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A white bowl full of homemade bolognese sauce garnished with fresh basil.

Healthy Fettuccine Alla Bolognese with It’s Skinny 9 Calorie Pasta

Recipe by Michelle Ragusis
  • Cook Time 20 Minutes
  • Serves 4 - 6
  • Difficulty easy
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Classic Fettuccine Alla Bolognese takes us all back to Grandma’s house for Sunday dinner—heaping plates of pasta, savory meat sauce, topped with a sprinkle of salty, tangy parmesan cheese. It's the stuff that memories are made of.

But Fettuccine Alla Bolognese on a weeknight? That’s just crazy-talk, right? Who has time to create an Italian classic when you get home from a long day? Besides, who can eat all those carbs without a nap on the horizon?

Prepare to be amazed! With It’s Skinny Fettuccine Pasta and this recipe, all your comfort dish dreams are about to come true. This recipe comes together fast, full of flavor, and with none of the guilt. You can have it all—even on a weeknight!

An Italian Classic with a Modern Twist

Fettuccine Alla Bolognese is fettuccine with a delicious meat sauce. Bolognese is a tried-and-true Italian dish, originally from the Northern Italian City of Bologna. The original dish takes hours of simmering, sauteing, and braising. Meat (usually pork or beef) is cooked with carrots, onions, tomato paste, and aromatics to create a crowd-pleasing, hearty dish.

Here, we’ve taken the best part of Fettuccine Alla Bolognese—the sauce—and combined it with It’s Skinny Pasta Fettuccine. These noodles in the flat, fettuccine shape are perfect for swirling in the sauce. Better yet, they take on the flavors of the dish, making it taste extra indulgent.

In our healthy Fettuccine Alla Bolognese, we use ground beef and pancetta to give the meaty flavor. You can find both types of meat at the butcher counter in your grocery store. If you're unfamiliar with pancetta, it's made from pork belly and similar to bacon. Unlike bacon, however, pancetta isn’t smoked during the curing process. You’ll find it in thin slices or cubes (which may be more suited to this dish).

The other ingredients in this Fettuccine Alla Bolognese are likely very familiar to you—onion, garlic, carrots, tomatoes, parsley, and lemon. We use milk and Parmesan to give the dish richness and a slightly creamy texture like the authentic Italian Bolognese. Red wine adds depth, while salt, pepper, and chili flakes add a little kick.

Our Fettuccine Alla Bolognese is low-carb and keto-friendly. It’s Skinny Pasta is very low calorie, gluten-free, and low-carb. You get all the flavors of the yummy, familiar Italian dish without the heaviness and sluggishness from eating too much pasta (hey, we've been there).

Even though cooking Bolognese is often a slow process, we’ve streamlined the dish to ensure it’s simple enough for a weeknight. Dice the vegetables, sauté them and the meat, and finish it up while your pasta cooks (in just minutes). It’s easy-peasy and stress-free!

Fettuccine without the Guilt

Think fettuccine is only for special days and Sunday dinners? Think again! With It’s Skinny Pasta Fettuccine, you can enjoy your favorite noodle any time!

If you’re new to the world of It’s Skinny Pasta, don’t worry! It’s delicious and easy to work with. The noodles require very little cook time and have only 9 calories per bag (yes, you read that right)! They work in any pasta dish (and we even have rice too).

You can buy It’s Skinny Pasta on Amazon, making it super convenient. People are always surprised at the variety of It’s Skinny Pasta shapes (including Spaghetti, Angel Hair, and of course Fettuccini), making them perfect for any dish. The pasta cooks in no time flat. Better still, it takes on the flavors of the sauce and other components, making it an excellent base for many different meals.

With It's Skinny Pasta, all you do is open the bag, drain, and heat. Here we used salted boiling water to ensure the noodles are extra flavorful and the ideal texture for Fettuccine Alla Bolognese. Be sure to make plenty (this recipe serves 4-6) because it’s bound to be a hit!

What the Heck is Konjac?

We’ve all been disappointed by “healthy” pasta before. Some are gummy, hard to work with, or not quite as low-cal or low-carb as they appear. Fortunately, with It's Skinny Pasta, you can really trust that it's low-carb, gluten-free, and low-calorie.

This miracle noodle is made from Konjac. So what the heck is Konjac? It's a root vegetable that is a little like a yam, potato, or turnip. Konjac doesn't have a strong flavor by itself, but when combined with a delicious pasta sauce, it takes on all the best parts of the dish.

Better still, It's Skinny with only 9 calories is perfect for a weeknight dinner. If you're headed out with friends, going to the gym, or chilling after a long workday, the last thing you want is something that's going to make you feel weighed down and stuffed. It's Skinny is filling, to be sure (thanks, fiber!), but it won't leave you feeling like you're ready to go straight to bed after dinner. It's light, healthy, and delicious.

When we cook with It's Skinny, we always complement this fantastic pasta with the freshest ingredients. When using light and healthy pasta, you don't have to stress about piling on the sauce. Load up, and you'll still come in much healthier than you would with a traditional pasta dish (sorry, Grandma).

Healthy Fettuccine alla Bolognese Recipe

Are you ready to make your new favorite low-carb pasta dish? Assemble your ingredients and get ready to do some slicing and dicing. In no time, you’re going to have a yummy, satisfying, and filling pasta dish that you can feel good about.

Note: This Fettuccine Alla Bolognese recipe serves 4-6 people. Invite some friends to enjoy dinner and discover the 9 calorie noodle!


Fettuccine Pasta | It's Skinny
  • 1 Package It's Skinny Fettuccini
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ pound pancetta
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 small can of crushed tomato
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 bunch fresh Italian parsley
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chili flakes
  • Olive oil
  • 2 packages of It’s Skinny Fettuccine Pasta


Dice carrot, onion, garlic, and pancetta.
In a large pan, sauté onion, garlic, and carrots with 2 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt until tender, approximately 4 minutes.
Add pancetta and sauté until cooked.
Add ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until brown.
Strain ground beef, pancetta, and vegetables in a colander to drain the fat.
In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups crushed tomatoes, 2 tbsp tomato paste, and ½ cup wine.
Return beef to the pan and pour tomato mixture over the top. Add half of the parsley and cook on low to medium heat.
Open and drain It's Skinny Pasta Fettuccine, rinse with warm water, then add to sauce and mix well.
Top with Parmesan, chili flakes, and the zest of one lemon.