Hands-on Time
14 Mins
Total Time
14 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

This pasta bolognese recipe, made with ground pork, red wine, and grated carrot will be a quick dinnertime favorite.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta per directions. Drain.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork, carrot, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until pork is done. Add wine; cook 1 minute. Add marinara, 1/4 cup basil, salt, and pepper; bring to a simmer. Pour sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup basil.

Ratings & Reviews

Why this recipe is so underwhelming

October 27, 2017
A very important step is missing. In order to get the flavor everyone is looking for, you need to simmer on low (Crock Pot would be good here) for about 4 hours. You can't rush a Bolognese. Oh, and this isn't a Bolognese. Bolognese is made with beef and veal. It's from Bologna. There's a similar dish made in Calabria that's made with pork. I don't know what they call it there, but I suppose you could call it a Calabrese. At the end of the 4 hour simmer, stir in about a 1/4 cup of heavy cream and serve over pasta. That's the dish you're expecting. Oh, the carrot and garlic is part of something called soffritto, usually includes celery, is minced extremely fine and sauteed until golden before anything else goes into the pot. For this dish, use 1/4 cup minced carrots, 1/4 cup minced celery, and the called-for garlic, also minced very fine. It's a bit of work, but it really is worth it in the end.

Rhondarc's Review

December 10, 2013
I know I'll be making this again. My husband said it was a keeper! Fantastic and tasty meal.

JillyBurke's Review

December 23, 2013
Excellent, meaty dish and so easy to prepare. Great family weeknight meal. Needed a little more salt in my opinion. I can never find low sodium marinara so I used my favorite Newman's brand.

Estela819's Review

December 03, 2013

GreenGal's Review

April 27, 2012

cmm1415's Review

February 08, 2014
My family really enjoyed this meal and the pork added a different twist to the Bolognese. I will be making this again for sure.

hclark3018's Review

December 19, 2013
It was a good meal, but it wasn't anything extraordinary.

daneanp's Review

June 18, 2014
Tasty! DH doesn't care for cooked carrots, so I substituted some sliced yellow onion. Quick and easy for a weeknight meal.

spitfyre's Review

March 28, 2012
Fantastic recipe. Added all of the basil at once instead of sprinkling some at the end. Turned out extremely well. Served with steamed green beans and bragged to all my friends.

PatGrant's Review

December 04, 2013
I too didn't expect too much but wanted something different. This was FANTASTIC. I used Marcella red wine and it really worked out well. I would def make for company it was that good!!!