Barilla Heart Pasta with Bolognese and Meatballs

Inspired by Nordstrom and shared with their permission – Feel the love with this Classic Bolognese sauce served over Barilla Love Pasta.

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High Protein

Everyone loves pasta with a Bolognese sauce and meatballs…but have they tried it with Barilla Heart Shaped Pasta? The simple addition of charming heart-shaped pasta makes all the difference in the dish. You can feel the love with every bite. It’s the perfect date night meal idea! 

Ingredients 6 Number of Servings

1 box Barilla Heart Shaped Love Pasta (or Barilla pasta of choice)

½ tbsp Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

8 leaves basil, torn

Bolognese Sauce:

1 stalk celery

1 carrot

½ onion

4 oz Italian pancetta

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

½ lb ground beef

½ lb ground pork

½ cup dry white wine

1/3 cup tomato paste

3 cups water

½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated 


1 lb ground chicken

3 slices white bread, no crust, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

¾ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

1 tbsp parsley, chopped

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  • For Bolognese Sauce

    In a food processor, process the vegetables and the pancetta until they are finely ground.

  • Add the ingredients to a medium sized pot with the olive oil and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.

  • Add ground pork and ground beef and brown well, about 15 minutes.

  • Deglaze with wine; evaporate completely, then cover with water.

  • Add tomato paste and bring the sauce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 2 hours, the sauce should be thick, and the meat should be very tender.

  • For Meatballs

    Preheat oven to 400° F. Soak bread in a bowl of water.

  • In a bowl combine chicken, cheese, parsley, garlic and soaked bread [squeeze out excess water] and mix [important to not overmix].

  • Shape 1-inch size meatballs. 

  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through.

  • For Pasta

    Cook Barilla Love Heart Shaped pasta according to package directions.

  • Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat bring the Bolognese sauce to a simmer. 

  • Drain pasta and add to the sauce.

  • Toss well, plate, then top with 3 meatballs. Garnish with cheese and basil.

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