Bolognese Soup


The slow-simmered mixture of aromatic vegetables, beef, pork, wine, and cream takes the leap from sauce to soup by stirring in noodles and a little extra broth.

Bolognese Soup in blue bowl
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
11 cups


  • 4 ounce pancetta, chopped

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup chopped carrots

  • 1 cup chopped fennel bulb

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 pound ground beef and/or pork

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 cup dry white wine

  • 1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes, undrained and cut up

  • ¼ teaspoon grated whole nutmeg or 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

  • 1 1- to 2-inch piece Parmesan cheese rind

  • 1 14.5 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken or beef broth

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 3 ounce dried spaghetti, broken, or other pasta


  1. In a 5- to 6-qt. Dutch oven cook and stir pancetta over medium-high heat 5 minutes or just until starting to brown. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add carrots, fennel, and garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes more.

  2. Add ground meat to Dutch oven. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 9 minutes or until meat is browned, breaking up meat as it cooks; drain off fat. Add wine, scraping up any crusty brown bits. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until wine is reduced slightly.

  3. Stir in tomatoes and nutmeg; bring just to simmering. Add cheese rind; simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in broth and cream. Bring to boiling; stir in spaghetti. Simmer 10 minutes more or until spaghetti is tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

548 Calories
35g Fat
19g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 548
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 691mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 16.9mg 85%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 795mg 17%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 51.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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