Quick & Easy One Pot Penne Bolognese Recipe

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Looking for a quick and easy one pot meal for dinner tonight? This simple penne bolognese recipe is exactly what you need!

I know what it’s like to be a busy mom, juggling all of the crazy-ness of the day and then also having to figure out what to make for dinner…every single night of your life!

That’s why I love a good fast dinner recipe, and this one is under 20 minutes!

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    Bonus points if the meal only requires a few affordable ingredients. Even better, this recipe uses only one pot for easy clean up! Less dishes? Yes please!

    This recipe is easy to double (or triple) for large families, or make a large batch and eat leftovers the next day or for lunch.

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    What is Penne Bolognese?

    A Bolognese recipe is a meat sauce that is mixed together with pasta before serving. Simply put, a penne Bolognese is a dish using penne style pasta mixed with meat sauce.

    If you are trying to make dinner with whatever you have on hand in your pantry, you can use any kind of pasta! This is an easy recipe that every beginner home chef should keep in her back pocket for busy weeknights.

    Ingredients to make One Pot Penne Bolognese

    • 1 lb Ground Beef
    • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
    • 2 cups Beef Broth
    • 3 cups Uncooked Penne Noodles
    • 2 cups Spaghetti Sauce of Choice
    • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella

    How to Make One Pot Penne Bolgnese for Dinner Tonight

    Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

    When the meat is mostly cooked (almost no pink remaining), add the garlic. Continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

    Add the beef broth and bring to a boil.

    Add the penne noodles, stirring to cover all of the noodles with the broth. 

    Bring to a boil, cooking for an additional 7 to 8 minutes or until the noodles are tender.

    Add the spaghetti sauce and stir until all of the noodles are covered and continue to cook until the mixture is hot throughout.

    Add the shredded mozzarella and allow to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted, then enjoy!

    How to Freeze Penne Bolognese

    This penne Bolognese recipe is a perfect freezer meal to make ahead for busy weeknights. The easiest way to make this meal freezer friendly is to cook ground beef in bulk to use in several different recipes, add the sauce, and pop it in your freezer.

    Store the sauce in an airtight container (for up to 3 months), like these reusable freezer bags.

    When you’re ready to eat, defrost your meat sauce by placing it in the fridge the night before, then reheat your sauce on the stove. Simply take the 8-10 minutes to cook your pasta and add the sauce and serve.

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    One Pot Penne Bolognese Recipe

    • Author: Shannon Cairns


    This quick and easy one pot meal is the perfect dinner for busy families on weeknights.



    1 lb Ground Beef

    1 tbsp Minced Garlic

    2 cups Beef Broth

    3 cups Uncooked Penne Noodles

    2 cups Spaghetti Sauce of Choice

    1 cup Shredded Mozzarella


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