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One Pot Harissa Pasta Bolognese

This One Pot Harissa Pasta Bolognese is the coziest weeknight dinner with barely any cleanup! The pasta noodles cook directly in a sweet and fragrant harissa-spiked tomato sauce with ground beef and toasted spices. Dairy-free, pantry friendly and so delicious!

One pot harissa pasta bolognese

Here we go with another one pot pasta recipe! You guys went crazy for my One Pot French Onion Pasta, so we’re back at it again this equally delicious One Pot Harissa Pasta Bolognese.

This is a recipe that is perfect for cold winter nights and although I currently live in sunny Santa Barbara, I developed the recipe while I was home in Chicago for winter break. Temperatures dropped to around -8° F (!) so we were all craving something warm and hearty for dinner. A pot of saucy noodles and ground beef really checked all those comfort-food requirements. And despite being low-effort, the harissa and a splash of coconut cream at the end totally transforms it into a luxurious meal.

One pot harissa pasta bolognese

Oh and another note—I was hesitant to call this pasta dish “Bolognese” for fear the Italians would come for me, but harissa “meat sauce” just simply wasn’t as sexy. A traditional bolognese sauce is generally simmered for hours while this weeknight-friendly version is ready in just about 30 minutes! I know some people aren’t crazy about the idea of cooking pasta directly in it’s sauce, but I actually love how the starch acts as a natural thickener. Plus, it makes cleanup a breeze!

Ingredients in Harissa Pasta Bolognese

(Full ingredient measurements listed in recipe card at end of page)

  • Ground beef – preferably 85% lean
  • Onion, red bell pepper & garlic
  • Harissa paste – I used this rose harissa paste
  • Ground cumin, coriander and paprika
  • Red wine
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Beef stock
  • Bucatini or spaghetti
  • Full fat coconut milk or heavy cream – optional, but so tasty
One pot harissa pasta bolognese

Let’s Make One Pot Harissa Pasta Bolognese

To make this recipe, start by browning your ground beef in a little olive oil. I like to get the pan quite hot and allow the beef to sizzle, untouched for 4-5 minutes before breaking it up. This maximizes browning and more browning = more flavor.

Once the meat is pretty much cooked through, add in your onion, garlic, spices and harissa paste. Let those toast and release their flavor before deglazing the pan with a little red wine. Add in crushed tomatoes, beef stock and salt—probably a little more than you think you need.

Bring everything up to a boil and add your pasta. You want it to be completely submerged, so break the noodles in half if your pot isn’t wide enough. Cook the pasta over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Keep in mind that the pasta will continue to cook and absorb liquid off the heat. For perfectly tender noodles, take the pot off the burner while the pasta is still slightly undercooked.

Stir in your creamer of choice and allow the pasta to rest for about 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools and the pasta will continue to soften. Serve the Harissa Pasta Bolognese in shallow bowls with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and enjoy!

Harissa bolognese sauce

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Yield: 5-6 servings

One Pot Harissa Pasta Bolognese

One Pot Harissa Pasta Bolognese

This One Pot Harissa Pasta Bolognese is the coziest weeknight dinner with barely any cleanup! The pasta noodles cook directly in a sweet and fragrant harissa-spiked tomato sauce with ground beef and toasted spices. Dairy-free, pantry friendly and so delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup harissa paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 12 oz dry bucatini or spaghetti
  • 1/4-1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk or heavy cream (to taste, optional)
  • Chopped parsley for serving

Instructions

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large, wide pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and brown, breaking it up as you go.
    2. Add the onion and bell pepper. Sauté for 4-6 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the harissa, garlic, and spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan and simmer for a minute or so to allow the alcohol to cook off.
    3. Add in the crushed tomatoes, beef stock and salt. Bring to a boil and submerge the pasta in the liquid. Boil for 12-14 minutes, or until the pasta is barely al dente. Keep in mind that the pasta will continue to absorb liquid as it sits off the heat so don’t overcook!
    4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the desired amount of cream, if using. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Notes

See blog post for tips

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 523Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 718mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 29g

All nutritional info is an estimation

One pot harissa bolognese

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