one pot bolognese in a dutch oven
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One-Pot Bolognese

This warm bolognese only requires you to use one large pot!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: dutch oven, ground beef, ground beef recipe, one pot, pasta dinner, pasta dish
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 337kcal



  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 yellow onion diced small
  • 2 carrots chopped small
  • 1 lb. ground beef at last 85% lean
  • 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 lb. long pasta spaghetti, linguini, or something similar.
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Dash of red pepper flakes
  • Shredded parmesan cheese optional, for serving


  • In a dutch oven or a large stockpot, heat up the olive oil over medium heat (about 30 seconds).
  • Throw in the minced garlic, diced onions, and chopped onions. Sprinkle with salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground beef. Break it up with a wooden spoon and mix with the carrots and onions. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the ground beef has fully browned. Leave the cooked off fat in the pot.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Let it come to a simmer.
  • Break the long pasta in half with clean hands. Tuck the pasta into the simmering sauce using your wooden spoon, then cover completely.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring it every 5 minutes. Make sure to keep covering the pot after doing a stir. This will prevent anything from burning at the bottom.
  • Top with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh oregano, if desired.


The calories do not account for added cheese and are calculated with an 85/15 ground beef.