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Easy Rigatoni Bolognese

This quick and easy rigatoni Bolognese captures all your favorite Italian flavors in just under an hour. It's hearty and filling, but simple enough to make on a busy weeknight because it's made with straightforward ingredients. It can also be prepped ahead of time and enjoyed throughout the week! From our friends at


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes

  • Cook Time: 45 minutes

  • Total Time: 55 minutes

  • Yield: 8 servings

  • Category: Main Dish

  • Method: Stove Top

  • Cuisine: Italian


16 oz. rigatoni

½ cup pasta water

1 lb. ground beef (80/20)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 yellow onion, finely diced

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup finely chopped carrots

6 cloves garlic, minced

1.5 tablespoons Italian seasoning

½ cup dry red wine

28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

28 oz. can whole San Marzano tomatoes

½ cup whole milk

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese + more for garnish

Kosher salt

fresh cracked pepper

Parmesan rind (optional)

fresh chopped parsley

grated Parmesan


  1. Cook rigatoni according to package directions just until al dente. Reserve ½ a cup of pasta water for tossing the pasta in the sauce.

  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Brown ground beef, crumbling it with a spatula as it cooks until cooked through.

  3. Use a slotted spoon to remove meat from the pan and set aside.

  4. Heat oil in the large sauté pan (without wiping out the grease) over medium-high heat.

  5. Add onion, celery, and carrots along with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.

  6. Add garlic and Italian seasoning and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

  7. Add red wine and deglaze the pot, scraping all the yummy bits off the bottom.

  8. Add crushed tomatoes to the pot.

  9. Then add whole San Marzano tomatoes, crushing them with your hands as you add them.

  10. Add whole milk, Parmesan, and cooked ground beef along with a couple large pinches of salt and pepper.

  11. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add Parmesan rind.

  12. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

  13. Add rigatoni and a splash or two of pasta water as needed. Toss to coat the pasta well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  14. Garnish with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.

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