Quick Dino Pork Bolognese

Quick Dino Pork Bolognese is made in under 45 minutes, perfect for a last-minute dinner for the kids! Made with pork sausage filling, tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, and oregano, then served on fun dino pasta to make it even more kid-friendly!

This Quick Dino Pork Bolognese Pasta is so tasty and made twice as fast as regular beef bolognese sauce! It contains all the usual ingredients like carrots, onions, garlic, and tomato, and a little secret: some extra umami flavour. If you run out of Bolognese and want to make the kids a fast and tasty, try this! Even the pickiest eater will love it!

Pork Sausage to the Rescue

Quick Pork Bolognese

Why pork sausages and not just minced pork? Well, because the meat is already seasoned to perfection and has the right amount of fat to get the most taste possible in the shortest time. You could leave the pieces of meat in chunks, but frankly, if the meal is intended for kids, blend slightly in the end with an immersion blender. This way, your picky eaters won’t see the difference between a long-cooked Bolognese sauce vs. a short-cooked one. I’ve used a simple Italian sausage type, but it could be a sage-flavoured or mildly spiced one, you choose.

Kid-Friendly Pasta

Quick Pork Bolognese

I found those lovely dinosaurs’ pasta the other day and thought they were perfect for my kids to dig in! My kids need their sauce as homogenous as possible; otherwise, they might get fuzzy about it. Plus, the dino pasta will distract them from any texture issues. Also, these animal forms are great at holding in the meat sauce and make less of a mess than spaghetti. It could also be fusilli, penne, or rigatoni. If it’s intended for a toddler, you can use those tiny stars or mini cylinders for soups. This way, your little one will enjoy much more!

Secret Ingredient

Substitute the salt with fish sauce as a nice trick to bring in the umami! This Southeast Asian sauce is the key to a well-balanced pork Bolognese. This step is optional since it’s not a common ingredient in Western Cuisines, but highly recommended. To learn more about this secret ingredient, check out this article!

Quick Pork Bolognese

Conservation

To reheat your pasta, always keep the sauce and the pasta in separate containers in your fridge. To reheat them, simply boil some water and cook the pasta for a minute to warm them up so they keep their shape and texture. You can freeze the Pork Bolognese sauce in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.

Some other kid-friendly pasta dishes you might like:

Quick Pork Bolognese dino pasta

Easy Pork Bolognese Pasta

This fun and easy pork bolognese pasta take only half the time of a standard one with loads of flavors and a favorite of kids, served on fun dino pasta for the picky eaters.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bolognese, dinosaures, kid-friendly, meat, pasta, pork, sausage
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

  • 350 g pork sausages
  • 800 g peeled tomatoes equi. 2 cans
  • 300 g tomato paste
  • 2 carrots cut into small cubes
  • 1 onion cut into small cubes
  • 2 garlic clove chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • ½ tsp fish sauce optional
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • On medium-high heat in a big saucepan or pot, cook the interior of the sausages in olive oil.
  • Once primarily brown, add the carrots, onion and one garlic, and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Incorporate the tomatoes, the paste, oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add, 5 minutes before the end, the other garlic.
  • Blend lightly and carefully with an immersion blender before serving.

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Notes

Serve on al dente fun dino pasta to make it extra fun for the kids and some parmesan!

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 733mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3284IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pork Bolognese Pasta
Amount per Serving
Calories
243
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
9
g
Cholesterol
 
32
mg
11
%
Sodium
 
733
mg
32
%
Potassium
 
762
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
3284
IU
66
%
Vitamin C
 
20
mg
24
%
Calcium
 
69
mg
7
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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