A Squared: What's For Dinner Wednesday: [Lightened Up] Spaghetti Bolognese

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What's For Dinner Wednesday: [Lightened Up] Spaghetti Bolognese

I realize that last week's Wednesday post was also a pasta recipe, but since Alex and I eat pasta so frequently it wouldn't be too weird for me to post another.  This Bolognese sauce is one of Alex's favorites. It is rich and hearty-- the ultimate comfort food, but also still impressive enough that you could serve it to guests.  It's one of my favorite meals to make when we're having a date night in and it's perfect with a glass of red wine.

The best part of all is that it is adapted from a Cooking Light recipe and incorporates lean bison and whole grain spaghetti so it isn't all that bad for you either!



  • 1.5-inch slice French bread 
  • 1/4 cup skim milk 
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil 
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine 
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dry basil  
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 12 oz. ground bison
  • 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes 
  • 4 cups hot cooked whole grain spaghetti (about 8 oz. uncooked)
  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced 
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

Pulse bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs are created. In a small bowl, combine crumbs and milk. Set aside,

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot and sauté for 8 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste and sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in vinegar and wine. Cook for 30 seconds and then add oregano, basil, salt, peppers, and bison. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add breadcrumb mixture and tomatoes, sir to combine, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve over spaghetti. Top with basil and cheese.

Inspired by original recipe courtesy of Cooking Light.

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