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A white cast iron pot of One Pot Bolognese on a wooden table.
One Pot Penne Bolognese with Fennel Seed - Stovetop Version
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 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: Beef, Pasta, Sauces, One Pot Meal
Servings: 6
Calories: 596 kcal
  • 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 milk
  • 1 cup white wine or red wine if you prefer
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 12 ounces dried penne pasta about 4 cups
  • grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  1. Pre-heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
  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 Dutch oven 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. Pour in the milk and stir, scraping the bottom of the Dutch oven to incorporate any bits of flavor. Increase the heat a little and simmer until the milk has almost entirely disappeared – about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the wine and continue to simmer until it too has almost disappeared – another 10 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Simmer (with a lid askew) for at least 2 hours.
  5. Thirty minutes before you are ready to serve, add the beef stock and the penne and return the mixture to a full simmer. Continue to simmer for another 25 minutes.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with Parmesan cheese at the table.
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Penne Bolognese with Fennel Seed - Stovetop Version
Amount Per Serving
Calories 596 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 1125mg47%
Potassium 1117mg32%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 3650IU73%
Vitamin C 16.4mg20%
Calcium 155mg16%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.