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A white cast iron pot of One Pot Bolognese on a wooden table.
One Pot Penne Bolognese with Fennel Seed - Pressure Cooker Version
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
17 mins
Pasta with a Bolognese sauce is a classic recipe, but in this One Pot Penne Bolognese version the fennel seed adds a subtle twist.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta, Sauces, One Pot Meal, Beef
Servings: 6
Calories: 570 kcal
Author: Meredith Laurence
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ pound ground veal or turkey
  • teaspoons salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white wine or red wine if you prefer
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 12 ounces dried penne pasta about 4 cups
  • grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  1. Pre-heat a 6-quart multi-function pressure cooker using the BROWN or SAUTE setting.
  2. Add the olive oil and sauté the onion, carrots and celery until the vegetables start to soften – about 6 minutes. Stir in the fennel seeds and fresh thyme and cook for another minute or so. Add the meats to the cooker and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Break the chunks up with a wooden spoon as you brown the meat until there is no pink left visible.
  3. Add the wine and stir, scraping the bottom of the cooker to incorporate any bits of flavor. Bring the mixture to a boil for 2 minutes. (If your multi-cooker doesn’t have a brown setting, use a Dutch oven on the stovetop for the steps above and transfer the contents to the cooker now.)
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and beef stock and stir in the pasta, doing your best to get the pasta covered with liquid. Cover and lock the lid in place.
  5. Pressure cook on HIGH for 7 minutes.
  6. Release the pressure with the QUICK-RELEASE method and carefully remove the lid.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with Parmesan cheese at the table.
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Penne Bolognese with Fennel Seed - Pressure Cooker Version
Amount Per Serving
Calories 570 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 1070mg45%
Potassium 1044mg30%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 3665IU73%
Vitamin C 17.6mg21%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.