It’s no secret… I LOVE Italian food, and I’m a HUGE fan of pasta.
I always order the Jenny pasta dishes, and it’s pretty frequent that I’m trying new Italian dishes here at the house. It’s such comfort food and such a treat, I love finding healthy alternatives to some of the calorie-rich treats of the past. This dish was UNBELIEVABLE, and the perfect sauce to have in the crockpot on a snowy day.
The recipe itself comes from Gina over at Skinnytaste. I’ve looked at this recipe SO MANY TIMES, but I’ve never had the pancetta on hand to make it. The night before the snow rolled in, I made it a point to pick up pancetta and extra lean ground beef. I’m so glad that I did!
Note: My version of this sauce yielded a different amount of servings than Gina’s, and yours may come out slightly different as well. Always measure out your sauce to be sure you’re eating the calories you’re expecting. I made half of the recipe Gina posted originally and adjusted the nutritional information based upon what my version created.
Crockpot Bolognese Sauce
2 oz pancetta, chopped (or center cut bacon)
1/2 large white onion, minced
1 celery stalks (about 3/4 cup), minced
1 carrots (about 3/4 cup), minced
1 lb 95% lean ground beef
2 Tbsp. white wine
1 – 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 bay leaves
salt and fresh pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup half & half cream, fat-free
1. In a large deep saute pan sprayed with cooking spray, sauté pancetta on low heat until the fat melts, about 4-5 minutes.
2. Add onions, celery and carrots and cook on medium-low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Note: To mince the celery, onion, and carrots, I used my food processor to create that finely chopped effect!
3. In a separate pan sprayed with cooking spray, add meat, season with salt and pepper and sauté until browned. Once meat is browned, drain and rinse. Place in a food processor and grind to a fine texture.
4. Add beef to the vegetable mixture. Add wine; cook until it reduces down, about 3-4 minutes.
6. After the 6 hours, adjust salt and pepper to taste.
7. Add half and half and parsley.
8. Stir and serve over 2 ox. of your favorite pasta or spaghetti squash.
Per 1/2 cup serving (sauce only):
CAL 183; CARB 12g; FAT 7g; PROT 20g; FIB 2g; WW Points Plus: 5