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fettuccine bolognese high protein pasta recipe

Fettuccine Bolognese

A high protein pasta recipe made with a beef and bacon meat sauce and fresh fettuccine.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword healthy pasta, high protein pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 315 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff


  • 2 lbs Ground Beef I used 96/4 from HEB
  • 6 slices Center Cut Bacon cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium (200g) Sweet Onion diced
  • 2 medium (150g) Carrots peeled and finely grated
  • 4 cloves (20g) Garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Red Wine Vinegar
  • 28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Fish Sauce* optional
  • 3 Bay Leaves optional
  • 9 oz Buitoni Fresh Fettuccine or your choice of pasta
  • 1/2 C Pasta Water


  1. Add the ground beef to a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook until no pink remains. Set aside.

    cooked ground beef for fettuccine bolognese
  2. Add the bacon to a second skillet (stainless steel if possible) over medium-high heat and fully cook. Remove the bacon from the skillet, leaving the grease behind.

    cooked bacon pieces in a skillet
  3. Carefully add the vinegar to deglaze the pan (remove any stuck bits on the bottom) before adding the onions, carrots, and garlic. Stirring often, cook until the onions and carrots soften, about 5-7 minutes.

    sofrito for fettuccine bolognese
  4. Add the tomatoes, cooked bacon, fish sauce, and spices to the onion and carrot mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously, before reducing the heat to medium-low.

    bolognese after adding crushed tomatoes and other ingredients to sofrito
  5. Add the bay leaves and stir well before adding the beef. Continue cooking over medium-low while the pasta cooks, about 10-15 minutes. (Remove the bay leaves before adding the cooked pasta.)

    bolognese sauce before adding the beef
  6. Cook the pasta in salted water. Add 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the bolognese and stir well before adding the cooked pasta. Toss everything together and remove from the heat.

    bolognese with cooked fettuccine

Recipe Notes

*If you omit the fish sauce, you'll likely want to add a bit of salt.

  • Each serving has 6 Smart Points.
  • Nutrition info for bolognese only: 1,802 calories, 228g protein, 93g carbs, 52g fat, and 24 Smart Points. 
Nutrition Facts
Fettuccine Bolognese
Amount Per Serving (250 g (about 1 3/4 cup))
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Protein 32g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.