Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
48 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups pasta mixture, 1 cup sauce, and 1 tablespoon cheese)

Before: Pasta Bolognese. More meat than actual sauce, Bolognese sings with fatty cuts of beef and pork, then sits atop a mountain of white pasta. To flip, we "beef up" just 6 ounces of sirloin with loads of mushrooms, aromatics, and walnuts.

Just when you think there isn't enough veggie goodness, we pack even more into the base disguised as "boodles" (butternut noodles), intertwined with whole-grain pasta. You'll need a spiralizer or julienne peeler to make the veggie noodles. The meaty texture and nutty flavor from the walnuts is downright addictive.


How to Make It

Step 1

Pour boiling water over porcini in a small bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Remove porcini with a slotted spoon; finely chop porcini, and reserve soaking liquid.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, carrot, and celery; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cremini mushrooms and garlic; cook 6 minutes or until mushroom liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally. Add beef; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in porcini, oregano, salt, pepper, and tomato sauce; pour in porcini liquid, stopping before grit at bottom of bowl reaches sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 12 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally to keep sauce from sticking.

Step 3

Run squash through a spiralizer to create noodles, or cut into long noodles with a julienne peeler; set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat, and adding butternut noodles during last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain.

Step 4

Stir walnuts into sauce; spoon over pasta mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

So very good!

February 07, 2016
I bought a spiralizer but that didn't go great. Need practice! Got a little bit to add to my pasta. But the Sauce was amazing. Used regular mushrooms. So good1

Yummy and filling

January 26, 2016
This was a really good recipe.  I just doubled the amount of cremini mushrooms and didn't add the dried mushrooms.  The butternut squash was hard to spiralize, so I might try zucchini next time. 


January 09, 2016
The recipe did require a bit of chopping and had various steps but it was well worth the work!

A little work, but outstanding

December 30, 2015
We absolutely loved this recipe. We made it as described, but used a mixture of dried mushrooms. If you wanted to make it without meat, I'd just add a few more mushrooms and could also make all of the noodles be "boodles."