm freezing a bunch of it for nights when I don't have a lot of time. Thanks again Gina, this is such a great recipe!

      Hopefully it's still low in points once the plan changes!

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    46. Me to Emily, I have a feeling carbs and sugars will suffer, not protein, so this will probably still be ok, but we shall see.

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    47. Gina, do you use fat free half and half? I always buy this for my coffee and will end up using it on the sauce. Would it change the points value if I use fat free half and half?
      Thanks!

      Laura

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    48. No, I use really half and half because fat free bothers my stomach, not sure what's in it that does, but You could try it. I've cooked with fat free half and half in the past, but didn't like the results.

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    49. This recipe is now 3 points for 1/2 cup.

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    50. Jen Lepley-Callan12/18/10, 12:56 PM

      Making this now...my house smells awesome. I was on WW and lost 45lbs and now my boyfriend is watching his waistline. Thanks for making this lighter. I used "chili" cut beef, its a thicker cut, and I drained the fat...it the same kind of cut they used in Sicily when I lived there and my daughter's Nonna continues to use...I did add a pinch of nutmeg...simply because that's how I watched it done for so many years. I abosolutely love your site!!! Making the tortillini con brodo tomorrow...I used to love that on cold Sicilian nights :)

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    51. I'll have to try it with nutmeg next time I make it. Thanks for sharing your additions!

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    52. As always your recipes are awesome... Do you think it will make a difference if I omit the wine? If not, is there something else I can use? Thanks!

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    53. Hello,

      Great recipe ( nice and light )
      I omitted the pancetta and the Half and Half and it was still fantastic.

      Just curious, what other recipes could I use the leftover sauce for???? Need new ideas.

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    54. I love it over pasta, but you could have it over spaghetti squash for a lighter dish.

      Christina, you could omit the wine, it would only slightly change the flavor.

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    55. Bolognese sauce has always been my favorite, but I steer clear because of all the heavy cream. This was SO GOOD! I used ground turkey instead of beef. I only had one can of tomatoes so I added a can of Hunts traditional spaghetti sauce instead and I omitted the parsley (since the sauce was already spiced). We served it over a pasta mishmash. My husband had 2 HUGE servings! :-)

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    56. cant wait to try this after seeing your tweet today... we're lucky to have you :)

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    57. Whats the best way to freeze these types of sauces? this might sound like a stupid question, but i have never frozen sauces or much of anything else before. Thanks!

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      1. Thanks for asking this question!! I've always wondered this too. It's a good make ahead dish

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    58. I put it in a plastic container and freeze it, then thaw it in the fridge the day before. I freezer bag would work as well.

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    59. The best B. sauce!! My husband and I loved it...YUMMY. Thank- you

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    60. Hi Gina,

      Can the carrots be omitted as my family cringes at them in spaghetti sauce?

      P.S. your recipes are fantastic!

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    61. Why not puree them, they will never know they are in the sauce!

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    62. I made your sauce and pureed the carrots as you suggested and it was wonderful! I will definitely make it again.

      Thank you for your wonderful recipes!

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    63. I made this for dinner tonight however I did not include the wine since I did not have any on hand. I also did not include the celery or carrots. One thing I was rather confused on was when to add the 1/2 and 1/2. I added it to the meat sauce right after I added the crushed tomatoes and bay leaf. We loved the dish it came out just right in my opinion. This is something I will make again. Thanks for sharing.

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    64. What can i substitute half and half with?

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    65. Once everything is sauteed and combined, can you put it in the crock pot to simmer? (Before you add the parsley and half & half)

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    66. There's no great substitute for half and half, you can leave it out altogether.

      Absolutely you can let this simmer in the crockpot!!

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    67. This recipe is delicious. I often double it to freeze, or when I have guests over. It has become a healthy staple in my household!

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    68. Hi - can you use thick bacon instead of pancetta? My grocery store doesn't sell it and I can't seem to find an italian deli around me either. Thanks!!

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    69. This bolognese sounds good. I have a great recipe for easy bolognese but the cream or half&half is added as soon as you brown the meat which makes it incredibly tender. It's interesting that your version adds the half & half at the end. I've never heard of doing it that way.

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    70. I made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! I couldn't find pancetta, so I substituted prosciutto.

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    71. SO YUMMY!! SO AMAZING! My four year old, who wants nothing but pizza, kd and hotdogs ate EVERY SINGLE BITE! Thanks so very much! I raved about it on my blog as well! I think everyone should make this recipe. :)

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    72. This is SO good! You would have no idea its good for you :) My husband loved it! I couldnt find as lean of meat but mine was pretty lean will for sure make again! I made this with the chedder bisquits which were so good too!

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    73. Gina - I'm very new to your site and I'm in love. I actually feel like I can cook again where food is healthy yet still tasty and everyone loves it. I've already made a bunch of your recipes in the past week and it's been so fun!! I love that my first question to you is a silly one but on the white wine - is that real white wine or a cooking wine? Thank you!!

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    74. I too have the same question as Julie is that real white wine or cooking white wine? Kind of a silly/simple question. Thank you!

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    75. I always use real wine and since I always have Pinot Grigio in my house, that is what I use. If you're not a wine drinker, buy a small bottle just for cooking.

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    76. I have 21 month old boy/girl twins. My dear daughter is rather finicky. I now have this frozen and pour it over whole wheat rotini and she practically licks the bowl! It's one of her favorites!

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    77. Just cooked up a pot of the sauce. My kitchen smells so good. I added some fresh basil at the end since I just bought a bunch. I can't wait to eat it for dinner tonight with my shiritaki noodles. Thanks for all the recipes!

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    78. I made this for dinner tonight and it is amazingly good!! I have already bookmarked several of your recipes. Tomorrow night is the tilapia with coconut curry sauce and Thursday is chicken enchiladas! I cannot wait to try them.

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    79. Oh yes, this is a favorite of mine, I've been thinking to make it tonight actually!

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    80. This is my favorite bolognese sauce recipe ever. So decadent tasting but low in points. Thanks Gina! Made a double batch and froze half and now I can have it again next week! Also, Walmart sells a fat free half and half that is just milk and cream. No additives like the other brands. It is all I use. It is their Smart Value brand. Compare it side by side to Land O Lakes and you will see what I mean ingredient wise. Only 1 Point per 1/3 cup!

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    81. Hi :)

      I really want to try this recipe, but living in Australia I have no idea what half & half is. What is it exactly ? Can I make my own ? Any substitute ?

      TIA :)

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    82. Hi Gina,
      I accidently bought Procuitto instead of Pancetta - do you think it would work ok or should I just wait to have the right ingredients? Love your site - I am cooking exclusively from it - so yummy! I didn't see any other comments about anyone else making my silly mistake and I was really looking forward to trying this tonight for my kids 1st day back at school.

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    83. Ummmmm...this is frickin delicious! I just ate it for lunch and I am super excited that I have so many portions to freeze and enjoy later #swoon

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    84. Made this and loved it! Used 90/10 ground sirloin, fresh basil instead of parsley (it's all I had), and fat free 1/2 and 1/2. It simmered on the stove all day and tasted so amazing! Very hard to eat only one serving over my one cup of Ronzoni Penne Pasta. Thank you so much for this recipe and this site - it's been a life saver for me on WW!!! - angie

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    85. Hi Gina,

      Recipe looks great! What is the amount of fat grams per serving?

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    86. Could you make this in the crock pot instead of on the stove?? If so, how would you recommend doing it?

      Thanks!

      Terry

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    87. Thank you for this recipe. I made this last week for me and my husband. We both thought it was delicious! We had leftover sauce that I saved and put in the freezer. We thawed it out 5 days later and ate it with spaghetti again!

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    88. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I used fat free half and half and it tasted great to me. We will be having it for lunch tomorrow (and Im sure the next day too!) This blog is awesome. I loved trying the recipes and not feeling guilty about great food.

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    89. Made this over the weekend, and it is phenomenal!

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    90. Question: I get 3 points for the sauce alone. 2oz of pasta, even whole wheat is 5 points for 1 cup. How can this meal be 5.25 points? Please help. It's simmering now and tastes great... By the way, made my first ST recipe last night! Chicken, Provolone and Arugula Panini! It was a hit!! Even my teenager enjoyed it! Next time I'll have to use a softer bread though ;)

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    91. i just made this (with homemade butter and ground turkey) and its AMAZING!!! this is defiantly a keeper recipe

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    92. Donna, sorry that was the old point system. I'm going to delete that line to prevent confusion with points plus.

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    93. So sorry I see I didn't respond to some comments. Yes, you can make this in the crock pot, I have a separate recipe for that. Yes, I have used prosciutto instead of pancetta in a pinch.

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    94. Thanks so much for the recipe...it was delicious. I love to cook and your site has been extremely helpful. Who knew eating healthy could be so much fun? I didn't have any pancetta so I left it out...next time I will make it the correct way. I'm not sure it can be any better:)

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    95. I did this on the stove on Sunday and it came out great! I lightened it even further by doing half ground beef and half ground chicken. You'd really never know the difference. The richness of the pancetta and beef still came through and the chicken filled it out. I was able to freeze enough for 3 more dinners.

      As usual, the listed portion size on this recipe is very generous. I found 1/2 a cup with about 2 oz (uncooked) pasta plus salad to be plenty. Of course I had a couple more bites of the pasta and sauce, but only cause it tasted so good.

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    96. We don't cook with alcohol. I know to substitute chicken or vegetable broth for wine. In a a beef based recipe like this could I use beef broth?

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    97. One of my favorites so far! I made this a few weeks ago and was blown away by how good it was. I did use 90/10 beef (not on WW - just trying to eat more healthy). I ended up letting it simmer for about 3 hours and it kept getting better. My one experiment was with the cream - I thought if I could save calories why not try. So at the end I split the sauce into 2 pots and added the half and half to one and left the other plain. The plain was good but the one with cream was awesome. It didn't change the flavor much, but it was so much smoother. Can't wait to have this again.

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    98. I made this for dinner and used spaghetti squash instead of real spaghetti so we wouldn't have the extra points. It was wonderful. My husband and I both loved it.And I will definitely make this dish again. And it is very filling.

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    99. i made this twice and my family and I love it! Thank you so much. i really enjoy your recipes!

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    100. GIna, I would love to make this tonight, but don't have the half and a half. Can I use evaporated milk? Maybe a silly question but I don't want to sacrifice flavor but not adding it.

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    101. I made it last nite and it was good. Thank you Gina :D

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    102. Sounds silly but how much salt should i put in?

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    103. What about letting it cook on low in the crock pot? I need to run errands this afternoon and don't necessarily want to leave my burner on while I'm gone. I found adorable red and white heart shaped pasta at Cost Plus so this is Valentine's dinner tonight!

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    104. Just saw this question was already asked and answered. Sorry!

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    105. Making this for Valentine's dinner tonight along with the dark chocolate chunk bread pudding. I was worried Valentine's dinner wouldn't be anything special since I am on Weight Watchers, but this is a first class meal! The sauce smells delicious! Can't wait till hubby gets home and smells it! Thanks!

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    106. Fantastic!! Thanks for another great recipe.

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    108. This recipe was amazing!

      If I can add one thing, I added 1 tbsp. of dried oregano right at the end, it adds a nice finish!

      Thanks!

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    109. I followed this recipe exactly and it was a HUGE hit. We've been eating it for a few nights and I am still not sick of it. Definitely will be making it again.

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    110. Love this meal! Hubby loves it too. Put half and the freezer and it was great for another meal later in the month.

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    111. I am new to the WW points counting, so I'll have to try this recipe. I currently live in Italy and LOVE the made from scratch, seasonal, fresh food (nothing is better than fresh pasta!). Traditionally, Bolognese is served with a mix of ground meats: beef, pork, and/or veal. A lean beef/veal combination would be very good and still lower in WW points. I don't remember how accessible veal is in the U.S., but it is used a lot in Italy and is really good! Also, I know it adds points, but a splash of good olive oil before serving is always delicious and, actually, healthy. Thanks! I'm looking forward to trying this. :)

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    112. Made this recipe tonight and it was pretty good. I just added a little more half and half which made all the difference. So, for my family, I will add 3/4 cup half and half. Otherwise it was really great.

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    113. It tried this recipes for dinner yesterday. It was the best bolognese I have ever tasted - no doubt!

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    114. I have this on the stove right now... and if I keep going back for more "taste tests" I will be out before dinner time. DELICIOUS even before the half & half and parsley have been added. Fantastic recipe, thanks!

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    115. Jessica UK5/4/12, 7:50 PM

      So I have made this and was ammazing! Thankyou for creating this website.
      Next I was thinking of doing the same but subbing meat for canned tuna, added at a later stage and also adding leeks and mushrooms in with the onions and carrots.
      Does anyone think this will work or will it be awful!? I realise its not a bolognese but think it could be good! (And its what I have in my cupboard and want to use up!)
      Thanks again, great website and recipe :)

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    116. I made this and froze the leftovers. I just reheated the portion I froze and it was just as delicious the second time. My boyfriend is on the dash diet and he tried it and was amazed that it tasted so good with such a low calorie count. Thanks for the site! I think I'm going to be hitting it up hard with the bf on a diet.

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    117. We don't eat pork in my house is there an alternative to pancetta?

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      1. Well bacon is the obvious answer for pancetta alternative, but as you do not eat pork, turkey bacon?

        It will not be the same, but it will work for a protein source.

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    119. I'm going to try to make this, but the pancetta is a little pricey for our budget and I don't really care for the turkey bacon couldn't you use extra lean ham (sandwich meat) from the deli counter? I have one other question? We are just using your site for low calorie meals we aren't doing WW when you do your calorie counts do you include the pasta or rice if the recipe is enhanced by the flavor of either one. This one I might use a spaghetti squash on......

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      1. I used a thick slice of domestic prosciutto from the deli counter at my local PathMark! Tasted great

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    120. Best bolognese I've ever had. I did forget to put in the half and half. But it was pretty good still. I love this website, I don't know if I've ever mentioned that before.

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    121. What kind of white wine should I use? I am not very experimental in the kitchen, I like ot follow recipes exactly.

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    122. In the sauce, if you wanted to use fresh tomatoes from the garden, how many would you use?

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    123. Looking at the reviews, I'm sure this sauce is fantastic. I mixed this up last night and plugged in the crock pot today while at work. I tasted it last night after everything was combined and it didn't have much flavor. Do the flavors come alive after it cooks in the crock pot all day?

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    124. Made this today and my GOD it was delicious!!!! The cream really makes this dish. I have company coming this weekend... gonna take the left overs and freeze it for when they come over. Thank you Gina! I have tried several of your recipes and this one is one of the best so far!

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    125. I can't get over how good this is on the second day. Thanks again, Gina!

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    126. I made it with ground turkey over whole wheat pasta and it's great!

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    127. I would like to make this, but what are the carb and protein counts?

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    128. I made this a few weeks ago but forgot to post on it. I had to use bacon instead of pancetta. I thought it tasted very carrot-y.

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    129. I have this sauce simmering away on the stove right now. It smells delicious. My hubby keeps coming in and asking when it will be ready to eat :)

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    130. Gina- On my way to the grocery store - this will be on the stove tomorrow. Seriously, your recipes and accompanying narratives are as good or better than most of the magazines or cookbooks out there. I certainly don't know anything about publishing but if there was a way to put together a digital version of your collected recipes and stories on your blog, I would CERTAINLY buy it to have it in my kitchen and to support your efforts!.. Thanks so much for your continued dedication! Linda O'Shaughnessy

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    131. I'm late to the party, this seems like a little known web secret! Have is on the stove now for my family and it does smell wonderful. I snuck a little taste and it was very good. I threw in a minced bell pepper since I had one on hand and fresh garlic since that never hurt anyone. Will be serving it with whole wheat pasta and whatever bag of veggies we grab out of the freezer. Will be checking out this site quite a bit more I'm sure! Thank you. KMM

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    132. I came home late from work and was planning on a quick jar sauce and spaghetti dinner but when I went to the pantry I found out I had no sauce. I had previous tried your Marinara sauce which was excelent,So I browsed your website for a quick meat sauce and stumbled upon this recipe....OMG!!!...the taste is unbelievable!, I used Turkey bacon since I was fresh out of pancetta too. I will never buy jar sauce again.

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    133. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!

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    134. Made this last night. My husband is the cook, so I was trying to knock his socks off & it worked! Thank you, Gina (AGAIN!)

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    135. Ridiculously good! I won't even consider another sauce when we have pasta these days. Kind of addicted to it. :)

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    136. Can you use ground pork instead of hamburger?

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    137. add a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon, plus a few cloves of minced ginger... trust me!

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    138. Can I use red wine instead of white? I have never used white wine in a tomato based sauce

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    139. ~This recipe is on my stove. I will share my thoughts later :)
      Jude.

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    140. Gina, I made this yesterday for dinner and it was absolutely delicious!!! My family LOVED it! The only change I made was the half & half -- I actually forgot to buy it. But I did have fat free ricotta in the fridge, so I stirred in 1/2 cup of that. The sauce was so creamy and rich tasting -- and NO ADDED FAT!!!! Best Bolognese recipe EVER! Thank you!

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    141. Oh my this is an amazing sauce!!! My boyfriend is picky and he went back for more and went on and on about how amazing the sauce was. He didn't even notice I used a GF whole wheat pasta!

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    142. This was delicious! Thank you!

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