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Summery Bolognese 3.0

My third iteration in the Summery Bolognese series focused on lighter, leaner pasta sauces.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: calabrian chili, fennel, Italian, marsala, meat sauce, pasta, pasta sauce, pork, ravioli, stuffed pasta, Tomato, tomato sauce, tortellini, veal
Servings: 6 People


  • 1 Pack Trader Joe’s Stuffed Pasta
  • 1 Lb Ground Pork
  • 1 Lb Ground Veal
  • 20 Oz Canned Tomato Puree
  • 1 Fennel Bulb finely diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves finely diced
  • 3 Calabrian Chilis finely chopped
  • 3 Sprigs Thyme Leaves
  • 1 Tsp Fennel Seed
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flake
  • 1/2 Cup Marsala
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta per package instructions, it cooks really fast so its best to wait until the sauce is pretty much done.
  • Heat about 1 Tbs of olive oil in a skillet/saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add the fennel, cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the meat, cook for about 7-8 minutes and mostly cooked through.
  • Add the garlic, herbs/spices, and calabrian chili, cook for an additional minute.
  • Pour in the Marsala, allow to reduce for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato puree.
  • Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.